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Nations Most Stressful and Underpaid Jobs, Not So in Casper


"If you care about your work like I do and you try to produce a product and things don't go right, there's stress with it." -Joe Fernau, Casper Municipal Golf Course, Superintendent 

According to a recent study 15 careers are the most stressful under-paid jobs in the US and while some make sense, others will have you scratching your head.
One place where frustration is guaranteed daily for all employees: hotels.
Ramkota General Manager LeAnn Miller said, "It's either feast or famine. So, yes the hospitality industry can be very stressful."
Between dealing with either picky or irate guests, and managing a bunch of workers it's no wonder working in a hotel can give anyone a headache.
Miller said, "You go in your office. Take a deep breath, and scream silently."
While hospitality seems to be a clear candidate for the crown of stress, one place you may not expect it: the golf course.
The only thing that stresses me out about 18 holes: My swing. But when you're in charge of the entire course things can be a little more nerve racking. Joe Fernau has been the superintendent at Casper Municipal Golf Course for 30 years and he says that certain courses just come with aggravation.
Fernau said, "Augusta National, I'm sure that superintendent is under high stress and pressure."
Because managing a golf facility is the same as running any other company.
Fernau said, "If you care about your work like I do and you try to produce a product and things don't go right, there's stress with it."
This list isn't only about stress though, it's also about income. And back at the Ramkota money isn't falling from the sky, but it's not bad.
Miller said, "We'd all love to be in a higher income bracket. We negotiate our own place, and then we're happy with that."
Meanwhile on the green, Fernau says the stress isn't too bad either.
Fernau said, "A surgeon, if things don't go right on the operating table. I'm sure that's a lot more stressful than my job. You're dealing with life and death."
So while the study may be true, the exception to the rule might be here in Casper.
The study also listed restaurant managers and emergency dispatchers. In fact most of the jobs involve being in command of one situation, while still answering to someone. Which is likely the cause of the stress.
Miller and Fernau both say loving what you do can relieve a lot of that stress and make the paycheck agreeable.


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