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The 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2013

By Kyle Kensing

University professor tops the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report for least stressful jobs of 2013. The field’s high growth opportunities, low health risks and substantial pay provide a low-stress environment that's the envy of many career professionals.

Americans are going to college in record numbers. In fact, 63.3% of citizens ages 18 to 30 have or are on track to earn degrees, according to PayScale.com. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows job seekers with college educations are still twice as likely to land a position as those without. These facts combine to create rising job opportunities in the college ranks, which help make teaching jobs less stressful than ever before.

To be sure, holding an advanced degree is especially important if you want to enter this year’s least stressful profession. University professors typically have advanced degrees, usually a Ph.D. But in some cases, Master’s-level applicants will be considered, especially at the nation's fast-growing community colleges.

The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted research of 1,251 U.S. colleges, and found that private institutions pay professors the highest salaries, while also boasting the lowest ratio of students to faculty members, than colleges in any other country globally.

“Education in the United States is still best in the world,” says Aaron Barlow, Assistant Professor of Literature at New York City College of Technology. “People from all over the world want to come [to the U.S.] to study.”

Harvard University pays full-time professors $198,400, with a 7:1 professor-to-student ratio, while University of Chicago professors receive $197,800 per year with a 6:1 ratio. Among public universities, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is highest paying, with an average wage of $162,600 for its full-time staff.

Prof. Barlow also taught American Literature at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and he says that while teaching there in the 1980s, the university employed the “French model,” meaning larger class sizes of “over 100 students in a composition class. It’s difficult to give even 25 or more composition students worthwhile feedback,” he says.

To maintain the quality of education while meeting the increased demand, universities are expected to add 305,700 adjunct and tenure-track professorial positions by 2020, the BLS reports. No career is stress-free by any means, and university professors face challenges. Competition for coveted tenure-track positions is high, and some universities have created a new emphasis on hiring adjunct professors. For example, design professor Robert Burger teaches as an adjunct at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., as well as at three other colleges (one online) while looking for a tenure-track position.

Work beyond the lecture hall is also a vital facet of the professor’s day. Postsecondary educators can assist in scholarship committees and curriculum development. Research is also a critical part of the university professor’s responsibilities, as educators typically are expected to produce published works.

A former gift store owner, Prof. Barlow compares his past career to his current saying that both required self discipline. His description of “no one looking over your shoulder” applies to one of the Jobs Rated stress score metrics, working in the public eye.

University professor was the only career to score below seamstress/tailor on the least stressful jobs scale. Unfortunately, the monetary incentive for seamstresses and tailors is low – the BLS estimates the median salary for a seamstress at $25,850 annually, while the median salary for a University Professor is $62,050. Yet low safety risks, less physical demands than most other careers and peaceful work environment make working with fabric and thread one of the least stressful for 2013.

A handful of careers in the medical industry also made the 10 least stressful rankings: medical records technician, medical laboratory technician, audiologist and dietitian. That’s good news for job seekers in the current economic environment, because the healthcare industry is expected to be the highest growth sector in the next decade.

Contine on for the complete least stressful jobs of 2013 report:

 

1. University Professor

University professors are at the pinnacle of the education field. Their students are largely those who choose the classes they attend, and thus want to be in class. Unlike elementary and secondary educators, the performance of college professors isn't evaluated based on standardized tests. University professors also have the opportunity to earn tenure, which guarantees lifetime employment.

 

MEDIAN SALARY: : $62,050

 

JOB OUTLOOK: 17%

 

JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 6.45

 

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seriously?

Seriously??in the first year at graduate school the stress was so bad it landed me in the hospital. i cant even. non mais c'est pas possible

I'm working as an accountant

I'm working as an accountant and so stressed with this job. how can i reduse my stresse plase tell any one?

Airline pilots

I think the salary quoted for pilots here is totally out of line.  Many pilots with the smaller airlines (the ones flying as "United Express," for example) make as little as $30,000/year.  When I heard this, I thought, "And we're trusting these people withour lives?"  They must really do it for the love of flying.  

What?

You have trouble trusting someone because they don't make a lot of money?

Duh, people who dont make a

Duh, people who dont make a lot of money are more stressed. Lol I dont make much at my job and I tell people straight up do not piss me off cause I dont make enough to take any bull and will hurt u

Stressful Job

Teaching is also a very stressful job. I won't agree with people saying that teaching is not a stressful job.

Teaching is stressful

Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs it consumes your wile life every minute and you have to always watch out you won't get sued for saying or doing the wrong thing you can't even console a distressed child without it being called child manhandling. I find it hard that teachers are accountable for everything and parents nothing. A teacher never leaves work or stops caring.

Teaching is the most stressful job

I have taught for 8 years but I have decided to step down. Not only teaching consumes your life but you are also blamed for everything that happens in a class room even for students lack of motivation and lack of respect. After all of our hard work then teachers in Florida receive low and demeaning evaluations from administration and or the district. It is a job that will take away all your self esteem. As far as my concern my health and my family is more important. Education does not start at school it starts at home. Teachers are doing everything they can however they get paid to teach a subject are not to raise someone elses students. Parents should be held accountable for not teaching their own kids the core values.

Teaching is also a very stressful job

...in addition you must always be ahead of the immediate population on fire power (guns) so you are always confident the "heat" your are packing is bigger than theirs...

The job of professor varies tremendously

A research professor is rather like a small business owner, needing to wear several hats to succeed:

  1. Creating a product/service: research and teaching
  2. Selling it: getting grants
  3. Marketing: publishing papers
  4. Administration: many various tasks, from designing a new lab building to organizing international conferences
  5. Personnel: admitting students, training postgraduate students and supervising their research

Entrepreneurs and professors need to teach themselves how to do these; they need to compete with others working and thinking equally hard in an unforgiving market; and they need to succeed at all of these or face bankruptcy/firing. If they succeed, they can then be their own bosses to some extent, although they must still compete with the market (other professors). Small business owners often work extremely long hours and take few vacations because time off is money lost. But some small business owners take it easy and are content to work moderate hours as long as they can have a modest income. In both categories, some will succeed and some will fail. Some business owners strive hard, making big sacrifices of time and money, to innovate and improve the world, while others are content to follow what they've always done. In both categories, some will succeed and some will fail. Generalizing the stress level to a single value is not very meaningful for jobs whose nature varies over such broad ranges. Many job types can vary tremendously in stress. A ticket clerk may have to handle 1000 customers a day in a theater, but only 30 customers a day at tennis courts in a park (I saw one last night!). Other jobs may vary less: such as librarians, roustabouts, and long-haul truckers, I guess. Such lists may include a standard deviation in the stress value to show how broadly the job nature may vary. My personal experience as a non-tenured professor is that this job involves a great deal of stress: long hours, a lot of troubleshooting, a lot of rejection (low grant approval rate, rejected papers, and failed experiments. Probably similar to salespeople in this respect.), and the constant threat of being fired and having to change careers. Of course, other jobs also have their own stresses. I thank Careercast for trying to come up with this list. It's hard to do when there are so many variables involved, but at least they gave it a shot. I would suggest improving the list next year by including working hours, in which case most or all self-employed and professional jobs, including professor, would rise in the stress ranking.

False

Clearly, no one involved in this article has any experience with working their way up the ladder at a real research university.  Let me just write about scientific positions, since that's what I'm familiar with.  After slaving away for 5-7 years as a graduate student, you then become a post-doc for another 3-5 years (also at way below market levels of pay for someone with a PhD).  After this, less than 1 in 5 people will actually get to hired as a professor (if you don't, then you suddenly find out that your extra-specialized knowledge of string-theory doesn't really land you a job in the real world).  Then, if you are one of the lucky few who makes it to the junior faculty level, you about 6 years to make an impact in a field where some of the smartest people in the world have been working for centuries.  If you fall short of this lofty goal, then you lose your job (for example, at a top school like Harvard or MIT, about half the junior faculty have to leave at this stage).  A common joke is that at MIT, the price of tenure is a divorce.So, sure, if you make it through all of these hurdles to get tenure, and somehow manage to have a family some-where along the way, the stress-level drops substantially. So, seriously, good work with this one guys at Careercast!

preach

mmmmHMMMM

Agree 100%

This statement that being a professor is the least stressful job available is BS. The path for a professor at a major university described in the comment above is correct, but doesn't detail all the duties of a professor.  You not only have to be very successful with your research, but you have to teach, advise students, work on committees, travel to conferences, and interact with colleagues at the same time.  Most faculty work more than 40 hrs/wk, especially when starting out.  Sure, your time is a bit flexible, but that doesn't make up for the stress of juggling all of these duties.   On top of that, the current funding environment is making it harder and harder to bring in grants to support students.  Folks are spending ever more time writing grant proposals, to the detriment of their other duties.

You'll want to add phone

You'll want to add phone discussion call up support in your organization, be it an entire blown business which has been about and prosperous for some time as well as one that is merely how to get started along with off of the floor.

LAZY Professor Observed and Defined

Are you kidding?   Don't kid yourself that there are some BOZO and lazy professors---how about a Chair of a Department at a Private University in California----who has enough time off for three more jobs?   New to the neighborhood and as observed by about 5-6 neighbors who shake their heads as we watch Professor Wonderful home 80% of the time doing gardening, carpentry and ???.    What a shame to the profession and to real professors who work hard.  A complete dishonest fraud-----oh, probably the TA doing the work while this one stays home.   Arrogant and unfriendly and most likely a legend in his own mind, parents should be furious to pay hefty tuition fees (spread the word) to fund this clown's salary at this major university.    A true RIP to the higher educational system.      Oh, maybe we should believe he is doing "research" or writing another illustrious best seller book?    This is a travesty-----observed by hard-working people--and if this fool every gets up out of bed at a decent time to even show up for a class.....this is the sad work ethic the students may be taught and the University delivers a paycheck to.   Shame on this administration for not putting a hidden camera on this guy.

Blame the system

And this is a solid reason and valid argument why TENURE should be abolished.  I bet the poor adjunct professor or TA is doing all the work here.    

LAZY Professor

Yup, there are lazy workers in all types of careers.  You found one who's a professor!  Good for you!  I agree that this is a disgrace, but not the norm.

yep

The holy University who pays this guy's salary is the real culprit here. Absolutely this professor is not deserving of a paycheck to stay at home most days while parents (myself) struggle to pay obscene tuition.     This guy is a true disgrace to higher education and I agree with the comments above that a hidden camera should be all over him.

yep

Agreed......we are all watching this one .....together.   Shameful waste of parent's tuition money.

It is stressful, for sure

If you've never been a college instructor, you have no business deciding if it's stressful or not.  Administrators have no idea what it's like to be an instructor if they've never done it full time before.  They don't see what we do outside of class or at home.  People have no clue how much work teachers do outside of the classroom and at home. 

Baloney

Yeah......we see a lot of what Professor Bozo in the Holy University is doing outside the classroom--gardening, tree trimming, composting, sleeping in, carpentry, on and on.   Don't even go there! This is truly disgusting to watch this scam and dishonest fraud rip off a salary while there are so many people out of work.  Poor parents and students struggling to pay tuition.  This University has a new President----whoa....wake up!

I love hospitality. It's one of the few industires that someone

I love hospitality.  It's one of the few industires that someone can start at the bottom and rise to the top in about 10 year.  The top earns about 100-200 thousand per year.  Anyone can rise to the top if they have a good attitude and good common sense..  ...as they say ....it is not rocket science.

Glad you had a good experience but..

Hospitality also has its share of politics and soap opera like meteoric rises based on who is screwing who, who has the best connections (drugs and free swag), and the largest ability to pass the buck shamelessly.  The environment can be harmful to maintaining family relationships (long odd hours/ no holidays off). While education is not necessarily a requirement allowing you to earn, when you would be schooling, at above entry level wages the industry is at the mercy of the economy often being the first hurt in sluggish markets.  All it takes is one company sale or closing of a location and years off work can leave you without a formal education or references for new opportunities to spend more time approaching your previous earnings and positions.   

Laboratory Technician?

What labs did the author visit, on which planet?  Docs make rounds, and demand results be ready on their schedule.  Patients come in, at their convenience and results must be turned around to allow treatment to happen expeditiously so that rankings are not affected by slow turnaround on "service delivery.  Blood born pathogens are encountered every day.  Nursing may have to collect the 72 hour stool collections, but guess who has to mix them up and test them.  As for decisions about peoples lives, last time I went to the doctor and a test was ordered, the outcome of testing determined, in part, if/what treatment was appropriate. 

Laboratory Technician: Medical Technologists- low stress?

Agreed.  Back when I applied to go Med Tech school, I was informed by the professor that this field was in the same category as Air Traffic Conrol for stress-another words high!
Over 73% of patient diagnoses depend on lab results.  Yet, there is a critical shortage that is going unreported.  We're doing more with less while having to multi-task, interface with doctors, nurses, XRay techs, patients, administrators, and the strangling demands of regulation and licensing entities that are a never ending plethora of stressors requiring it yesterday.   Not to mention, we CANNOT make mistakes.  Much rather be an XRay tech.  From my experience, they seem to have a lot of web surfing time on their hands.  The author seems to be like many journalists today:  either lazy, ignorant of the facts or fabricate details to meet the deadline!

Yeah, no.

Obviously, they are completely discarding adjuncts in this evaluation as many have already noted. Also, I don't see how wondering whether one of your failing students isn't going to decide to take out you and as many other students and faculty as he can make the environment "stress free." The other day after the incident in Kentucky I was telling my husband that I might as well be working the night shift in a convenience store. It would probably be safer and maybe pay better, too! 

It's still a darn good job

I'm a tenured university professor and like many folks who have commented on this article, I'm a bit overworked.  But it's still a very rewarding job, at least the part of it that we get to spend in constructive activities like teaching and research.  We are our own bosses, so we know whom to blame for those long hours and that endless hot air in the faculty senate.  I showed the article to the students in both of my classes (with my face photoshopped into the picture) and they could understand why it is not such a stressful career.   After all, it's the next best thing to being a student!

Yes, Professors do well

Hello,  Yes, professors do well.  However,  Over 50% of the teaching in college and univesity today is Done be Adjunct teachers. That means that it is being done by part-time, contract teachers.  There are fewer and fewer professors each year in college and university.  That is the error of this study.    

It's not the job, it's the environment.

This study lacks internal validity and is absolutely not generalizable. The experience of stress is completely context-dependent. I am a professor and have taught full-time at three major universities, all with varying levels of stress. I used to love academia, but my current institution has trampled that. It is by far the most stressful of all the places I've worked, but it not the *job* that is the culprit, it is the environment, which is toxic, as well as some of the people I work with, who (as a function of the leadership style of the institution) openly display pettiness, bitterness, hostility, and even cruelty in their interactions.Acadmia, by definition, attracts people with huge but fragile egos that must be constantly stoked, especially those who enter positions of leadership. I know several colleagues who have left their jobs at this institution due to stress-related illnesses, and I personally developed a serious heart condition that the cardiologist has diagnosed as stress-induced (every epidsode of occurred at work or on my way to work, months after going through a meat-grinder tenure experience that had me a nervous wreck for two years.) In my experience, the structure of academia leaves open the possibility (in many institutions) of less-noble administators and entrenched faculty to engage in systematic abuse of their junior colleagues (often in the form of "microaggressions"), with impunity and a layer of plausible deniability.It may be true that the physical stress is low for a university professor, but the psychological and emotional stress can be intolerable, especially for those of us who work at dysfunctional institutions with abusive leadership. I'm tenured but considering leaving academia for this very reason. 

You read my mind -- and described my context exactly

You are absolutely right. I am an assistant professor -- I go up for tenure in two years. Those in the powerful leadership positions on our campus are bullies. Their approach is simply demoralizing. I try to stay as far under the radar as possible. There are very few colleagues on my campus that I completely trust. Power differentials seem to define the place. So yes, I agree -- context is everything. My health has definitely suffered from the emotional and pyschological stress I've suffered as a university professor on my campus.

pettiness that plays so rough in the middle admins

I've known of tenured torturers & bald faced pants on fire men against women in the tenured classes brutilizing the newbies at state institutions.I've had private university admin friends of 30+ years shown the door a few years short of SS benefit age 65.Because of their age.&the psyche violence of "patterns & practices" corruptions that DOJ runs police departments in livid color in academia that EEOC wouldn't touch.&now the norm is depressingly low Adjunct whores by the hour$America/Babylon is a violent & crass nightmare with glossy PR. 

The stresses have gone up as Admn positions have increased

I absolutely agree that it's the place / leaders who determine the conditions. The "toxic dean" syndrome actually often permeates below that level. In our institution we've lost many tenured mid level and several senior faculty members who left / retired w/o consequences for the leaders. Quote attributed to Kissinger about the politics in academia being so horrible because there's so little to fight over is truer than ever today. Add an insecure leader or one coming in clueless from industry & we find the insane asylum situation all too common. I am glad none of my kids elected to become teachers - it's just not worthwhile. And I'm a teacher by calling for 3 decades and love the actual teaching component of the job despite challenges. 

Working in the public eye

Hmmm... so what is it to lecture to 300 students? (or 30 or 70, for that matter)?And they say public speaking is ranked among the most feared, stressful things persons can imagine, not even preferable to threat of death...Writing a lecture and then delivering it. Speaking in front of a crowd.  All part of the job. Sure, it IS a great job. Few are whining when they point out the efforts and hours. They just want it to be acknowledged. It's empirically determinable: we could follow them with stopwatches.(And just by the way, another stress reliever might be: could we please stop shooting in classrooms?)

Medical Lab Tech least stressful?

In what world? I worked in the field for 12 years. Even in the hospital it's considered among the top 3 most stressful, right below ER Nurse. Every year people are cut, and the patient load increasses. Doctors, Er, ICU constantly calling for results, which cuts into the time the tech has to get the work done. No, someone is clueless....  I remember telling a doctor after I graduated. His comment was, oh - hope you got your rollerskates oiled!

You are correct

Right on!   Do not even compare professors to hospital and healthcare providers who are in ERs, ICUs, etc in life and death situations.     Compare work hours and not going home to be on call and called back in at 3 am.

You got that right up among

You got that right up among the top stressful. After 30 yrs and 2.5 techs cuts expected to move  faster 

Full-time English Instructor

I heard this list on the radio this morning on my way into school, and I just had to read the article for myself.  I've also read a number of the comments posted here, and some are decent, but many are hurtful.  I won't contribute to that line of commenting.  I am a full-time English instructor (the rank before the professor ranks), and I'm in my third year now.  Before that, I was an adjunct.  That is a situation I wouldn't wish on anyone as most of the time, I felt like a failure and loser who couldn't make ends meet at home.  At work, I felt like an invisible nobody.  I chose that for myself, though, and I believed it would pay off sometime.  I was right.  I knew that if I paid my dues as an adjunct, I'd get hired full-time, and I did.  While my job is quite stressful, I think the reward of teaching balances the stress.  It's true that when I'm trying to work my way through a stack of grading freshmen papers, sometimes I'd like to scream, but the writing does get better.  I find the end of the semester the most rewarding because the students' writing has improved, and I know that I've helped people.  I actually do have some students who are really thoughtful and write me thank you cards, too.  I save those cards in case I ever forget why I went into teaching.  It's all I've ever wanted to do, and I'm so thankful everyday that I get to do it, despite the stress.  I think that if we all were able to go into our dream field, the field we've always wanted to enter, we'd all be a little less stressed about it.  I wish that for everyone.  Finis Coronot Opus- The End Crowns the Work. 

stressed-out professor

I have had quite a few visits to the doctor for stress-related illnesses, due to my job as a college professor. First of all, getting tenure involved hazing and abuse. After tenure, the stress level does not drop completely. We are expected to perform miracles with students who have poor preparation in their previous schooling. The students wear me down with their needs. They don't understand how to succeeed, and many are not capable, but they need a degree so they don't end up living in poverty. In the last week of class, I hear all their sob stories, and even if half of them are true, it's overwhelming. The administration is hostile to the faculty and try to push cost-cutting and education-cutting measures on us, while eroding any academic freedom we have left. I'm burnt out, and I have 25 years to go before I can even think about retiring.

wow

You should not be teaching at all. Also, people that do not have degress dont live in poverty. Are you sure you're a professor? Amazing. 

it seems to me that you dont

it seems to me that you dont like what you do , you should have been an engeneer or a programmer who dont deal with humans as much! 

Too many movies

I would like to know where that statement comes from and if it is based on any first hand experience. I suspect that I am the type of engineer you are picturing - I work in front of my computer all day essentially and until I gain more experience and start handing clients, this is unlikely to change.However, do you seriously expect I don't deal with humans much?? Any project worth working on will require many specialties, and therefore many other humans. Just because I don't spend all day talking does not mean dealing with other people is not a major part of the job.Think about keeping track of what is going on, asking for assistance, asking for opinions, try telling someone 3 levels higher than you that you think the current approach does not encompass everything, dealing with clients who don't provide the data which is needed for progress and I could probably think of more.The fact is, no one works in a locked room and it is very unfortunate the world thinks of engineers, scientists etc this way.

It can be quite rewarding.

It can be quite rewarding. Many of the students are motivated and take advantage of the opportunities we offer. Like everything, there are pros and cons. So I would say it's stressful but also rewarding.

"hazing and abuse"???

"hazing and abuse"??? Where do you teach?

CALL CENTER WORK...

I work in a call center, and this is definitely high stress. constant phones, but at the end of the day, i know that i have provided excellent service and will continue to strive. regardless of the stress level , with any job, we need to be thankful that we are employed.  My husband just last week, his employer closed their doors, and he will find something soon, its ok...but i will continue to deliver awesome customer service to my callers, regardless of my situations!

TRUE!

I was a University Professor in Suburban New York as my "Mommy Track."  The most difficult situation I had to confront was being literally harassed and insulted by campus non-faculty employees who were who felt insecure because I was a youthful looking African-American who had a terminal [a Juris Doctorate: Ph.D. equivalent] degree. In my department I comprised less than 1% of faculty throughout the U.S. who taught in that field of study.Ironically, I discovered that in Florida, those with the most threatened with their inability to adapt were the under-educated privileged administrators. Fortunately, the students always appreciated my work, and the foreign students were clearly the most diligent students. At that level, diversity has been an intractible problem, which skews the student success rate, as well. But without a doubt, except for the inefficient administrators in higher education, college professors have the least stressful profession. 

really?

I teach a lot of professors english and edit and translate for them....if this is the most stress free job, everyone else is going to die young. In the sciences the amount of scrounging for funding for their research and for students is immense and in the humanities the same is true (though to a lesser extent) and they have to deal with the stress of constant cuts and bloated admin that are trying to change universities into efficient corporations to justify their enormous salaries. Not to mention answering student emails non-stop and most starting their careers with a bucketful of debt from having to go to school for so long. The writer of this article is perhaps being influenced by Hollywood, where depictions often include a lot of free time for contemplation and philandering with students. Schools are run largely on the slave labour of part timers and the stress of making a low income should factor more heavily in these rankings.Plus stress is a subjective thing and reflects an individual's capacity to deal with it. And everyone has job stress. I bet an article about the most stressful jobs would be less contentious.    

Adjunct faculty need a separate stress level study!

As an adjunct faculty member, I would absolutely make more money working other fields.  I tried to pick up a retail job but they wouldn't hire me due to no experience and they told me my advanced degree was not applicable. Making about $2000/class per semester (or less depending at the school) leaves me broke 24/7.  I had to pick up an extra class at a school strictly to pay for the fuel to travel between the institutions I teach at. I only do the job because I love it, I love my students, and wish to continue gaining experience while searching for a full time position with benefits.  The stress of being in debt and having to count every penny to buy groceries and essentials all year long is awful.  The fact that I'm only hired one semester at a time, have no health benefits, and have to try and find classes at other institutions to make ends meet (if available and if scheduling allows) is stressful.  The fact that I could be fired on a whim because enrollment drops or a student complains is stressful.  The fact that adjuncts are treated as the lowest lifeforms at instutions is problematic.  The grade a student has on a transcript from a part-time faculty member is exactly the same as the ones given from classes taken by full time faculty...there's no notation that the class was taught by an adjunct.  We are doing good work but are never recognized.  I would love to see a study done on the stress levels of just adjuncts/part-time faculty. Sadly I don't think it would make instutions wake up and change their hiring practices.

To all the Professors who feel slighted by this article

I work as support staff at a private University. I can empathize with all of the faculty here who are a bit irate or annoyed that the perception is they have a cushy job. You need to take into consideration the methodology of how these results were determined.

  • Travel, amount of 0-10
  • Growth Potential (income divided by 100)
  • Deadlines 0-9
  • Working in the public eye 0-5
  • Competitiveness 0-15
  • Physical demands (stoop, climb, etc.) 0-14
  • Environmental conditions 0-13
  • Hazards encountered 0-5
  • Own life at risk 0-8
  • Life of another at risk 0-10
  • Meeting the public 0-8

Out of those 11 categories, your job does not even register on at least 6 of them. I believe the method involves stress inherent to the job. Every job has stress, and the amount of stress some jobs have does not vary. In Higher Ed. jobs, much of that stress is self induced. The ambition to make tenure and to be at the top of your field and to truly reach your students is something not every faculty member has. Granted, the good ones do, but there are enough of the other kind where it can be said that the level of stress inherent to the job is significantly less than many other career paths.I started with saying that I am support staff and a private university. If I were to do the same job in a corporate setting, my stress level would triple. I'm not saying I have a stress free job by anymeans, but I can tell you I have a lot less heartburn than my counterparts who work outside of Higher Ed. All I'm saying is try not to take offense to these results, and try to be thankful that you are doing something wonderful that makes a difference in the lives of your students, and possibly to the world as a whole depending on how much research you have taken on as well.

The grad student and postdoc

The grad student and postdoc who then was offered a 'job' as a professor has registered in every one of those categories. 

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