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10 Amazingly Low-Stress Jobs (Including Several That Pay Over $75K A Year)

Leah Bourne
March 6, 2019

You don’t need a survey to tell you that a lot of people are very stressed in their jobs. Wouldn’t it be nice, you probably think on a daily basis, to have a job that is not only not so stressful? Is that too much to ask?

Per CareerCast these jobs do in fact exist. Based on their recent survey, people tend to define high stress jobs as ones with a lot of public interaction and constant hard deadlines. Have a job that put’s you in harms way–say a job as a police officer–and you are bound to be even more stressed.

CareerCast looked at things like environmental conditions, deadlines, growth potential, and more–to identify jobs at the other end of the spectrum. Their list of the least stressful jobs runs the gamut from creative fields to medical offices, but it’s certainly something to take note of.

1. Diagnostic medical sonographer

Annual median salary: $71,410
Projected job growth through 2026: 23 percent

In this job you’ll take monograms or ultrasounds of patients’ bodies.

2. Compliance officer

Annual median salary: $67,870
Projected job growth through 2026: 5 percent

In this job you’ll make sure the company that you work for follows legal and industry regulatory requirements. You often see this job at financial service companies.

3. Hair stylist

Annual median salary: $25,850
Projected job growth through 2026: 13 percent

Always dreamed of learning to be a hair stylist? Apparently it’s not particularly stressful!

4. Audiologist

Annual median salary: $75,920
Projected job growth through 2026: 21 percent

Working in this healthcare job you’ll diagnose and treat patients’ hearing issues.

5. University professor

Annual median salary: $76,000
Projected job growth through 2026: 15 percent

Most university professors teach college and graduate students while conducting research or publishing on the side. It’s a career path known for its job security (though it takes a lot of schooling to get it).

6. Medical records technician

Annual median salary: $67,870
Projected job growth through 2026: 5 percent

Another healthcare job, in this role you’ll ensure that patients’ health information is accurate whether you are working with paper files or electronic records.

7. Jeweler

Annual median salary: $37,960
Projected job growth through 2026: -7 percent

A big range of jeweler jobs are considered “not stressful” whether you are designing or appraising.

8. Operations research analyst

Annual median salary: $81,390
Projected job growth through 2026: 27 percent

Want to solve problems? What about using mathematical and analytical methods to solve business problems. Apparently it’s not a stressful job.

9. Pharmacy technician

Annual median salary: $31,750
Projected job growth through 2026: 27 percent

You’ll dispense prescriptions in this job that is normally in a store or a hospital.

10. Massage therapist

Annual median salary: $39,990
Projected job growth through 2026: 26 percent

Should it be a surprise that a job that helps people relax is also relaxing?

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