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The least stressful job in America pays $71,410—here are the other 9

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More than three quarters of Americans say they feel unduly stressed at work. What if you didn't have to be in that camp?

While it is impossible to eliminate stress from your work life entirely, you might have more control than you think over how often you feel that frustrating or nervous tension. That's because the career we chose has a huge impact.

A survey by CareerCast found that 78 percent of workers rate their job stress at a seven or higher on a 10-point scale —that's a big jump from the 69 percent who said the same only two years ago.

So how do you find a job that promises you won't be in that majority? Turns out you need to avoid occupations that come with frequent, hard deadlines and lots of public interaction, as these were the two most common factors driving stress. Jobs that place you in harm's way — like solider, firefighter or police officer — won't help either.

Instead, opt for one of these 10 jobs listed below. All of these occupations scored at the very bottom of CareerCast's ranking of the most stressful jobs in America, thanks to their low scores across 11 different factors, including travel demands, environmental conditions, physical demands, deadlines, interacting with the public, working in the public eye, growth potential, competition in the field, hazards encountered on a regular basis, responsibility for the safety of others, and potential for harm/death.

1. Diagnostic medical sonographer

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Annual median salary: $71,410
Projected job growth through 2026: 23 percent

These healthcare workers create images of the body's organs and tissues, known more commonly as sonograms or ultrasounds.

2. Compliance officer

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Annual median salary: $67,870
Projected job growth through 2026: 5 percent

These workers are responsible for ensuring a company follows legal and industry regulatory requirements and the organization's own internal policies.

3. Hair stylist

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Annual median salary: $25,850
Projected job growth through 2026: 13 percent

These workers make you look good by providing hair cutting, styling and coloring services.

4. Audiologist

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Annual median salary: $75,920
Projected job growth through 2026: 21 percent

Specializing in the ear, these healthcare workers diagnose and treat patient's hearing issues, balance or other related problems like tinnitus.

5. University professor

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Annual median salary: $76,000
Projected job growth through 2026: 15 percent

Teaching college and graduate students is these workers' main responsibility, but they also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

6. Medical records technician

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Annual median salary: $67,870
Projected job growth through 2026: 5 percent

These healthcare workers ensure patient health information is accurate, secure and organized, both in paper files and in electronic systems.

7. Jeweler

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Annual median salary: $37,960
Projected job growth through 2026: -7 percent

Designing, appraising, repairing and selling all kinds of fine metal and precious stone accessories are what these workers do.

8. Operations research analyst

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Annual median salary: $81,390
Projected job growth through 2026: 27 percent

These workers use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help businesses solve problems.

9. Pharmacy technician

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Annual median salary: $31,750
Projected job growth through 2026: 27 percent

Commonly seen in retail pharmacies and hospitals, these healthcare workers dispense prescription medication to customers or other health professionals.

10. Massage therapist

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Annual median salary: $39,990
Projected job growth through 2026: 26 percent

These workers relax and treat clients by manipulating the muscles and soft tissues of the body to relieve pain and stress.

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