Top 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2013

Tanner Naeschke
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2013 4:14 pm
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  • 10. Drill Press Operator
    Despite working with heavy machinery in industrial environments, the BLS reports that the work has little danger, and drill press operators typically have the ability to work at their own pace. That makes this profession one of the more desirable careers in the manufacturing industry. MEDIAN SALARY: $31,910 JOB OUTLOOK: 6% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 11.32
  • 9. Librarian
    A peaceful atmosphere and unlimited access to literature makes librarian a welcoming career option for the bookish. Librarians have many careers paths at schools, colleges and universities, city/county funded libraries and in corporate research. MEDIAN SALARY: $54,500 JOB OUTLOOK: 7% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 10.58
  • 8. Hairstylist
    A hair stylist often works in a fast-paced environment, with customers coming and going throughout the day. However, interaction with these clients is one of the perks of working as a hair stylist, as many customers become friends. The field is one that promotes creativity, and while salaries are typically low, this is a career funded largely on gratuities, which can be very generous. MEDIAN SALARY: $22,500 JOB OUTLOOK: 14% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 10.41
  • 7. Dietitian
    Dietitians serve an increasingly vital role in American culture as they help to battle obesity. Most dietitians work with people from many different walks of life and ages, and they tend to focus on crafting plans for individuals to help them meet their dietary needs. MEDIAN SALARY: $53,250 JOB OUTLOOK: 20% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 10.24
  • 6. Audiologist
    Audiologist is a field with a tremendous outlook for growth, as well as a healthy median pay level that rises annually with demand. The work environment is pleasant, the clients are passive (typically elderly) and most audiologists maintain their own practice and set their own hours. MEDIAN SALARY: $66,660 JOB OUTLOOK: 37% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 9.35
  • 5. Medical Laboratory Technician
    Medical lab technicians work in an environment conducive to productivity, largely free from distraction to analyze samples. By working out of the public eye, technicians can focus on helping the physicians they serve at their own pace. MEDIAN SALARY: $46,680 JOB OUTLOOK: 13% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 9.28
  • 4. Jeweler
    Jewelers work out of the public spotlight, primarily in workshops and behind the scene in jewelry stores. The most successful jewelers are entrepreneurs with their own outlets, while most still have lucrative opportunities to buy and sell precious metals for a profit. MEDIAN SALARY: $35,170 JOB OUTLOOK: -5% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 8.26
  • 3. Medical Records Technician
    A growing profession in the stable healthcare industry is medical records technician. Medical records technicians work in the office side of hospitals, doctors and dentists practices. MEDIAN SALARY: $32,350 JOB OUTLOOK: 21% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 7.5
  • 2. Seamstress/Tailor
    Seamstresses and tailors mend clothing to personal specifications. For that reason, they must show a great attention to detail, but have the ability to work creatively every day. Most tailors work in a peaceful atmosphere, allowing them to focus on the task at hand without distraction. MEDIAN SALARY: $25,850 JOB OUTLOOK: 1% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 6.5
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  • 1. University Professor
    University professors are at the pinnacle of the education field. Their students are largely those who choose the classes they attend, and thus want to be in class. Unlike elementary and secondary educators, the performance of college professors isn't evaluated based on standardized tests. University professors also have the opportunity to earn tenure, which guarantees lifetime employment. MEDIAN SALARY: : $62,050 JOB OUTLOOK: 17% JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 6.45
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