Some jobs are more stressful than others. A recent study from CareerCast analyzed careers according to 11 specific demands placed on workers that are known to cause stress. The list evaluated factors like like travel time, competitiveness, and deadlines.
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Professions that were especially dangerous, and also extremely important, topped out the most stressful spots. Now it’s time to look at the other side of the data.
Here are today’s least stressful jobs. (The salary data noted here is from PayScale’s Research Center).
1. Hair Stylist – median pay, $9.42 per hour.
Stress score: 5.47
Compared with the most stressful job, which has a stress score of 71.59, (firefighter), hair stylists seem to have it made. We know that they don’t exactly have a dangerous job, not does it require much travel, but we wonder if stylists would agree that their job is so stress-free. Any time you work with people, things can get pretty stressful.
2. Audiologist – $63,097 median annual salary.
Stress score: 6.30
Perhaps the quiet nature of the audiologist’s workplace helped lower the profession’s stress score. Or, maybe it’s the fact that audiologists help clients every day. The work is meaningful and rewarding. Plus, most get to set their own hours, and the compensation isn’t half bad.
3. University professor (tenured) – $86,798 median annual salary.
Stress score: 6.94
Although some teaching jobs fell into the scariest jobs of 2015 category, college professor always seems to do quite well in the low-stress rankings. However, the recent debate regarding the future of a tenure track for professors, is likely to change the availability of these jobs going forward.
4. Medical Records Technician – median pay, $11.94 per hour.
Stress score: 7.55
This work is steady and relatively low stress. The job site is quiet and hours are regular. Even better, this field is expanding. Twenty-two percent job growth is expected by 2022.
For more, check out the full list of least stressful jobs of 2015.
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