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America's Least Stressful Jobs 2012

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The Least Stressful Jobs 2012

Bring up the idea of LEAST stressful jobs and someone is sure to jump up and declare, “Hey, how do I get one of those?”

Job-search portal CareerCast has once again crunched the statistics and come up with its list of the 10 least stressful jobsin America.

“The least stressful jobs are the ones where expectations on you aren’t high and you have complete control over your day,” said Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.comand JobsRated.com.“You’re not dependent on other people to do their job for you in order for you to do yours.”

They’re also mostly 9 to 5 jobs, so you don’t have to take your work home with you. “You can turn it off when you walk out,” Lee explained.

And, it can never be overestimated that, with many of these jobs, you’re providing a skill or service that people want and seek out, so your clients are often grateful. They appreciate you and choose to work with you.

Indeed, the appeal of a low-stress job is great — especially when you consider this extraordinary fact: The salaries of many of the least stressful jobs are about the same as many on the list of most stressful jobs.

“Your salary may not even suffer” as a result of choosing a low-stress job, Lee said. But, it’s not so easy as just changing teams to a low-stress job. Many people who would choose a high-stress job like, say, firefighter, wouldn’t necessarily choose a low stress job like (spoiler alert) jeweler.

In all, CareerCast used 11 criteria to come up with its list: travel, outlook/growth potential income, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public.

So what are these low-pressure jobs? Click ahead to read about the 10 least stressful jobs of 2012.

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America's Most Stressful Jobs 2012

By Cindy Perman
Posted 3 Jan 2012

Source: To calculate average income, CareerCast used a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trade associations and pay surveys.

Photo: Martin Poole | Stockbyte | Getty Images