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30 Low Stress Jobs to Live a Peaceful Life

30 Low Stress Jobs to Live a Peaceful Life

For a lot of us, our jobs take up most of our waking hours. Very often, it can feel like the stress that comes with the pay is overwhelming, and we’ll start to wonder if we should be doing something else with our lives. Here are 30 low stress jobs, according to the Occupational Information Network Database. The database calculates a stress tolerance score for each job on a scale of 0 to 100, 0 being the lowest stress level.[1] Hopefully you will find some pleasant surprises, as well as some inspiration from the list.

Geoscientists

    Credit: Mike Beauregard

    Stress Tolerance Score: 63

    Annual Salary: US$89,700

    Job Description: Conduct fieldwork or laboratory research, analyze physical aspects of the Earth such as composition and structure

    Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

    Glass Blowers

      Credit: Ben Snooks

      Stress Tolerance Score: 62

      Annual Salary: US$29,630

      Job Description: Heat glass and shape molten glass into glassware, inspect products for quality

      Education Requirements: Vocational training or apprenticeship

      Applications Software Developers

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        Stress Tolerance Score: 61

        Annual Salary: US$98,260

        Job Description: Create and develop computer applications software, update applications software and systems, analyze data on performance and user experience

        Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

        Proofreaders

          Credit: Merlijn Hoek

          Stress Tolerance Score: 61

          Annual Salary: US$35,630

          Job Description: Check for and correct grammatical, typographical, or style errors in copies

          Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

          Physicists

            Credit: m01229

            Stress Tolerance Score: 61

            Annual Salary: US$111,580

            Job Description: Develop theories of observed physical phenomena, conduct experiments, publish findings in academic journals

            Education Requirements: Graduate degree

            Solar Energy Systems Engineers

              Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

              Stress Tolerance Score: 61

              Annual Salary: US$95,900

              Job Description: Design and evaluate solar projects for residential, commercial, or industrial customers, such as water heating systems

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              Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

              Bakers

                Credit: Julia Manzerova

                Stress Tolerance Score: 73

                Annual Salary: US$24,170

                Job Description: Handle ovens and other machines to produce baked goods from measured ingredients

                Education Requirements: High school diploma, or apprenticeship

                Dental Hygienists

                  Credit: Myfuture.com

                  Stress Tolerance Score: 71

                  Annual Salary: US$72,330

                  Job Description: Examine gums, clean apparatus, manage medical histories

                  Education Requirements: Vocational schools training

                  Post-secondary Psychology Teachers

                    Credit: Joby Elliott

                    Stress Tolerance Score: 71

                    Annual Salary: US$70,260

                    Job Description: Prepare course materials, give lectures to students, grade assignments (may include laboratory work) and exams, conduct research

                    Education Requirements: Graduate degree

                    Librarians

                      Credit: Enokson

                      Stress Tolerance Score: 70

                      Annual Salary: US$56,880

                      Job Description: Assist patrons in locating needed information, acquire, catalog, and maintain library materials

                      Education Requirements: Graduate degree

                      Art Directors

                        Credit: David Schroeder

                        Stress Tolerance Score: 69

                        Annual Salary: US$89,760

                        Job Description: Manage projects and budget, formulate and review style of content, present designs to clients

                        Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (some jobs in the field do not require a degree, depending on experience)

                        Technical Writers

                          Credit: Eelke

                          Stress Tolerance Score: 69

                          Annual Salary: US$70,240

                          Job Description: write, edit, and review technical materials such as equipment manuals, conduct research, communicate with engineers and producers

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                          Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

                          Computer Hardware Engineers

                            Credit: NASA Johnson

                            Stress Tolerance Score: 67

                            Annual Salary: US$111,730

                            Job Description: Design and develop computer equipment, test products, coordinate with software engineers to improve system performance

                            Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

                            Orthodontists

                              Credit: University of the Fraser Valley

                              Stress Tolerance Score: 67

                              Annual Salary: US$187,200+

                              Job Description: Diagnose abnormalities of the teeth and the jaw, apply dental devices in patients’ mouths, review dental medical histories of patients

                              Education Requirements: Post-doctoral training

                              Hand Sewers

                                Credit: Hernán Piñera

                                Stress Tolerance Score: 67

                                Annual Salary: US$23,640

                                Job Description: Use needles and thread to join parts of garments, toys, or books, etc.

                                Education Requirements: Vocational training or apprenticeship, or high school diploma

                                Political Scientists

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                                  Stress Tolerance Score: 67

                                  Annual Salary: US$99,730

                                  Job Description: Teach political science at tertiary institutions, research government policies, develop theories, publish academic writings

                                  Education Requirements: Graduate degree

                                  Self-enrichment Education Teachers

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                                    Stress Tolerance Score: 66

                                    Annual Salary: US$36,680

                                    Job Description: Conduct classes or workshops on self-improvement (courses may not be academic or occupational)

                                    Education Requirements: Related experience in the field, or vocational training

                                    Judicial Law Clerks

                                      Credit: ELSA International

                                      Stress Tolerance Score: 65

                                      Annual Salary: US$50,740

                                      Job Description: Assist judges in court, prepare and review legal documents

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                                      Education Requirements: Professional degree

                                      Mapping Technicians

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                                        Stress Tolerance Score: 63

                                        Annual Salary: US$42,010

                                        Job Description: Produce physical and digital maps, check and update maps, develop and maintain geographic or topographic databases

                                        Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

                                        Post-secondary Law Teachers

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                                          Stress Tolerance Score: 63

                                          Annual Salary: US$105,250

                                          Job Description: Teach courses in law, prepare course materials, conduct research

                                          Education Requirements: Graduate degree or professional degree

                                          Operations Research Analysts

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                                            Stress Tolerance Score: 63

                                            Annual Salary: US$78,630

                                            Job Description: Use mathematical methods to study data, assist in decision-making by the management, prepare project reports including cost, logistics, etc.

                                            Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree (typically master’s)

                                            Massage Therapists

                                              Credit: Nick Webb

                                              Stress Tolerance Score: 63

                                              Annual Salary: US$38,040

                                              Job Description: Apply pressure on clients’ soft tissues and joints, suggest treatment to clients based on medical or physical conditions

                                              Education Requirements: Vocational school training

                                              Economists

                                                Credit: Next Radio

                                                Stress Tolerance Score: 59

                                                Annual Salary: US$99,180

                                                Job Description: Conduct research, develop and test theories of economic issues including market trends and public policies

                                                Education Requirements: Graduate degree

                                                Farmworkers

                                                  Credit: Matthias Hiltner

                                                  Stress Tolerance Score: 58

                                                  Annual Salary: US$19,770

                                                  Job Description: Cultivate crops such as vegetables and grains in the field (manually or using farm vehicles)

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                                                  Education Requirements: Mainly experience in the field

                                                  Travel Agents

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                                                    Stress Tolerance Score: 57

                                                    Annual Salary: US$35,660

                                                    Job Description: Plan and sell tours, evaluate costs of accommodation, transportation, etc. for customers

                                                    Education Requirements: High school diploma and/or experience in the field

                                                    Food Scientists

                                                      Credit: Queen’s University

                                                      Stress Tolerance Score: 56

                                                      Annual Salary: US$65,840

                                                      Job Description: Study the processing and deterioration of foods, design methods of study, inspect quality of raw materials and food products

                                                      Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

                                                      Remote Sensing Scientists

                                                        Credit: IPAS institute for photonics & advanced sensing

                                                        Stress Tolerance Score: 52

                                                        Annual Salary: US$97,130

                                                        Job Description: Analyze data and design projects for purposes including urban planning and homeland security

                                                        Education Requirements: Graduate degree

                                                        Door-to-door Sales Workers

                                                          Credit: Nick Normal

                                                          Stress Tolerance Score: 51

                                                          Annual Salary: US$22,210

                                                          Job Description: Introduce, explain, and sell goods and services door-to-door

                                                          Education Requirements: Mainly experience in the field (or high school diploma)

                                                          Library Technicians

                                                            Credit: BiblioArchives

                                                            Stress Tolerance Score: 34

                                                            Annual Salary: US$32,310

                                                            Job Description: Assist readers in using the library catalogs and finding needed information, manage materials in the library collection

                                                            Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or vocational training

                                                            Models

                                                              Credit: fervent-adepte-de-la-mode

                                                              Stress Tolerance Score: 24

                                                              Annual Salary: US$27,530

                                                              Job Description: Model garments or accessories fashion shows and photoshoots

                                                              Education Requirements: Experience in the field

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                                                              How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                                              How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                                                              Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                                                              As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                                                              While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                                                              What is a Mission Statement?

                                                              Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                                                              In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                                                              “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                                                              In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                                                              Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                                                              While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                                                              First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                                                              While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                                                              While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                                                              “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                                                              This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                                                              What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                                                              When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                                                              Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                                                              When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                                                              • What we do?
                                                              • How we do it?
                                                              • Whom do we do it for?
                                                              • What value are we bringing?

                                                              Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                                                              After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                                                              What we do? Provide widgets.

                                                              How we do it? Online.

                                                              Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                                                              What value we bring? The best widgets.

                                                              The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                                                              Compare that mission statement to this one:

                                                              “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                                                              What’s the difference?

                                                              Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                                                              Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                                                              You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                                                              A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                                                              Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                                                              1. Keep It Brief

                                                              Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                                                              You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                                                              2. Have a Purpose

                                                              A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                                                              Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                                                              3. Include a “How”

                                                              Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                                                              How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                                                              4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                                                              This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                                                              Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                                                              5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                                                              It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                                                              Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                                                              6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                                                              Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                                                              7. Think Long Term

                                                              A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                                                              8. Get Feedback

                                                              This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                                                              Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                                                              9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                                                              You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                                                              First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                                                              And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                                                              For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                                                              The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                                                              It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                                                              First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                                                              If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                                                              Strategic Planning

                                                              A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                                                              Measuring Performance

                                                              By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                                                              Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                                                              Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                                                              Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                                                              As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                                                              Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                                                              To Hold Management Accountable

                                                              By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                                                              So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                                                              If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                                                              To Serve as an Example

                                                              This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                                                              After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                                                              Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                                                              Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                                                              Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                                                              That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                                                              By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                                                              [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
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