More than 16% of bus drivers reported being clinically depressed in a recent study that compared rates of depression diagnoses across 55 job categories.
Other depressing jobs, according to a team of doctors and industrial hygienists who published their findings in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epistemology: real estate agent, social worker, manufacturing employee and personal services provider, such as a hairdresser.
Generally, the study found, people with relatively sedentary jobs requiring “frequent or difficult interactions with the public or clients” were most prone to depression. About 10% of Americans will experience clinical depression at some time in their lives.
Depression costs American businesses at least $83 billion per year, mostly due to lost productivity.