Stress—gaaaaaaaah! It's everywhere these days. And nowhere do we get more stressed out than at work.
Forty percent of American workers say their job is very or extremely stressful, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
"We look at things like: Is it a job in which your own life is at risk or the lives of others?" said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com and JobsRated.com.
In all, there are 11 different criteria that determine the most and least stressful jobs. But, it's not just dangerous jobs or jobs with great physical demands. Some jobs also make the list because there are constant deadlines, responsibility for others or the job involves a lot of work in the public eye, he said. They also factor in job outlook, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If the outlook is weak, that adds to the stress level.
The good news is that stress levels seem to be on the decline from a year ago.
"That's primarily due to economic conditions. As the country continues to recover, stress levels continue to fall, the hiring outlook improves a little, workload improves a little and overall job stress improves a little," Lee said.
So, did your job make the list? Click ahead for the 10 most stressful jobs for 2014.
By CNBC's Cindy Perman
Posted 7 Jan. 2014