Top 10 least stressful careers

Posted on January 10, 2014


In today’s fast-paced and busy world, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid stress in day-to-day life, especially if one is trying to balance family and work while earning an online degree. However, there are certain career fields that give people less anxiety than others.

For those who are looking for a low-anxiety job that still pays well and works with their study efforts, take a look at these excellent career choices that could be the perfect fit for anyone’s educational journey thus far:

1. University professor
With long breaks during the school year and most professors having a September to May schedule, there is plenty of time off for university professors. Although tenured professors may have some pressure to publish or write research or papers, they still typically have a cozy and laid-back atmosphere in which to work. There are also very few travel demands outside of a mandatory conference or two. With universities and colleges expanding, this is also a growing field that pays well.

2. Seamstress/tailor
For the most part, this job allows professionals to be the in-demand experts on how to get things done when it comes to sewing, making and repairing clothing. Many seamstresses and tailors can also set up their own hours, giving them a leisurely work pace.

3. Medical records technician
With an online health care management degree, students can enjoy a variety of health care jobs. However, the least stressful of these might be a medical records technician. Although this career pick requires a lot of precision and thought, the role allows people to work alone without a lot of supervision.

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Another rating of least stressful jobs

By Kyle Kensing

No career is totally free from stress. We all face work-related responsibilities in our jobs and with those responsibilities come challenges. Yet some careers are simply less stressful than others, especially when you love your job.

“Helping customers select or create jewelry, especially for special occasions, still brings me a lot of joy, even after 32 years in this business,” says Inger Stovanich, who works as a jeweler in Hamilton, N.J. Jeweler ranks No. 3 in the new Jobs Rated report on the nation’s least stressful jobs for 2014.

“Each day I look forward to my job, and I’d have to agree that stress isn’t an emotion I feel at work. I truly love what I do,” says Stovanich. To be sure, the kind of stress a job presents varies depending on the field. Consider audiologist, which scores as the least stressful job, according to the 2014 Jobs Rated report’s metrics.

Debbie Abel, an audiologist in Poway, Calif., with 35 years of professional experience, says the field presents its own unique challenges. But it also has its own unique rewards. “I have people on my Facebook [page] who I fit with hearing aids as children, and they are having their own children now,” Abel says. “The relationships are the rewards and seeing how [audiology] positively impacted their lives.

“I can’t imagine having done anything else,” she adds.

The factors that make some jobs less stressful than others can be measured and compared, as we do in this annual report. The 11 factors we consider for each of the 200 careers reviewed are:

  • Travel (the more travel, the higher the stress)
  • Growth potential (dead-end jobs tend to create more stress)
  • Deadlines

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