150 Best Low-Stress Jobs

Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., recently released a new book entitled 150 Best Low-Stress Jobs, which helps people with different personalities find low-stress jobs matching their temperaments, interests, and skill sets.

Shatkin (quoted from Yahoo) says that “People should look for a job situation or niche that’s less stressful than the norm. For instance, stress levels are related to the impact of your decisions in life-or-death situations and consequences of your actions on the job.”

A couple of sample jobs from Shatkin’s book:

Mathematician.
Make more than $86,000/year with a PhD; work on non-life-threatening theoretical models for a living.

Stressful downside: Lack of romantic life.

Forester. Work outside for around $55,000/year. Patrol parks, clean facilities, protect the forest.

Stressful downside: Dealing with drunk, 14-year-old hunters who have their rifles aimed at your stomach; chasing grizzly bears away from coolers.

Travel Agent.
Low levels of conflict and a rather slow-paced schedule make this job a relatively low-stress one.

Stressful downside: Accidentally booking your clients on a flight to Magadan, Siberia rather than Magdelena Beach, Spain.

I recently started petsitting as a low-stress supplement to my blogging work. I figured I could get away from the computer while de-stressing through play, fresh air, and exercise. Turns out petsitting isn’t quite as low-stress as it sounds. Here’s my personal stress lowdown:

Relaxing:
Walking dogs
Playing with pets
Petting pets

Stressful:
Newfoundland leaving 8 pounds of soggy digested material on $5,000 Oriental rug
Australian shepherd vomiting on same rug 6 hours later
Setting off client’s house alarm, leading to a visit by the police
Rogue kitty jumping out second-story window and refusing to come back

Not all relaxing jobs are created equal, that much I have learned.

Anyone out there have a relaxing job you’d like to share?

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  1. Melanie Mulhall's Gravatar Comment by Melanie Mulhall on September 24th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Drea,

    While some jobs are less stressful than others, it seems to me that the larger issue is learning how to deal with the stress that comes with any job. (Your own petsitting experience more or less proves my point.)

    Since I am writing a book on spiritual practice (like meditation) and dealing with the struggles we go through in our practices (like thinking that everyone else is having an easier time of it than we are), this is a subject near and dear to my heart. Whatever the job, learning how to quickly center and ground, practicing meditation, using biofeedback, and otherwise developing strategies to deal with the stress just might trump jumping ship and starting a new career.

    Of course . . . I left the high stress corporate world and started my own businesses (which are, on even the most stressful day, less stressful than those corporate jobs)so I must admit that there is something to be said for finding less stressful work, too.

    Melanie

  2. emme's Gravatar Comment by emme on December 18th, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Thanks for interesting article

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