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GFI Survey Finds Two-Thirds of IT Administrators Have Considered Switching Careers Due to Job Stress

CLEARWATER, Fla. April 19, 2012 National Stress Awareness Month April 1

Opinion Matters

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Nearly 70% of all IT administrators surveyed consider their job stressful.
  • Greater than 67% of IT administrators consider switching careers on either an occasional (43%) or regular (25%) basis due to job stress.
  • 72% of respondents consider themselves either just as stressed as or the most stressed compared to others in their social circle.  
  • While less than half (47%) of IT admins at companies with between 10 and 49 employees say their jobs are stressful, that number skyrockets to 83% when those at companies with between 50 and 99 employees are polled, representing the most stressed group in the respondent base.
  • The top three sources of stress for IT admins are: management (28%), tight deadlines (20%) and the users they support (18%).
  • IT admins in the Northeast are the most stressed in the country (74%). Midwesterners are the least stressed, with nearly two-thirds (64%) still saying their job is stressful.

In addition to the stressors themselves, IT admins also noted that they routinely put in many overtime hours beyond the traditional 40-hour work week. More than one in three (36%) say they work eight hours or more of overtime during an average week, which adds up to nearly 10 extra weeks per year.

  • Lost sleep over work (42%)
  • Missed out on social functions (40%)
  • Missed time with their kids (39%)
  • Canceled commitments to friends and family due to work (35%)

Additionally, many respondents say their job has even affected their health:

  • Nearly one in four (22%) say they don’t feel great physically
  • 20% say they have experienced stress-related health issues such as high blood pressure

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A copy of the full survey results is available upon request.    

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