Some people thrive under intense pressures on the job (as long as they feel as if they are in control), but would be seriously stressed if they were stuck performing dull and routine work that did not challenge them.
According to the American Institute of Stress, job anxiety is “far and away” the major source of stress for American adults. Workload accounts for the primary cause of stress on the job (46 percent), followed by “people issues” (28 percent), juggling work and personal lives (20 percent) and lack of job security (6 percent).
Stress, of course, is subjective. Some people, the Institute notes, thrive under intense pressures on the job (as long as they feel as if they are in control), but would be seriously stressed if they were stuck performing dull and routine work that did not challenge them.
And while no job is stress-free, some can be said to be less stressful than others. CareerCast.com has done just that with its top 10 rankings of the least stressful jobs of 2015.
At the top of the list; hair stylist (median salary $22,770). “Hair stylists typically work either with walk-in customers or build their own regular clientele,” CareerCast notes. “The most successful doing the latter can open their own businesses and thrive.” They make it sound so easy. What about demanding customers, bratty children, local competition?
Some measures of stress are easy to identify, the survey states. If your life is constantly in jeopardy or you have demanding deadlines, it can be said that you have a stressful job. If, on the other hand, you work one-on-one helping others, or you can set your own schedule, the odds are in your favor that what stress you do experience is at least not on the job, or is at least at a healthy level.
At No. 2 on the CareerCast list of the top 10 least stressful jobs for 2015 is audiologist ($69,720).
They tend to be in control of their schedules and work in a quiet environment, such as a medical office, school, or nursing home.
No. 3 is a tenured university professor (upwards of $95,000). Not for the research-averse or for those who don’t like writing. But once you achieve this apex of academia, you can cease worrying about job security (except in extraordinary circumstances such as an ill-advised social media post that could get you dismissed).
Medical records technician ($34,160) comes in at No. 4. As with audiologists, employees in this fast-growing field often work in a quiet environment. Jeweler ($33,350) comes in at No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10 are:
6. Medical Laboratory Technician ($47,820)
7. Seamstress/Tailor ($25,590)
8. Dietitian ($55,240)
9. Librarian ($55,370)
10. Forklift Operator ($31,150)
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.