I always knew folks in the insurance industry had it made.
Now I know you’ve had a bad rap for a while and you’re often pinpointed as the antagonist in movies, but here’s some good news that will make up for it.
You are some of the healthiest—and hence, happiest workers—at least according to a report from health.com.
They sum up the reason quite simply:
“Employer-sponsored health insurance is a key part of workplace health, so companies in the business have a leg up. Three of the 12 Well Workplace Awards given out in 2012 by the Wellness Council of America went to health insurance companies. Actuaries, who often work as statistical analysts for insurance companies, were ranked second in CareerCast’s Best Jobs 2012 list, due to its low level of stress and physical demands. The job also earned a spot on Monster.com’s 2012 Best Careers for Right Now list because of its low unemployment levels—a sure boost for workers’ emotional health.”
When someone gives you a hard time, just know you are in good health company with small business employees, fitness instructors and florists—because no one usually faults these people.
Additionally, you’re better off than a whole host of seemingly important people. Careers falling under the worst health list include corporate execs, enlisted soldiers, police officers and firefighters. The latter three seem pretty obvious, but what’s the problem with being a successful exec?
Though their salary and benefits climb, so do their hours and stress levels. And then you might become someone like Jamie Dimon.
And nine-to-five desk jobs—that would be me—also make the list for having the worst jobs for health. That’s obvious because, as health.com notes, “sitting all day has been linked to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity, an increased risk of heart disease and a shorter lifespan—even among people who squeeze in exercise before or after work.”
So with that news combined with the fact that the (ever-shrinking) journalist field is largely comprised of a bunch of drinking, smoking, junk-food eating curmudgeons, well, maybe you insurance folks have it figured out better than people like myself. Oh, and health.com also ranked writers as belonging to an elite list of 10 careers with high rates of depression.
Then again, all of us on the list should take comfort in the fact that we have a job—a bit of a miracle considering the last jobs report. Then again, that just gives me one more reason to feel a bit depressed.