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.
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.
Average annual income: $56,040
Electrical technicians may develop, assemble and test electrical equipment.
The big reasons they made it to the list of least stressful jobs, Lee said, are that they work on their own schedule and aren’t on any great deadlines.
Plus, remember that electrical systems are at the core of every home and business, and even the most do-it-yourself inclined among us don’t want to try it themselves for fear of burning down the house, so most customers are grateful to call in an expert — and have the problem fixed.
And then there was light!
Average annual income: $29,960
If you’re a furniture upholsterer, chances are, you’re doing something you love — not just getting a job to pay the bills. Plus, clients actively seek you out — they aren't forced to work with you like that guy in the cube next to you — and they have a problem you can fix.
Not to mention — you make your own hours, and chances are that just about every sales transaction ends with a “Thank you, I greatly appreciate it!”
Average annual income: $53,250
First, if you’ve devoted your life to being a dietitian, then looking up recipes and diet tips online isn’t just something you sneak on your lunch hour. They’re part of your job.
The clients who come to you want your help — they want to eat better and feel better. They need you. And, when they start seeing results, they’re going to be extremely grateful that you have helped them look and feel better — things they weren’t able to achieve on their own.
That’s a recipe for low stress!
Average annual income: $31,250
A precision assembler works on sub-assembly or final assembly of products such as machinery, electronic equipment, or aircraft, according to CareerCast. Some work for big companies, others are small two- or three-person operations who do one specific type of assembly, one specific type of product.
“It’s the low end of the manufacturing process but it’s also the least stressful end,” Lee said. “You’re doing the finishing work.”
No one wants mistakes, so there’s little pressure — and you can work at your own pace, Lee said.
Average annual income: $66,660
An audiologist is someone who works with the hearing impaired to help improve their hearing. It’s generally in a health-care or educational facility, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It involves testing, diagnosing and determining treatment.
You’re helping to repair one of the person’s core senses that is used for everything from work to social interaction, so there’s gratification in the work you do and immense appreciation from the people you’re doing it for — a clear path to low stress.
Average annual income: $36,280
These are the people who actually work in a lab. They do lab tests and analyses — everything from blood work to autopsy-related tests — whatever health-care need comes in. They have to be methodical and precise — there are no deadlines.
“Anyone who’s ever waited for a medical report knows there are no deadlines!” Lee quipped. “They want to get it done right.”
Average annual income: $26,560
Like the furniture upholster, nine times out of 10 a dressmaker or tailor has chosen this profession for a love of the work. Add to that the fact that you get to set your own hours and your customers are often immensely grateful that you’ve made them look better. That's a perfectly tailored situation for low stress.
But here, too, is a perfect example of how it’s not always as simple as swapping a high-stress job for a low one — you wouldn’t find many firefighters trading in their helmets for a measuring tape or pin-cushion wristlet.
Average annual income: $22,760
Speaking of jobs you wouldn’t expect a former firefighter to pick up — hair stylist.
First, hair stylists have the advantage of doing something they love. Plus, they’re in the business of making people look pretty, which makes their customers more appreciative. Imagine if every day at the office ended with, “Thanks, you are amazing!”
Average annual income: $35,170
Here, too, a jeweler takes up the profession for a love of the craft — working with gems and helping customers find just the right earrings or necklace, be it a custom piece or something out of the case.
You’re working with beautiful things, precious things that make people — or the ones they love — smile.
“People in this profession really tend to enjoy it,” Lee said.
Average annual income: $32,350
And the No. 1 least stressful job is … medical records technician!
Medical records technicians should not be confused with medical lab technicians. These guys work in the doctor’s office, not the lab, and their job is to make sure the records are in the right place and there when the doctor needs them.
You might have thought the No. 1 job would be more glamorous, but admit it — manila folders give you a lot less lip than that guy in the cube next to you!
And this is not a job you take home with you.
“You don’t even think of it before you walk in to the office and you’ve forgotten about it before you even walk out the door!” Lee said. “It’s very low stress — but it’s providing a service that people need.”