Study Makes You Wonder: Is Your Job Making You Depressed?

A new government study ranks U.S. jobs by the rate of depression experienced by people who work in them.

“People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers,” according to an Associated Press article.

The study found that 7 percent of full-time workers experienced depression in the last year, according to the report.

Among the findings:
* Women were more likely to have had a bout of major depression than men
* Younger workers experienced higher rates of depression than older workers
* The highest rate of depression was in personal care workers, which incorporates caring for children, the elderly, and seriously disabled persons

The second highest rate of depression? Well, that was among people who prepare and serve food, including cooks, wait staff, and bartenders. Hmmm, no wonder I was always cranky when I worked at my restaurant jobs as a teenager…

Third place in the depressing jobs arena was a tie between health care workers and social workers.

Which occupational category had the lowest rate of depression? It was the field that includes engineers, architects and surveyors.

You can find the results of the study one the Web.

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