An interesting report carried by Reuters examined employment status and mental health. Specifically, it found that certain types of service workers were more likely to experience depression. Additionally, it found that the sciences, engineering, and maintenance careers were the least likely to have depressed workers.
I always think it is interesting to see these types of reports since job stress can certainly contribute to depression. However, I think the results give more indication about the types of people that go into those jobs than those jobs actually creating people who experience depression. Meaning, that people choose certain areas of work for reason that may be reflective of their already formed personality, and that these traits are what makes the difference in depression levels rather than job stress or income levels.
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Meek, W. (2007). Depression & Work. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/11/17/depression-work/