University Professor, Seamstress and Medical Records Technician Top's Least Stressful Jobs List

Military, Firefighters and Pilots are Most Stressful Careers

Jan 03, 2013, 10:00 ET from

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- University Professor tops the list of least stressful careers for 2013, according to a new report on the least and most stressful professions by The report analyzed 200 different professions, measuring work environment, job competitiveness and risk to determine the rankings.

"The field's high growth opportunities and minimal health risks in a low-stress, pleasant work environment makes the job of University Professor the envy of many career professionals," says Tony Lee, publisher, Universities are expected to add 305,700 adjunct and tenure-track professorial positions by 2020.

Seamstress/Tailor earned second place on the least stressful jobs for 2013 for its low safety risks, limited physical demands and peaceful work environment. A handful of careers in the medical industry also made the 10 least stressful rankings: Medical Records Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Audiologist and Dietitian. The healthcare industry is expected to be the highest growth sector in the next decade.

On the other end of the stress spectrum are the most stressful jobs: Enlisted Military Personnel, Military General, Firefighter, Commercial Airline Pilot and Public Relations Executive. Soldiers' lives are always at risk, but military officers, firefighters and pilots are responsible for the well being of others. No task could be more stressful than being responsible for other people's lives.

Although not a dangerous career, Public Relations Executives need to be able to think and act quickly under stress. The profession lives in the public eye, and landing and keeping a good job is difficult. 

10 Least Stressful Jobs 2013        

Median Salary

1.    University Professor                


2.    Seamstress/Tailor                        


3.    Medical Records Technician    


4.    Jeweler                                         


5.    Medical Laboratory Technician


6.    Audiologist                                 


7.    Dietitian                                      


8.    Hair Stylist                                   


9.    Librarian                                        


10.  Drill Press Operator                        



10 Most Stressful Jobs 2013        

Median Salary

1.    Enlisted Military Personnel


2.    Military General                 


3.    Firefighter                         


4.    Commercial Airline Pilot     


5.    Public Relations Executive


6.    Senior Corporate Executive   


7.    Photojournalist                        


8.    Newspaper Reporter             


9.    Taxi Driver                              


10.  Police Officer                               


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