Going public with a list of the least and most stressful jobs is kind of like the Baseball Hall of Fame selection process — you won't make most people happy, but you will get their attention.

CareerCast, a job-search services firm, took that bold step recently and used a kind of complicated system for evaluating jobs, coming up with a "stress score" for the position listed.

While both lists seem plausible, CareerCast's website has been deluged with complaints (particularly referencing the high-stress list) from readers who say their job was left off and is, of course, more stressful than some of the ones on the list.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.