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With all the challenges facing today's working Americans, having a low-stress job can go a long way toward improving quality of life. What makes a job low stress? CareerCast.com says it's a combination of factors, including work environment, job competitiveness and risk.

The employment website recently examined more than 200 different professions to determine which jobs offer the least (and most) stress, and the results below may surprise you. Some of the jobs pay modestly -- under $30,000 a year -- but others pay more than $50,000 a year.

And contrary to what you might imagine, the least stressful job in the U.S. -- at least according to CareerCast.com -- is also the one that requires the most education and training.

Take a look, and then let us know: Which do you think is the least stressful job in America?

10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2013

  1. Drill Press Operator
    Median Annual Salary: $31,910

  2. Librarian
    Median Annual Salary: $54,500

  3. Hair Stylist
    Median Annual Salary: $22,500

  4. Dietician
    Median Annual Salary: $53,250

  5. Audiologist
    Median Annual Salary: $66,660

  6. Medical Laboratory Technician
    Median Annual Salary: $46,680

  7. Jeweler
    Median Annual Salary: $35,170

  8. Medical Records Technician
    Median Annual Salary: $32,350

  9. Seamstress or Tailor
    Median Annual Salary: $25,850

  10. University Professor
    Median Annual Salary: $62,050

Also, check out CareerCast's list of The Most Stressful Jobs of 2013.






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Thanks for the blog posting for the jobs in america. many private and government jobs is waiting for us. am i right?

January 11 2013 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ASCP_Chicago

Is life in the lab low stress? I don’t have a single colleague in the medical laboratory profession who would say yes. Medical laboratory technicians and other lab professionals are on the frontlines of patient care, performing tests that help doctors diagnose disease and determine the right treatments. In fact, more than 70 percent of medical decisions for patients made by physicians are based on medical laboratory diagnoses.

Laboratory medicine might not be low stress, but it is a very rewarding career and the need for laboratory professionals is currently outpacing the number of people being trained. Who should consider a career in the lab? Individuals with a passion for science and technology who enjoy solving problems and making a difference. For more information about a career in laboratory medicine, visit http://www.ascp.org/functional-nav/career-center.

M. Sue Zaleski, MA, SCT(ASCP)HT
Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Laboratory Professionals at the American Society for Clinical Pathology

January 10 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
what are the governm

this jobs data is very useful for every one. other great jobs are waiting for you people. get jobs with careers higher education. thanks

January 10 2013 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ALF'S BBYRL

are you kidding me! POSTAL workers, HANDS DOWN!!

January 09 2013 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lmayj

I would have thought being a baker would be high on the list

January 09 2013 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandon

My wife is a Registered Dietitian. The fact that they misspelled "dietitian" as "dietician" should tell you all you need to know about how ignorant they are about that profession. The last time these people put out this list they said the at "dietician" had it easy because they "just get to talk about dinner". If only it were so simple. There are unlicensed people calling themselves "nutritionists" (who can not legally work in medical settings) who help people make meal plans, but most R.D.s are working in very stressful medical settings working out nutritional content for sick and injured people who often can't even swallow food.

January 07 2013 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chip.cox

Whoever did this has never tried to find a job in higher education, or tried to get tenure, or a promotion, or graded papers for hours on end, or attended three or four committee meetings per week, or spent hours preparing for his/her three or four classes (which often have little to do with each other), or had his/her productivity measured solely on the number of publications you have in specific "reputable" journals. In addition, the ranking pays no attention to the differences between assistant, associate, and full professors. After thirty years in this rat race, I was happy to retire.

January 07 2013 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Daren Miller

Librarian not stressful?? They have to know the Dewey Decimal system.

January 07 2013 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nutsienan

Oh, yeah, I forgot about the kids, jpaf. Maybe because I was st the library this morning and there weren't any kids there, so it was quiet and I got my copies made and was on my way.

January 05 2013 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nutsienan

It seems like librarian wouldn't be stressful, but some of the others like lab tech or medical records tech, would be. Drill press operator? THat would be stressful, at least to me, and so would hair stylist.

January 05 2013 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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