We were asked, "How Stressful is Software Engineering on Average?"
First of all, be clear. *Average* stress is not what an individual should be concerned about. Your concern should be about stress in your particular environment.
Second, you may be confused because of the widespread misuse of the word “stress.” Physicists say “stress” when they speak of applied forces.
The way a system responds to those forces is called “strain.”
When you are the system subject to stress, you are a human being, not an inert piece of material. Therefore, you can learn to adjust the amount of strain you experience from the stresses in your environment.
Two people working in the same environment can experience widely different strains.
One person can be destroyed by a “stressful” environment while another can be inspired to work miracles. It’s your choice. Instead of worrying about the stress of your environment, work on the strained ways in which you respond to that environment.
Don’t be a victim.