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Top Ten Low-Stress Jobs Of 2013

Workplace MeditationExcessive stress is one of the most common complaints in the workplace.  We’ve all spent time daydreaming about a less stressful job, but many of us don’t exactly know what the most laid-back lines of work actually are.

Look no further: CareerCast has published its annual list of the “Least Stressful Jobs of 2013” (along with the most stressful lines of work.)

What are the criteria they used for low-stress jobs?

Tony Less, publisher of, explained that careers topping the least-stressful job list tend to be jobs “where people are in control of their day – working as fast as they feel they need to be effective.”  He also added that in these positions, workers “don’t have somebody kind of breathing over [their] shoulder. There’s no physical risk at all, and no one is depending on you in your job to make their life expectancy last longer!”

“These are jobs that that keep your blood pressure nice and low,” Lee added. And finally, while workers in high stress jobs often go unthanked for putting their safety at risk to perform their daily tasks, professionals in the least stressful lines of work are showered with “thank yous.”

Most people express gratitude and appreciation for the services provided in these lines of work, Lee explained. “They get a lot of ‘thank yous’ and smiles and warm fuzzies!”

So are there any disadvantages to these jobs? Yep – there’s always a catch! Jobs topping the least-stressful list don’t pay especially well.  Average salaries tend to climb for the higher-stress jobs than for those that are more laid-back.

Here’s the list for 2013:

1. University Professor

College professors are at the top of our educational system. For the most part, students who enroll in their classes do so by choice and want to be there. Unlike elementary and secondary instructors, university professors aren’t assessed based on student performance on standardized tests. University professors can also get tenure, which guarantees them lifetime employment.

2. Seamstress/Tailor

3. Medical Records Technician

4. Jeweler

5. Medical Laboratory Technician

6. Audiologist

7. Dietitian

8. Hairstylist

9. Librarian

10. Drill Press Operator

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