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Top 20 least stressful jobs in the Usa?

 
 
Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 01:04 pm
What are the top 20 least stressful jobs in the USA?
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 01:19 pm
Hey! I was going to start a thread like this! I think those people that go around to offices watering and taking care of the plants have got to have pretty low job-related stress. Sounds pretty relaxing, actually.
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doglover
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 02:38 pm
I can think of a couple of jobs that are relatively stress free (I've never had any of these jobs, but they seem kind of laid back)...

Florist
File Clerk
Librarian
Shoe Salesperson
Massage Therapist
Ian442's job (I want that job if he ever quits) :wink:
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 02:47 pm
My mother's a retired librarian. She can tell you it's anything but stress-free (no, she didn't spend all of her time shushing people). Y'see, the day room of a mental institution bears a remarkable resemblance to the main reading room of most libraries. So, there are often folks who come in because it's, shall we say, familiar. So Mom had to chase out more than one guy who was exposing himself or falling asleep at closing time or who stunk to high heavens.

Her library (a public library, but she also worked at High School, Elementary School and College libraries) was next door to a High School so Mom also dealt with nasty teens who, let's see - would deface the books, steal the anatomy texts, bother the other patrons and graffiti in the bathrooms.

She also dealt with more than one irate patron who'd b!tch about their high taxes (in New York at least, the public library's budget is voted on just like the school's budget. Yes, my mother's salary was at the whims of the voters) while trying to slip a book under their coat. She had to explain to more than one grease-covered amateur mechanic that the auto mechanic texts couldn't be taken out until he washed his hands, and he'd have to pay for damage to the book if he didn't. She had to explain to more than one irate patron why copies cost 10 cents rather than 5 (there's that budget problem again) and why they didn't have the latest CDs (often stolen by those lovely High Schoolers) or first-run films on VHS (that pesky budget again).

Mom was in her 50s when she ran after a thief who was undeterred by the security system (she caught him. Go Mom, go!) and in her 60s when some guy decided it would be fun to hit on her. She dealt with patrons with the strong odor of alcohol on their breath and with folks who could not be persuaded to leave as the doors were being locked.

BTW, she loved her job, but it was anything but stress-free.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 02:55 pm
How about the following for low stress jobs :
Astronomer, Museum worker Hair dresser, Optician, Homeopath, Church worker

I have also heard reference to web designer as a low stress job.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 02:55 pm
How about the following for low stress jobs :
Astronomer, Museum worker Hair dresser, Optician, Homeopath, Church worker

I have also heard reference to web designer as a low stress job.
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doglover
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 03:06 pm
LOL jespah...I never knew being a librarian was such 'exciting' work! You certainly cleared up some misconceptions I had!

I have a few more to add to my list:

Historian
Nail Technician
Horticulturist
Proof Reader

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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 03:11 pm
Welfare bum.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 03:25 pm
Professional surfer
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 03:27 pm
Crack whore. Assistant crack whore is way more stressful. Just ask Bobby Brown.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 05:24 am
I would say that any job where you are on your own, don't have to deal with the public, and have no one over you, is the least stressful.

No if we could figure out what these jobs are...................... Laughing


Hmmm........Maybe an artist or a sculptor, when you are living off an inheritance!!!
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 05:36 am
pornographic web site operator
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 09:13 pm
Loving the work that you do makes it not work and therefore not stressful.

I have known two people who loved their jobs and they worked almost all the time except for them it was not work or a job but what they wanted to do. As luck would have it they made money too.

One was a art historian and the other an art dealer.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 09:33 pm
Walmart greeter. Half of those people don't even know they're getting paid.
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Elmtree
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 09:36 pm
Woodworker, a la "The Woodwright's Shop"
Food Critic
Movie Reviewer
Piano Tuner
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jul, 2004 08:13 am
Slappy you have that right. I suggested that my dad do that as part-time work when he retired. I figured he likes to talk and how strenuous could that job be? Also, so he would stay out of my mom's hair.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jul, 2004 09:11 am
Town clerk for a small town.
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libelarian
 
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Reply Sun 1 Aug, 2004 07:51 pm
librarian and stress
As a public librarian who has worked for 4 systems, I can honestly say that being a public librarian is very stressful. A public librarian is always under the fickle eye of the public, every gesture, facial expression, decision, tone of voice, and reply is under the scrutiny of anyone who walks into a library with various agendas--including emotional.

We are expected to continually hold a smile like Vanna White and think like Einstein with the speed of a 1 gig processor. You are constantly balancing the tightrope between being friendly and not saying something that someone could misinterpret. We have extremely heavy workloads that must be performed at the same time we are interfacing with the public--ie, statistical reports, book ordering and weeding, preparing storytimes, contacting performers, and so much more. We are always in 5th gear, but are expected to have the countenance of one who just disembarked a cruise ship. We do not get paid well for these demands nor the educational level that is required for this position.
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flashz
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2004 10:03 am
hmm....i think a computer games tester is another dream stress-free job ^^
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fortune
 
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Reply Mon 2 Aug, 2004 04:11 pm
I have a friend who's a games tester. He say's it doesn't pay enough to be anything like stress free.
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