March 7, 2008

8 Low-Stress Careers

I was reading a few articles on today when I stumbled across one titled “8 Careers to Help Lower Your Stress Meter. (Full Article Here)” As soon as I saw it, I had to look at it since all I have dreamed about is having a nice, low stress, and decent paying job that still offers me the freedom to do what I want.

So to my surprise, most of the jobs on the list weren’t even close to being a job I would enjoy having. Here are the 8 careers they listed and my take on each of them:

1. Accountant

Looking at the accountants I have worked with in the past, they sure didn’t seem like “low-stress” people. Matter of fact, I remember an accountant at a job I used to have that would say everyday, “Just get me out of this place!” Maybe I just don’t have the “knack for calculations” they recommend in the article.

2. Preschool Teacher

Being in charge of 10 – 20 little kids crying, screaming, and throwing toys everywhere, no thank you! My stress levels would more than likely sky rocket with a job like this. Unless I was the nap time supervisor. I can nap as good as any of them. I could probably even give a few of the kids a lesson on how to duck out of class and setup the ol’ hammock in the bathroom stall for that much needed extra nap.

3. Nursing Assistant

Now this one I do not know much about. It could be a great career for all I know. But for some reason, all I think about is blood, needles, and sponge baths for patients. I think I will go ahead and say this one is not for me either.

4. Financial Planner

Being a financial planner would most likely drive me insane. First off, I am not the best with money so giving others advice on how to do it probably wouldn’t be a great idea. Plus I would probably deal with clients that are making tons more money than me which would just piss me off that tad bit more.

5. Massage Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant

A massage therapist, now this is something I could see myself doing. Giving and receiving back rubs does not sound so bad. However, I have a gut feeling there is more to this job then just back rubs. But who knows, I will definitely be looking more into this career.

6. Pastry Chef

Now this one is interesting, a Pastry chef. I love how the article states “It’s hard to get stressed when your office smells of butter, sugar, and cinnamon.” Yeah, unless you actually have taste buds and an appetite. I would be more stressed being surrounded by endless piles of cakes and donuts. I mean, I would either be stressed about not being able to eat them, or worse yet, I would actually eat ALL DAY. Then after pounds of weight gain, I would be more stressed than I have ever been in my life. Let’s just throw this career out for me.

7. Graphic Design

Graphic design is something I do on the side and I admit it can be low-stress. However, it can also be very stressful. Especially when your dealing with multiple clients and projects at the same time. Which you need to be doing if you are actually looking to make enough money to buy food that doesn’t come in a brick with a salt packet for flavoring.

8. Desktop Support

As soon as I saw this, I just about pissed my pants. Desktop Support…low stress? Come on! I am a desktop support technician and this is anything but low stress. Sure, plugging in a few computers here and there and helping a few people with small problems is rewarding. But wait until you get a pile of projects thrown on your lap. Then you spend every second at work helping others or running back to your desk in between calls so you can actually sit down and figure out what project your supposed to have done and when.

I am sorry Yahoo, but this list could of been a lot better. Most of these jobs are far from being the best jobs for low-stress. Plus it did not say anywhere about pay being of any importance.
Off the top of my head, any of these careers would of been a much better pick:

1. Hot Air Balloon Captain

Your job is to fly this huge balloon around and take people on rides. Hmm, sounds like a great job for me. Where do I sign up?

2. Dog/Home Sitter

I have had a few friends that have done dog/home sitting for people. It sure it did not sound that stressful. Walk the dog at 3, feed him 3 times a day. I can handle that.

3. Tour Guide

I met a volcanic tour guide in Hawaii and she made it sound like it was the coolest career ever. You take a bunch of tourist out to the lava failed and show them around and answer their questions. Not exactly high-stress, unless of course the volcano erupts…

4. Surf Instructor

I surfed a ton while I lived out in Hawaii and met a lot of surf instructors. Every one of them loved there job and even made a decent amount of money. What is more fun than hanging out with tourist and doing the sport you love the most.

5. Librarian

How hard can it be? Put a few books away, tell a couple middle schoolers where to find the book they need for class.

6. Movie Extra

I have done this one a few times and not once have I come over after and been stressed out. It is one of the easiest jobs I have done and you literally get paid to just hang out and look like your doing something. I am trying my best to do this as much as I can.

7. Strip Club DJ

I have never done this job, but it sure sounds like something I would be interested in trying. What is there to not love about music and…yes strip clubs. What a perfect job!

8. Blogger

Personally, I think blogging is a great low-stress career. I really think writing/blogging is a great career since it has so much flexibility.

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77 thoughts on “8 Low-Stress Careers

  1. Linse

    What about a full-time surfer? πŸ˜€ or a full-time beachman? haha it could be awesome. I remember such a job was called the “worlds best job” in Australia. Correct me if im wrong.


  2. Aurora Mesner

    May I say that I was laughing my head off while reading your blog? Your list of non stressful job is just funny. I mean the reasons behind why you choose them to be as non stressful jobs for you.

    I agree with most of the people here, you’d have to do something you’re passionate about. Like blogging, so that would mean that you’re earning while doing something you love. It won’t feel as if you’re working at all!

    Aurora Mesner
    Quakertown Accountant

  3. Simon G

    Window Cleaner is a low stress not bad paying career. Working outside is the down side in the winter. But when it rains you just don’t work. In the Uk you can make Β£15 – Β£20 an hour or is you do commercial windows its more. I heard that they make even more in the states.

  4. Tamika

    I agree. IT jobs are really stressful! I’m a Systems Analyst that currently develops code. The requirements are always unclear. The business partners always change requirements at the last minute. Management and leadership have unrealistic expectations. The list goes on…. I’m looking to switch careers in the next year. I think I’ll try out teaching middle school math and see how that works out.

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  6. JG

    They are “low stress and attractive” because Yahoo! can make money selling you online school subscriptions using these articles. Notice how these articles usually have alot of ads for schools on them (or adlinks in the article!) and also notice that all of the professions listed (except maybe 1 or 2) can be learned online.

  7. Ramdog

    Librarian & library assitant hmmm may not seem stressful but if you work in an inner city library it can be like working as a warden in correctional facility. Also in academic circles the demands to get there are also very tough, I worked in the Science dept at The British Library so mist people had a master or PhD in a science or engineering field in addition to a library or Information postgraduate degree. Finally being a corporate librarian in law, healthcare, finance etc is very demanding as people are always asking poorly defined questions to complicated subjects and expecting easy quick answers. Finally the jobs are scarce & not well remunerated

  8. sana

    I work as a librarian and it is definitely not the low stress job most people think it is. In a public library, ANYONE can enter the building. We have had to call the police on several occasions to remove problem individuals. One of these individuals eventually made the newspaper (he was arrested for rape). Then of course there is the program planning, computer troubleshooting, coming up with a budget (as funding for libraries continues to dwindle) reading reviews and ordering materials. Dealing with the public can be the best part of the job- but also the most stressful. The best is when a patron brings back a soaking wet book and claims “it was like that” when he/she checked it out and insists that he/she will not pay for it. Also, keep in mind that most people you see working in a library are not librarians with the MLS degree. Many are clerks, library assistants, etc. who normally do the check-in/check-out and put the books away. However, their jobs are not necessarily stress free either as constant repetitive motion (bending, lifting, stamping, locking/unlocking video cases, etc.) take a toll. I enjoy my job (most of the time) but I wouldn’t consider it low-stress! πŸ™‚

  9. How to Dry A Basement

    These are some great career options. The only thing that sucks is it seems no matter what job sounds fun, as soon as you start doing it for a paycheck it looses it’s appeal. But some jobs are definitely more fun and appealing than others (ex. being an account, not fun).

  10. Michelle

    Typical Yahoo- no research whatsoever, downright damaging info. Nursing Assistant is one of the highest burn out jobs out there. The pay is low, short staffing is common, it has the highest nonlethal injury risk of any career and you deal with people in pain constantly. I do it now, and I’m going out of my mind. I also tried blogging and it was the only job to make me consider binge drinking. The constant pressure to be seen over everyone else…ugh, no.

  11. Kevin The Dogg

    How is Physical Therapist Assistant a low stress job? I think it has got to be one of the highest stress jobs imaginable. I have only been doing it for 3 years but in my short time in this field……I have always found it to be terribly stressful. To the point where I am strongly considering another career change.

  12. Highest Paying Jobs

    Interesting that you placed Accountants and Financial Planners in this category. From speaking with some, they make it sound as if they are overworked and stressed out about their jobs. Maybe I’m wrong, but crunching numbers all day and dealing with demanding clients investing in a volatile market doesn’t seem too low-stress to me.

    Nonetheless, great post!


  13. Boo

    Accounting is a very stressful profession. Most people do not understand what you do. Bank deposits, cash reconciliations, paying all vendors on time, entering payroll, journalizing payroll, government remittances every month (hst/qst/wsib/payroll taxes). Then if a client does not pay, A/R calls repeadly, client then requests a copy of the invoice and a proof of delivery – then you need to pull the original invoice, find the shipping company, contact them for a POD. Employees on work-share or any special gov’t program guess who is doing the work? Budgets, pulling all documentation relating to a budget group item trying to explain why managers spent the money they did and finding all documentation and photocopying it to make backup. I could go on and on, trust me very stressful even if you do have a “knack” for numbers … extremely time consuming very underappreciated.

  14. Danni_Cam.

    Love the article πŸ™‚ It’s great that you can let go of some stress through blogging. (some people can’t stand writing, maybe ebcause they don’t enjoy it). I laughed when you said hot air balloon captain; wouldn’t you have to worry about the lives on-board? Just joking.

    PS. You’re getting confused with ‘their’ and ‘there’ πŸ™‚ x

  15. Joe

    Movie extra is the #1 all time dalai llama greatest job. Mostly downtime, zero stress, free meal(s), chance to end up on the big screen, easiest job to “learn”. If only there was consistant demand πŸ™

  16. cat.pappas

    I think I would like to be an extra on a movie set or even in studio, I would even enjoy learning more about make-up application behind the scenes but, making a living while trying to do this could be hard to figure out. I’ve worked retail with cosmetics, as well as skin care colsultant,color analysist, helped people learn to dress for work, special occasions, and customers like me a lot! Years before that I was a hairstylist but,retail has sucked the life out of me. HELP!!! IS ANYONE OUT THERE TO HELP!!!

  17. John

    What are the least-stressful IT and Public Health Careers of the future?

    Also, what are the least stressful and moderate pay jobs one can get with a Master’s in Social Work?


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