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Top 10 Most and Least Stressful Jobs For 2013

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If you’re looking for a low-stress job in 2013, then being a full-time university professor might be appealing to you. According to Career Cast, it’s the first time professor has won the title of least stressful job in the site’s 20-year history of assessing employment.  At the other end of the ladder, enlisted men and women in the military have the most stressful jobs and the prospect of making the transition back to a civilian job adds to the stress. In assessing 200 careers, Career Cast’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. Here are the least stressful jobs and most stressful jobs for 2013:

Least Stressful Jobs:                        Median salary:

1. University Professor                      $62,050

2. Seamstress/Tailor                        $25,850

3. Medical Records Technician         $32,350

4. Jeweler                                          $35,170

5. Medical Laboratory Tech               $46,680

6. Audiologist                                     $66,660

7. Dietitian                                          $53,250

8. Hair Stylist                                      $22,500

9. Librarian                                          $54,500

10. Drill Press Operator                     $31,910


Most Stressful Jobs:                       Median salary:

1. Enlisted Military Personnel     $45,528 (W-1, 8 years experience)

2. Military General                           $196,300

3. Firefighter                                   $42,250

4. Commercial Airline Pilot           $92,060

5. Public Relations Executive       $57,550

6. Senior Corporate Executive    $101,250

7. Photojournalist                         $29,130

8. Newspaper Reporter               $36,000

9. Taxi Driver                               $22,440

10. Police Officer                        $55,010

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