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D. Is Your Job Considered Stressful?

Narrator: This is Science Today. It may come as no surprise to learn that white collar professions such as law, can be very stressful. But according to Dr. Mark Schenker, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Davis, traditional ways of looking at the workplace would not consider these professions stressful.

Schenker: What was considered stressful was blue collar jobs where you didn't have control over your workplace environment, you couldn't take a break when you wanted, you couldn't change your hours, you couldn't have this flexibility and that white collar jobs where those things existed were considered to be not stressful. And I think that that is inaccurate. 0:20

Narrator: Schenker conducted a study which found women lawyers working between 45 to 70 hours per week were five times as likely to feel high stress at work.

Schenker: There are stresses of a different nature, but by the traditional criteria, yes lawyers can make personal calls during the day and they can do other things that we would say gives you control over your environment but that is only part of the story. 0:14

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.