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Taking it easy: The 10 least stressful jobs of 2016



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Stress is unavoidable, no matter your line of work. In fact, the career found to be the least stressful in CareerCast’s new report is a perfect example.

Information security analyst, found to be 2016’s least stressful, was at the centre of some of the most stressful situations in the workplace in 2015, thanks to the security breach at Sony Pictures Studios.

What occurred in that instance was an anomaly, however, says the report, which was generated on the basis of 11 stress driving factors, such as the amount of travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, physical demands such as stooping or climbing, and even meeting members of the public.

Each job was given a stress score based on these factors, corroborated with median annual income and growth outlook data pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 10 least stressful jobs of 2016 are:

1. Information Security Analyst
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 3.80
Median Annual Income: $88,890
Growth Outlook : 18%

2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 4.00
Median Annual Income: $62,540
Growth Outlook: 24%

3. University Professor (Tenured)
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 6.94
Median Annual Income: $70,790
Growth Outlook : 13%

4. Hair Stylist
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 7.47
Median Annual Income: $23,200
Growth Outlook : 10%

5. Medical Records Technician
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 7.55
Median Annual Income: $35,900
Growth Outlook : 15%

6. Medical Laboratory Technician
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 8.98
Median Annual Income: $49,310
Growth Outlook: 16%

7. Jeweller
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 9.10
Median Annual Income: $36,870
Growth Outlook: -11%

8. Audiologist
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 9.30
Median Annual Income: $73,060
Growth Outlook: 29%

9. Dietitian
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 10.23
Median Annual Income: $56,950
Growth Outlook: 16%

10. Librarian
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 10.58
Median Annual Income: $56,170
Growth Outlook: 2%

ALSO READ: How to make stress your friend

In comparison, the year’s most stressful jobs such as firefighters and police officers sees the job holders facing life-threatening situations routinely as a fundamental part of their jobs.

Other forms of stress were evident in job such as a public relations agent, whose stress comes from tight deadlines, oftentimes out of the agent’s control, and meeting in the public under sometimes inhospitable circumstances.

The following are the 10 most stressful jobs of 2016:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline pilot
  4. Police officer
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Public relations executive
  7. Senior corporate executive
  8. Broadcaster
  9. Newspaper reporter
  10. Taxi driver

ALSO READ: Only 10% of Singaporeans claim to be stress-free

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