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Low Stress Jobs

Are These Jobs Really Low Stress?

Every type of job is stressful at one point or another, but some are innately bound with more stress than others. If your job becomes so stressful that it affects your health or livelihood then you may want to consider switching paths, but where would you turn? This list of 8 Careers to Help Lower Your Stress Meter suggests that the following jobs may be worth considering if your target is less stress.

  1. Accountant
  2. Preschool Teacher
  3. Nursing Assistant
  4. Financial Planner
  5. Massage Therapist / Physical Therapy Assistant
  6. Pastry Chef
  7. Graphic Design
  8. Desktop Support


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hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
I think it all depends on your workload, how demanding your client/boss is and if you enjoy working long hours!
Teaching is INSANELY stressful. Honestly, working with kids who are smartasses like high schoolers, or kids who all out just don't understand like preschoolers, it's very, very hard. I teach Kindergarteners now. Saying it is low stress is actually one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
Lindira Lindira 9 years
None of those sound like low stress jobs to me. My husband is a massage therapist, and it can be very strenuous work, especially when you're working on someone for an hour or 2 at a time and they have a lot of kinks to work out. Then add on difficult and rude clients? Yeesh.
haydee haydee 9 years
teaching is a stressful job, whether it be preschool or highschool
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Wow, I've never had any of those jobs, but almost all of them sound stressful to me!
AmyDanielle AmyDanielle 9 years
I'm a graphic designer, and let me tell you, it's NOT low stress.
amyonedge amyonedge 9 years
I am a CPA. Having worked at a Big 4 firm as well as the private sector, I can say being an accountant is NOT low stress! Tight deadlines and long hours can sometimes make the profession a stress nightmare.
millarci millarci 9 years
I'm a graphic designer and it can be a VERY stressful job.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I woudn't say that preschool teacher or nursing assistant are low stress jobs, no way! Maybe massage therapist, pastry chef and graphic designer would be considered low stress in some cases, but the list is definitively not accurate.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
I think out of all of the given choices, a massage therapist would be the least stressful, simply because you and your client has to be in a calm and relaxing environment in order for it to really have an effect on them.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
desktop support low stress lmao almost all of desktop support issues occur because there is a problem between the keyboard and the chair of said "desktop". Oh, but no, try telling them that.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I guess my job would technically fall under the "desktop support" category, and as verily said, it is NOT low stress!! @ssholes screaming at you, so many metrics/adherence scores, etc... Sure there are times when it's slow and that is low stress, but those times are few and far between.
fadedblue fadedblue 9 years
I'm a graphic designer and the stress level really depends on where you're working and who you're working with. Freelance tends to be more stressful than working in an actual studio where you can depend on the bi-weekly paycheck. I am at the low to medium stress level right now because I'm doing freelance while seeking out a full time design job. I'll be happy once I land that =P
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I'm not experiencing low stress as a graphic designer. Deadlines are stressful, the clients stress you out, the bosses stress you out.
emalove emalove 9 years
LOL at preschool teacher being a "low stress job". Uh, try again. I teach middle school now, but I taught preschool for 3 years and it was quite stressful at times. Yes, it's enjoyable most of the time, but there is NOTHING low stress about being in charge of a class of 20 preschoolers.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I dont see most of these as low stress.
Kelly-O Kelly-O 9 years
Seriously? That list is just horribly off-base. I've worked in Accounting and Finance departments a good bit, and I promise you none of them were low-stress. My mom works in a financial planner's office, and her pace is way more hectic than mine. My husband is an IT guy and has worked desktop support in the past, it's definitely not close to a low-stress environment. I would not really classify any of these as jobs to take for a lower-stress environment. Yes, if you're a preschool teacher, nursing assistant or masseuse, you want to create a low-stress environment for your clients, but that does not mean your own schedule is low-stress. The author of this list has clearly not spent much time in a clinical setting.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
wow... I'm hella thankful!! I'm prepping taxes too, but I aint pullin my hair,...and I cover 18 HOAs in our management office. I have cool coworkers though,...we're like family and help each other out. Maybe that's what it is. The environment.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
My step mom is an accountant and is a partner at her firm I can tell you that she would totally disagree that it is low stress.
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 9 years
I agree with verily, I am in desktop support - people yelling at you, blaming you for their word crashing down and possibly loss of their job is STRESSFUL. I don't think any support job with customers is an easy or non-stressful one.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
Most of those jobs really don't look that low-stress. But anytime I feel overwhelmed by my studies and the intellectual pressure of the environment I live in, I find myself really wishing to be a pastry chef.
syako syako 9 years
I'm a graphic designer - I'd say my job right now is way LOW stress BUT I work in a really flexible atmosphere with supervisors that give me creative free reign, so I don't know if this would be the same answer if I worked elsewhere...
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