Nobody likes to feel stress. It is an unpleasant experience, and most job seekers would love to find a career that minimize the amount of time spent in high-stress situations.
Using data from O*NET, an occupational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the following is a look at the 30 least stressful occupations across the country. O*NET assigns scores in various categories for each occupation based on the results to survey questions sent out to employers.
For this list, we focused on three different scores, all graded on a 1 to 5 scale: frequency of conflict situations, exposure to hazardous conditions, and stress tolerance. These three grades were combined to create a "Total Stress Score," which is out of 15, and the occupations with the lowest total stress scores were chosen for this list.
Survey scores explained:
- Frequency of conflict situations: How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
- Exposure to hazardous conditions: How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
- Stress tolerance: Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
Note: In the event of ties, the job with the lower stress tolerance score was ranked higher on the list.