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10 Least Stressful Blue-Collar Jobs of 2011

Book Bindings By Victoria Brienza


Low-stress jobs can also be found in many blue-collar professions. Surprisingly though, many of these jobs are in declining industries. For instance, bookbinders lead this year’s list of least stressful blue-collar jobs. But, with the explosion of eBooks and digital e-Reader devices, the demand for printed books is declining, which will have an effect on the need for bookbinders. The same goes for photographic process workers, number two on this year’s list. The abundance of digital cameras in the marketplace makes this job less secure than ever before.

That said, several of the lowest stress jobs on our list may not be glamorous, but their work remains steady in any economy. From forklift operator (#6) to appliance repairer (#10), there will always be a need for these professions.

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Participates in the assembly of books or magazines for commercial printing companies.

  • Overall Score: 483.00
  • Income: $31,194.00

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Develops photographic film, makes prints and slides, prepares enlargements, and retouches photographs.

  • Overall Score: 491.00
  • Income: $26,182.00

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Maintains and repairs band and orchestral instruments of all kinds.

  • Overall Score: 413.00
  • Income: $33,211.00

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Assembles parts or contributes to the final assembly of automobiles and trucks.

  • Overall Score: 600.00
  • Income: $27,263.00

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Works on sub-assembly or final assembly of products such as machinery, electronic equipment, or aircraft.

  • Overall Score: 604.00
  • Income: $28,150.00

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Operates industrial trucks and tractors to move products and raw materials for manufacturing firms.

  • Overall Score: 548.00
  • Income: $30,114.00

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Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.

  • Overall Score: 560.00
  • Income: $30,147.00

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Operates drilling machines to place holes in metal or nonmetal pieces according to predetermined specifications.

  • Overall Score: 651.00
  • Income: $31,124.00

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Performs maintenance and repairs on coin-operated vending and amusement machines.

  • Overall Score: 538.00
  • Income: $30,147.00

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Performs major and routine maintenance on a variety of electrical home appliances.

  • Overall Score: 571.00
  • Income: $34,152.00

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These are the Blue-collar not the white-collar

Look at that article

These are the LEAST stressful jobs..

Of course healthcare isn't there!!

Of Course they are Less Stressful

I need a job like these. I can see why they would have a lot less stress. the books, instruments, cars, etc can not talk back!

Stressful Jobs

This list is soooo wrong it is not even funny. There is no mention of nursing home assistants, urban teachers or even emergency room workers. It sounds as though the author had a bunch of friends in certain jobs who complained about their jobs and he took that as his "study".

I'm shocked at the lack of

I'm shocked at the lack of healthcare providers listed here. I'm a Certified Dental Assistant. 25 years experience, educated at The OSU. It is a very stressful position. Running on a schedule of patients showing up late then telling you to hurry up..Making the next patient angry because the patient before you was late..It's pretty stressful..Poor wages. But, it can be rewarding if you dig deep...

Automobile Assembler

Your way off on this one. This has got to be one of the most stressful jobs and demanding, not to mention the ware and tear on your body from all the repetitive motions that you do over and over again. I'm living proof, not counting all the mental abuse that you get from management. I have so many aliments right now after 20 years and the arthritist all threw my neck and back is so painful along with many other parts of me.

Real Estate Very Tough

I'm a real-estate agent, and you'd be surprised how much the stress level has increased. Brokerages rarely pay agents a salary, so you only earn a paycheck when you sell a house, which isn't often in this economy. And if you don't sell houses, then the brokerage will give your desk/working space to another agent, and you're forced to work from home. As a result, you work that much harder, but hard work doesn't necessary lead to sales. It's a vicious cycle that doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.


Agreeing with anonymous, I am an RN, and I would bet that my job is a LOT more stressful than a real estate agent! We also work weekends, rotating shifts, pick up slack when sick people are not replaced. Deal with high-needs and/or demanding patients - and some of whom cut you slack when you are busy, and some who don't. The rotating shifts create an effect much like jet-lag, with days and nights becoming a mere theoretical concept, where you need to look out the window to remind yourself if it's day or night!

job stress

there are no longer any jobs with low stress. every job is pushed to global marketplace speed (24/7).

Stressful jobs

Your suggestion for Registered Dietitians being an unstressful job is completely inaccurate. Aside from the intense & extensive schooling and very competitive internship required, the job market is very difficult. It is also routinely an underpaid, highly education profession required to provide nutrition support through IV & GI tubes and this is only giving the insight in the acute & critical care setting for adults and pediatric patients.

Most stressfull Jobs.

The next time you think about this, maybe you'll consider healthcare. Stressful jobs include; Surgery, Radiologic Technology and Nursing. There are real world reasons why healthcare workers are always in demand. Management and the public have been accustomized and EVERYONE expects perfection, every time. Would you like to work on people who constantly complain all day, ask for managerial redress for reasonable requests that we make. As to physical tasks, most healthcare workers who have heavy patient contact have bad spinal problems i.e. try to pull morbidly obese 300+ Lb. people on and off of beds, x-ray tables and on to surgical tables. All people are sedated with medications and do not have a complete knowlege as to the behind the seens work that goes into their care. Management expects all of this to happen with less and less resourses. Your inclusion of high paid senior executives makes me puke. GET REAL.

I wonder what the CEO of your

I wonder what the CEO of your local hospital would have to say about this.

Reply to Anonymous

While I was reading the "Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs" list, I was wonderng when I was going to see a Healthcare-related profession. Obviously, with "healthcare reform" and all the other factors over which people who work in healthcare have no control, there is additional stress to these daily high-stress jobs.People's lives are literally in theit hands. I am personally not a healthcare worker per se, but I've been in enough hospitals within the last year to see the stress so many workers endure. (ps...just a suggestion: perhaps have another person read your response before it is submitted; correct spelling would make your comment more forceful. e.g., "behind the SCENES" ; "ACCUSTOMED"). I do agree w/Anonymous: healthcare work has to be extremely stressful!!

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