Since it seems there are a lot of examiners here, tell me about stress. How do you really feel bi-week to bi-week? When did you start feeling comfortable with the job? Was it worth all the effort you put in to get to the position you are in now?
As a new examiner, I'd say this job is pretty damn stressful. I am learning a lot about my art but still feel anxious doing a case and not knowing if its out there or not.
For what it's worth, I started just under 2 years ago. It was stressful at first, but that really just amounted to confidence (or lack thereof) in my decisions. After 6 months or so, I started to get more confident and my primary said I could start doing things on my own (without asking about art every day). At this point, the job causes me almost zero stress on a daily basis. I'm not sure others had the same experience but in my area, this seems pretty typical.
Hang in there. It gets easier with experience.