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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

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                    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

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                            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

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                                                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

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                                                  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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                                                              Published on September 16, 2020

                                                              12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                                                              12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                                                              Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

                                                              Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

                                                              Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

                                                              Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

                                                              Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

                                                              Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

                                                              1. Organization

                                                              When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

                                                              When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

                                                              Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

                                                              To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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                                                              2. Flexibility

                                                              You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

                                                              Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

                                                              For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

                                                              To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

                                                              3. Collaboration

                                                              As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

                                                              Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

                                                              To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

                                                              4. Poise

                                                              Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

                                                              When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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                                                              What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

                                                              To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

                                                              5. Communication

                                                              Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

                                                              When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

                                                              To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

                                                              6. Good Computer Hygiene

                                                              Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

                                                              Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

                                                              To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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                                                              7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

                                                              Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

                                                              Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

                                                              To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

                                                              8. Respecting Feedback

                                                              In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

                                                              Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

                                                              To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

                                                              9. Project Management

                                                              Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

                                                              To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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                                                              10. Staying up to Speed

                                                              Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

                                                              To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

                                                              11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

                                                              “Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

                                                              To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

                                                              12. Teamwork

                                                              Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

                                                              Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

                                                              To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

                                                              To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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