Denmark’s most depressing jobs

New study reveals cashiers, cleaners and kitchen assistants to be among the most depressing occupations

Cashiers, cleaners, kitchen assistants and teachers all have at least one thing in common   they are all jobs with higher than average depression rates, according a new study by the National Research Centre.

The study, which surveyed 27,000 Danish employees, asked participants to rate how often they experienced 12 different depressive symptoms, including sadness, a lack of energy and a bad conscience. Answers were rated on a scale between 0 and 50 points, with 0 being the lowest.

According to the study, which surveyed all occupational groups, Danes have an average depression level of 8.3  the same level as in 2012.  In some industries, the number is significantly higher. For example, 11.2 for cashiers and 10.1 for cleaners.

Women more susceptible
“Women tend to exhibit more symptoms of depression. Those coming from a low socio-economic position also have a higher chance of having depressive symptoms,” Ida EH Madsen, a senior researcher at NFA, told

“Our studies seem to suggest that working with other people can increase the risk of developing mental illnesses requiring treatment. The emotional demands of the work also plays a big role in depression rates,” she continued, stressing that it is difficult to draw firm conclusions due to the fact that it’s difficult to gauge how people feel.

Jobs with highest rates of depression:

 Cash assistants
 Social sciences academics
 Kitchen assistants
 School teachers
 Food and beverage industry employees
 Passenger service staff
 Special educators
 Client information clerks
 Pharmacy technicians and phlebotomists