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The Least Stressful Jobs of 2015


Finding a job where stress is rarely an issue is the goal of many job seekers. But how can you tell whether a job will be stress-free before you've actually spent time managing the daily duties?

Some measures of stress are easy to define. If you or the life of others may be at jeopardy, chances are it's a pretty stressful job. If the deadlines for getting work done are tight, and if you have others closely watching your every activity, you can bet the stress may be unbearable.

On the other hand, if you spend your days working one-on-one with others helping them in some way, and your schedule tends to be set more by you than by others, you likely have a job with a low, healthy stress level.

"I've worked in the beauty industry for so many years, and the greatest gift you can give someone is when they turn around in the chair and they get to see themselves 'revealed,’” says Billy Lowe, a hair stylist in Los Angeles.

Lowe says that the entrepreneurial side of being a hair stylist is stressful, but the personal relationships working with clients provide an “incredible experience.” In those moments, Lowe says, “I don’t even feel like I’m working at work.” Job satisfaction and the pleasure of helping others can certainly go a long way to outweighing stress. Of course, what induces stress can vary from person to person. And make no mistake: No job is completely free from stress.

Consider Darlene Veghts, the interim director of Barbour Library at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Veghts has nearly 20 years of experience working as a librarian, the No. 9 least stressful job of 2015.

She says that librarians’ work is evolving because of technology, with much of their holdings now stored digitally. Yet she says that being surrounded by books makes it an ideal work environment for her.

“A lot of people think we read all day, but very few librarians do that,” she says.

Among librarians’ duties is assisting patrons, which Veghts says is a rewarding part of the job. She adds that being a librarian can be a great career path for someone who loves books—Veghts says she got started in the field after fulfilling a work-study as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh library. But serving others offers the greatest reward, she says.

Being of service to customers also is the case for jewelers and tailors, which can boast of a low level of stress on the job. And while certainly different in nature, other less stressful jobs on our list include tenured university professor, medical records technician, dietician and medical laboratory technician, which all are service jobs.

University professors provide the service of advanced education to students, while medical records technicians, medical laboratory technicians, audiologists and dieticians provide services that either streamline healthcare processes or make patients’ day-to-day lives better.

The following are the 10 least stressful jobs of 2015, according to our Jobs Rated report:

Least Stressful Jobs of 2015: 1. Hair Stylist

Jobs Rated Stress Score: 5.47
Median Annual Salary: $22,770
Projected Growth by 2022: 13%

Hair stylists typically work either with walk-in customers or build their own regular clientele. The most successful doing the latter can open their own businesses and thrive.

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Ironic...burned out

Ironic...burned out hairstylist seeking new career! Love doing it but is too physically demanding. The chemicals and product are brutal! You have to be insanely busy to make good money. The creative side is fun!


I GREW UP WITH MY MOTHER DOING HAIR. High classes or working class clientes are all the same, people get aggressive if you don't achieve the image they imagine in their head. There is a high rate of stress in hair stylist

The Least Stressful Jobs of 2015

Consider simple litter cleanup outside commercial properties. I've been making a six figure income yearly for over 30 years. It's almost as easy as a walk in the park!

I would like to know where

I would like to know where you gathered your facts about the median salary of a stylist?

I work in a small salon in a small town. If you make $22000 a year and thats the median salary, you are doing something wrong. Even at part time hours of 30 per week everyone makes WELL OVER $50000 per year. Was your data collected from chains such as Supercuts or Fantastic Sams?

Where did CareerCast get

Where did CareerCast get their information from?Medical Laboratory Technicians/Technologists used to be in the top 10 Most Stressful Professions.

There isn't even an explanation in this "article" to explain why this is supposedly a low stress field.Do you think working in an environment where your work can negatively or positively effect patient's lives "least stressful"?

Physicians want test results yesterday, you're expected to multi-task when under-staffed and all without making mistakes. Please, get real.

It comes as no surprise that

It comes as no surprise that service oriented jobs are the most fullfilling; overall aren't we here to find our purpose and then serve others. Being connected to the Ethnic Haircare industry, I can understand why the hair stylist is most fullfilling,* youre' are your own boss *work your own schedule *you get to experience your client happiness everyday.

However, Please be aware of the newly published health risk and toxics that many stylist are exposed to daily (with statistics to support findings). Be more natural is the best bet, to live a longer and happier life with your great career

Being a librarian is great.

Being a librarian is great. Helping patrons with requests and teaching them how to interact with information can be rewarding and fun, and it's true that it can be relatively low-stress. However, it is worth noting that the stress level can vary of A LOT depending on what type of library you work in and what type of library work you do.

Librarianship is one of those careers that suffers from an outdated image and a general lack of understanding about what it is that librarians actually do, so people tend to underestimate it. Being a librarian is really about organizing and accessing information, and it's not necessarily a great career for book lovers unless you also enjoy the informational aspect of it (I kind of wish the librarian they interviewed hadn't said the part about being a book lover, since it’s really not like that anymore in most settings. That may have still been true 20 years ago, but these days, writing your graduate school entrance essay about how much you love books is a surefire way to NOT to get in to library school).

It’s a great job, but I definitely don’t get to push a book cart around all day. I can actually go weeks without touching a book.

Being a librarian...

Yes, many people think a librarian gets to sit around all day reading.  You don't know how many times I have been asked that, yes I'm a librarian in a small rural library.  I was even told once, by a patron, that she thought that I basically just babysat books.  Well, NO, I don't! Lets start with the fact that my library is considered a county agency, thus we are audited every year by the state, even for the meager amount of money we bring in for copies and fines.  There are reports that must be maintained and sent to the regional office, plus ordering books and mateirals for circulation.  Then I have to process those mateirals into the system so patrons can check them out.  The list goes on and on and on.  I have plenty to keep me busy so I have NO time to read.  I used to be a book lover, but not anymore.  I don't even keep many books at home anymore, I'm just sick of looking at them.  I do read occasionaly, but mostly on my kindle or I listen to books using audible.On top of all that, dealing with creepy patron, stupid questions and people who want you to do their research work for them are a real gem!  I don't know your email password and can't look it up for you, and yes I have been asked that MANY times.  

I'm a dietitican, and I love

I'm a dietitican, and I love my job! It's very rewarding to help my patients understand how to improve their eating and nutrition habits. I can honestly say there's not a day goes by that I don't feel like I'm truly helping people become smarter and healthier. Sure, there's always something that adds stress, but not enough to dissuade me from my duties. 

Stylists Rock!

Yeah! We finally get the respect we deserve. Styling hair is a great job, and I should know - I've been doing it for 10 years. I love my customers and most are good friends. I've never had a better job.

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