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Top 10 most and least stressful jobs for 2015

By SHRM Online staff Jan 28, 2015
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  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #1: Firefighter
    With the highest stress score of 71.59, firefighters earn a median salary of $45,600 and have a projected growth rate of 7 percent by 2022.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #2: Enlisted Military Personnel
    Sir, yes sir: They have the second most stressful job, with a score of 70.78, and earn a median salary of $28,840. The projected growth of their job by 2022 was unavailable.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #3: Military General
    Their job scored 63.11 on stress and they earn a median salary of $196,300. The projected growth rate was unavailable.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #4: Airline Pilot
    This job scored 60.46 on stress. Although at $98,410 it brings in the second-highest median salary among jobs on this list, it faces a -1 percent projected growth rate by 2022.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #5: Police Officer
    Protecting their communities comes with a stress score of 50.82, a $56,980 median income and have a projected growth rate of 5 percent by 2022.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #6: Actor
    Chasing auditions and performing before audiences large and small comes with a 50.33 stress score, a $46,070 median income and a 4 percent projected growth rate.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #7: Broadcaster
    This job scored 50.30 for stress, brings in a median salary of $60,070 and has a projected 2 percent growth rate by 2022.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #8: Event Coordinator
    This job scored 49.93 for stress, has a median income of $45,810 and at 33 percent, has the highest projected growth rate by 2022 than others on this list.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #9: Photojournalist
    Capturing that perfect shot comes with a stress score of 49.22, a median salary of $42,530, and a 3 percent projected growth rate by 2022.

  • MOST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #10: Newspaper Reporter
    Read all about it—this job scored 48.76 on the stress level, has a median salary of $37,090 and a -13 percent projected growth rate by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #1: Hair Stylist
    This may be the job to dye for—at 5.47 it has the lowest stress score, brings in a median income of $22,770 and has a projected job growth of 13 percent by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #2: Audiologist
    Now hear this: It rated 6.30 on the stress scale, has a median income of $69,720 and enjoys the highest projected growth rate—34 percent—by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #3: Tenured University Professor
    These scholars have a stress score of 6.94, a median income of $68,970 and a projected job growth rate of 19 percent by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #4: Medical Records Technician
    With a stress score of 7.55, this job has a median salary of $34,160 and at 22 percent shares the same projected growth rate by 2022 as medical laboratory technicians.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #5: Jeweler
    This job has a stress score of 8.10, a median salary of $35,350 and a projected growth rate of -10 percent by 2022—the only one on the list of top 10 least stressful jobs with a negative growth rate.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #6: Medical Laboratory Technician
    Their job rated 8.98 on the stress score, has a median income of $47,820 and a projected growth rate of 22 percent by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #7: Seamstress/Tailor
    We had to button-hole you to let you know this job scored 9.56 on stress, has a $25,590 median salary and a 1 percent projected growth rate by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #8: Dietitian
    Making sure others eat right serves up a 10.23 stress score, a median salary of $55,240 and a projected job growth rate of 21 percent by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #9: Librarian
    This job comes with a stress score of 10.58, a median salary of $55,370 and a projected growth rate of 7 percent by 2022.

  • LEAST STRESSFUL JOBS IN 2015

    #10: Forklift Operator
    Ranked 11.43 on stress, this job brings in a median salary of $31,150 and—like seamstresses and tailors—has a projected job growth rate of 1 percent by 2022.

Firefighter, actor and event coordinator are three jobs that share one thing in common—they’re among the 10 most stressful occupations for 2015, according to CareerCast.

While rushing into burning buildings thrusts firefighters into danger, performing before an audience and working on deadline also bring their own high levels of pressure.

“Stress can come from a variety of factors, including tight deadlines, long hours and the need to put your life on the line while protecting others,” said Tony Lee, publisher of the CareerCast website, in a news release. “It takes a thick skin and keen attention to detail to thrive in environments fraught with hazards and long hours.”

Prefer a less stressful job? Consider becoming a hair stylist, librarian or forklift operator. They were among CareerCast’s 10 least stressful jobs for 2015.

“Job satisfaction and the pleasure of helping others can certainly go a long way to outweighing stress,” Lee said.

In compiling this list of most and least stressful jobs for the new year, CareerCast considered 11 job stress factors:

  • Physical demands.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Hazards encountered.
  • Involves placing one’s life at risk.
  • Being responsible for having other people’s lives at risk.
  • Deadlines.
  • Whether the job requires working in the public eye.
  • Whether the job requires meeting the public.
  • Competitiveness.
  • Travel.
  • Job growth potential. (Toiling away in a job with a low or negative projected rate of growth contributes to stress.)

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