The 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2011

The 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2011

By: Victoria Brienza

This is our 2011 Stressful Jobs report. See the 10 Most and Least Stressful Jobs of 2012

Trying to find a new job in a poor economy can be very stressful. It’s enough to make most job hunters duck for cover and wait out the recovery as a way to avoid the stress. However, even in this economy, it’s possible to find a challenging salaried position in a growing industry that also offers a low daily level of stress.

The health care field, for instance, is a great place to start looking. More than half of the 10 least stressful white-collar jobs ranked in our 2011 Jobs Rated report are for health care professionals. Good news, too, since health care continues to be a strong industry with excellent employment prospects.

Audiologists, who assess and treat hearing disorders, claim the top spot as the least stressful job in this year’s report. Audiologists aren’t required to complete medical school, but are required to have a doctoral degree (Au.D. or Ph.D.) from an accredited university. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of audiology is expected to see faster than average growth in the coming years as aging baby boomers start to suffer hearing loss and need assistance.

Computer and math-related professions round out most of the 10 least stressful salaried jobs. These industries are clamoring for qualified candidates that have the higher education or specialized training needed to succeed.


1. Audiologist

Overall Rating: 195Projected Growth: 21.44%Stress: 9.44Median Salary: $63,144

Hours Per Day: 8

An Audiologist diagnoses and treats hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function. The job is not typically physically demanding or stressful, but it does require a keen attention to detail and focused concentration.

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