This is the 2009 Most Stressful Jobs report
See the 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2010
To determine our list of the most and least stressful jobs, CareerCast.com researches rely on 21 different job demands including competitiveness, the stamina required, deadlines, and responsibility for the lives of others. Each demand is assigned a range of points, with a high score given if the demand is a major part of the job, and fewer points given if the demand isn't normally required (for general information on scoring, visit our Methodology Page). Photojournalists, for example, who often face daily deadlines, received the maximum points in this category, while actuaries received the least since they seldom have deadlines. Each occupation is ranked using data from such sources as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as information provided by a wide range of trade associations and industry groups.
Using this system, this year's least stressful jobs are actuary, dietitian, computer systems analyst, statistician and astronomer – all positions which offer comfortable work environments and don't require life or death decision-making. That isn't to say these jobs are completely stress-free, as for example astronomers face a tight job market and competition for academic funding, while software engineers deal with the pressure of completing work on time. However in a majority of cases, the following are the least-stressful jobs you can find today:
- Find This Job1. Actuary
- Interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.
- Find This Job2. Dietitian
- Assesses patients' dietary needs, plans menus, and instructs patients and their families about proper nutritional care.
- Find This Job3. Computer Systems Analyst
- Plans and develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.
- Find This Job4. Statistician
- Tabulates, analyzes, and interprets the numeric results of experiments and surveys.
- Find This Job5. Astronomer
- Uses principles of physics and mathematics to understand the workings of the universe.
- Find This Job6. Mathematician
- Applies mathematical theories and formulas to teach or solve problems in a business, educational, or industrial climate.
- Find This Job7. Historian
- Analyzes and records historical information from a specific era or according to a particular area of expertise.
- Find This Job8. Software Engineer
- Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific, and industrial purposes.
Interestingly, most of these least-stressful jobs are ranked among the 10 best jobs in the nation as well. To find out where your job stacks up in terms of stress, income, outlook, and other factors, check out JobsRated's complete ranking of 200 different jobs, our list of the 10 worst jobs you can get today, and those that boast the highest job satisfaction as well.
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