Gigs that offer job security and a good hiring outlook
The new year is of course the season for resolutions. And right after "lose weight" usually comes something along the lines of "worry less" or "don't get so stressed all the time." But for most Americans, such desires may seem like a pipe dream given their working reality; while improved, the unemployment rate still stands at 7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Amid such an environment, are there any opportunities out there for a low-stress working life? Yes, according to CareerCast.com, the job-search portal site. The site has just released its list of of the least stressful jobs for 2014. (The list is put together by CareerCast.com and is based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other industry trade groups. In total, 200 jobs are tracked by the website.)
Are there are any consistencies among the low-stress jobs? According to Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.com, the highest-ranking jobs on the low-stress list offer "job security, a good hiring outlook and salary but few physical demands, deadlines and danger," he said in press release.
See below for the 10 least stressful jobs of 2014.
(Outlook is the growth in hiring in the sector expected by 2020, as projected by the BLS, which also provides the average salary information.)
Median Salary: $35,580
Outlook: 6 percent
Find a job now as a drill press operator.
Median Salary: $61,370
Outlook: 8 percent
Find a job now as a multimedia artist.
Median Salary: $55,370
Outlook: 7 percent
Find a job now as a librarian.
Median Salary: $34,160
Outlook: 21 percent
Find a job now as a medical records technician.
Median Salary: $55,240
Outlook: 20 percent
Find a job now as a dietitian.
Median Salary: $26,280
Outlook: 1 percent
4. University Professor (tenured)
Median Salary: $64,290
Outlook: 17 percent
Find a job now as a university professor.
Median Salary: $35,350
Outlook: - 5 percent
Find a job now as a jeweler.
Median Salary: $22,700
Outlook: 14 percent
Find a job now as a hairstylist.
Median Salary: $69,720
Outlook 37 percent
Find a job now as an audiologist.