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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

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            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

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                  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

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                          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

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                                                          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

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                                                            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

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                                                              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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                                                              Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                                                              Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                                                              Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                                                              Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                                                              Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                                                              Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                                                              How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                                                              The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                                                              You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                                                              Physical Signs

                                                              Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                                                              It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                                                              In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                                                              Mental Signs

                                                              One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                                                              I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                                                              Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                                                              • The tension in your neck
                                                              • Difficulties with sleeping
                                                              • Unable to concentrate
                                                              • High anxiety
                                                              • Depression

                                                              If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                                                              Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                                                              Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                                                              The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                                                              Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                                                              Desire for an Increase of Salary

                                                              The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                                                              At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                                                              Overnight Decision

                                                              Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                                                              Rejected for a Promotion

                                                              I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                                                              Bored at Work

                                                              Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                                                              A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                                                              • How long have you worked in your career?
                                                              • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                                                              • Do you receive recognition?
                                                              • Can you consider working in a new department?

                                                              If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                                                              How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                                                              I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                                                              One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                                                              It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                                                              A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                                                              You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                                                              • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                                                              • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                                                              • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                                                              How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                                                              The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                                                              1. Write a Career Plan

                                                              A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                                                              You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                                                              2. Weigh Your Options

                                                              If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                                                              You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                                                              3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                                                              It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                                                              A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                                                              • Economic factors
                                                              • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                                                              • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                                                              • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                                                              • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                                                                A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                                                                4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                                                                A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                                                                • What is required to be successful in the role?
                                                                • What certification or educational development is needed?
                                                                • What are the challenges of the role?
                                                                • Is there potential for career advancement?

                                                                A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                                                                Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                                                                5. Research Salary

                                                                Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                                                                It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                                                                6. Be Realistic

                                                                If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                                                                For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                                                                Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                                                                7. Volunteer First

                                                                A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                                                                Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                                                                Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                                                                8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                                                                I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                                                                • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                                                                • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                                                                • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                                                                • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                                                                Bottom Line

                                                                It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                                                                Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                                                                Reference

                                                                [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                                                                [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                                                                [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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