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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Most and Least Stressful Jobs of 2014

By January 13, 2014

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CareerCast.com has published its list of the most and least stressful jobs of 2014. As it did last year, enlisted military personnel is at the top of the most stressful list. The least stressful job this year is audiologist.

University professor has moved down to fourth place on the least stressful list, but this year, unlike last, it is qualified by the term "tenured." In my blog post Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 I questioned how that career could be the least stressful of all given the publish or perish environment most university professors have to deal with prior to getting tenure. I can understand how tenure, which generally guarantees a job for life, could diminish most stress.

What other jobs are considered the most stressful this year. Military general is in second place, followed by firefighter, airline pilot, event coordinator, public relations executive, senior corporate executive, news reporter, police officer and taxi driver.

In the number two and three spots on the least stressful jobs list are hairstylist and jeweler. In fifth through tenth place are seamstress and tailor, dietitian, medical records technician, librarian, multimedia artist and drill-press operator.

There are a few important things to consider if you are using these lists to guide you in your decision about career choice. First of all everyone's perception of stress is different. What one person finds stressful, another may not. You might find it stressful to march into a war zone—I would—but someone else might be stressed out by sitting behind a desk. In addition, some people aren't bothered by stress. Instead they thrive on it. When thinking about what career is right for you, learn all you can about it and decide whether you would find the work hard to deal with or invigorating.

Next, most jobs can be stressful from time to time, for example when a big project deadline is approaching. Sometimes it's more about your place of employment than it is about your occupation. For example working for a difficult boss or with horrible coworkers can be miserable. A particular environment can be stressful. Sure hairdresser may be a stress-free job if you are working in a quiet salon but what if you are working in a very busy one? What if you are a seamstress altering bridal gowns for bridezillas (or tuxedos for groomzillas)? When you are interviewing for a job, take the time to learn about the employer so you can make a decision about whether it is a good place for you to work.

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