Burnout is a type of work-related stress that causes a state of physical or emotional exhaustion. It also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The characteristics of jobs that are most prone to burnout could be longer hours, increased demands on employees, email overload or even having to work more than one job. Other factors could be anxiety, creating high standards and expectations on yourself and working yourself too hard. Many jobs come to mind, but what profession is the most prone to burnout?
The American Medical Association estimates that almost 50% of physicians experience symptoms of serious job burnout. This is attributed mostly to the demands and stress of taking care of patients, long hours, late nights working and administrative responsibilities.
The American Medical Association found the highest rates of burnout in physicians that focus on Urology (54% surveyed), Neurology (53% surveyed), Physical medicine and rehabilitation (52% surveyed), Internal medicine (49% surveyed). Here’s how to know if you are suffering from burnout at work.