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Top 10 Most Stressful and Least Stressful Jobs

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a low-stress job?  Being a full-time university professor is the least stressful career for 2013, according to jobs site

It's the first time that career has won the title of least stressful in the site's 20-year history of assessing jobs.

"Professors are kings of their kingdoms," said Tony Lee, publisher of and  "They tell students what they must do."

Lee said the list does not distinguish whether a professor is tenured, though that may be a factor in stress-level.

University professors, with a median salary of $62,050, topped last year's winning career, which was medical records technician.  That career, with a median salary of $32,350, came in third this year.

In assessing 200 careers,'s criteria included 11 stress factors like travel, job outlook, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk, and meeting the public.

CareerCast works with math and statistics researchers at the University of Wisconsin to compile the list, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trade reports and other sources.

Lee said the least stressful careers tend to entail positive feedback from people on a regular basis.  In those cases, people who are working are generally pleased, he said.

"The most stressful list tends to be opposite," he said.

The silver lining is that the more stressful a job is, the higher the likelihood you'll get paid more, said Lee.  The logic follows somewhat in that military enlisted personnel and military generals are the first and second most stressful careers, with median salaries of $45,528 and $196,000.

The following are the least stressful jobs for 2013:

  1. University Professor - Median salary: $62,050
  2. Seamstress/Tailor - Median salary: $25,850
  3. Medical Records Technician - Median salary: $32,350
  4. Jeweler - Median salary: $35,170
  5. Medical Laboratory Technician - Median salary: $46,680
  6. Audiologist - Median salary: $66,660
  7. Dietitian - Median salary: $53,250
  8. Hair Stylist - Median salary: $22,500
  9. Librarian - Median salary: $54,500
  10. Drill Press Operator -- Median salary: $31,910

The following are the most stressful jobs for 2013:

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel - Median salary: $45,528 (W-1, 8 years experience)
  2. Military General - Median salary: $196,300
  3. Firefighter - Median salary: $42,250
  4. Commercial Airline Pilot - Median salary: $92,060
  5. Public Relations Executive - Median salary: $57,550
  6. Senior Corporate Executive - Median salary: $101,250
  7. Photojournalist - Median salary: $29,130
  8. Newspaper Reporter - Median salary: $36,000
  9. Taxi Driver - Median salary: $22,440
  10. Police Officer - Median salary: $55,010

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Stress Is Just Like a Full-Time Job

David De Lossy/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Back at the job from your summer vacation?  Feeling stressed already?  Welcome to the club.

Seventy-three percent of respondents from the 2012 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College reported being stressed by at least one thing at work.

The number one stress inducer, according to the survey, is a crummy paycheck although various other complaints are right behind, such as annoying coworkers, long commutes, too much work and veering off your career path.

The survey reveals that there are plenty of other annoyances that create stress like poor work-life balance, lack of opportunities to advance and of course, the boss from hell.

Surprisingly, fear of losing your job ranked near the bottom of major stressors as people seem less worried about job security than they have since the start of the Great Recession.

Yet, any kind of stress at work is not helpful, according to John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College, who says it “reduces productivity, lessens job satisfaction, lowers morale and has a negative impact on health” while costing employers billions of dollars every year.

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Best and Worst Jobs of 2012: Most Stressful Careers

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- is out with its list of best and worst jobs of 2012. It’s bad news for journalists, but much brighter for the folks who program the code that keeps this website humming.

Using a methodology that looked at physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook, career website ranked the top 200 jobs. They also ranked the jobs with the most stress.  Not surprisingly, none of the most stressful jobs show up on the best jobs list.

At the top is software engineer and at the bottom is the lumberjack.  Felling trees failed to skate above the bottom 10 percent in all ranking categories, excluding income.  "Unemployment for lumberjacks is very high, and the demand for their services is expected to continue to fall through 2016. And while working outside all day may seem like a great job perk, being a lumberjack not only is considered the worst job, but also one of the world’s most dangerous,” according to

And, for that most dangerous job, expect to earn a little more than $32,000 a year. That’s about $56,000 less than the cushy job of  a software engineer, which has the average salary at $88,000 a year, according to Careercast.

Here’s a complete look at the best and worst jobs. And, take a look at the most stressful jobs. You may be surprised.

Best Jobs

  • Software Engineer
  • Actuary
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Financial Planner
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Online Advertising Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Mathematician

Worst Jobs

  • Lumberjack
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Enlisted Military Soldier
  • Oil Rig Worker
  • Reporter (Newspaper)
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Meter Reader
  • Dishwasher
  • Butcher
  • Broadcaster

Most Stressful Jobs

  • Enlisted Soldier
  • Firefighter
  • Airline Pilot
  • Military General
  • Police Officer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Public Relations Executive
  • Corporate Executive (Senior)
  • Photojournalist
  • Taxi Driver

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Enlisted Military Soldier Ranked as the Nation’s Most Stressful Job

Khalid Mohammed-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Being shot at and targeted with roadside bombs is certainly nerve-racking and dangerous, so it’s no surprise that the job of being an enlisted soldier in the U.S. military ranks as the nation’s most stressful job.  That’s according to’s annual survey of 200 different professions. The survey measures work environment, job competitiveness, risk and related factors.  For enduring that peril and stress, enlisted military soldiers earn an average yearly income of $35,580.  Military generals were ranked as having the fourth-most stressful job in the nation, but their average annual income is $196,300.

The survey found a medical records technician had the least stressful job in the nation.

Here are's 10 Most Stressful Jobs, along with their average annual income:

    Enlisted Military Soldier -- Average Income $35,580
    Firefighter -- Average Income $45,250
    Airline Pilot -- Average Income $103,210
    Military General -- Average Income $196,300
    Police Officer -- Average Income $53,540
    Event Coordinator -- Average Income $45,260
    Public Relations Executive -- Average Income $91,810
    Corporate Executive (Senior) -- Average Income $165,830
    Photojournalist -- Average Income $40,000
    Taxi Driver -- Average Income $22,440

Here are's 10 Least Stressful Jobs, along with their average annual income:

    Medical Records Technician -- Average Income $32,350
    Jeweler -- Average Income $35,170
    Hair Stylist -- Average Income $22,760
    Dressmaker/Tailor -- Average Income $26,560
    Medical Laboratory Technician -- Average Income $36,280
    Audiologist -- Average Income $66,660
    Precision Assembler - Average Income $31,250
    Dietitian -- Average Income $53,250
    Furniture Upholsterer -- Average Income $29,960
    Electrical Technician -- Average Income $56,040

Find out more about's survey here.

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