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The 10 Least Stressful Jobs For You To Hate

I've spent the last few days flying the unfriendly skies and watching my fellow passengers try to cram full suitcases into the overhead bins to avoid the $25 per bag fees. I'm glad to be home.

I'm catching up on what I've missed, such as CareerCast.com's ten least stressful jobs list. Philosopher and mathematician made the list along with dental hygienist and chiropractor. Well, it is hard for people to talk back when you're cleaning their teeth, right? As CareerCast.com points out:
"Professions that involve low stress have very little danger and minimal physical demands, both of which can compound stress," explains Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. "Job seekers who want a laid back career and a high quality of life should look for professions that involve shorter work weeks, low pressure and little competition, like those that ranked in our top 10 least stressful professions list."

Researchers and the media love to talk about how we should lower our stress levels on the job. We do need to manage our stress levels, especially in these times when workers are doing the jobs of three people, but surveys such as this one seem to suggest that we should aim for jobs that aren’t stressful at all. I don't know about you, but a job without some level of stress would be a total snoozefest. To me, "low pressure" equals "I’m bored out of my freaking mind." The only stress would be that of searching for a more exciting job.

We should just admit to ourselves that we live for some stress on the job. Stress helps us know we're alive and kicking. Stress means excitement. Stress means we're keeping busy. Stress means challenge, and we humans love the thrill of the hunt. It's in our DNA. Will everything come together today? Who knows, but let's go hunt and forage! The key is to keep our stress manageable. As the old saying goes, everything in moderation. Now if only our co-workers weren't such jerks, right?

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I'm convinced the biggest source of job stress comes from feeling like you're in the wrong job. It's knowing the career track you were so excited about as you left college (or grad school) isn't right for you now. Your whole career has moved into the "it seemed like a good idea at the time" category. It's the sales director who secretly hates sales. It's the retail manager who doesn't like retail anymore. It's the cranky flight attendant who can't take telling another customer that he needs to check his over-sized bag at the gate. Every day is a long, hard slog to quitting time and then you go home and cry.

You can be an audiologist who hates your job so much it leaves you totally stressed out. You can be a philosopher who is sick of trying to figure out if you really exist. You feel like it's too late to change career direction, but you know you have to find the courage to change because you just can't take it anymore. At the same time, you know you're a lucky bastard to have a "good" job in this terrible economy. So you stick it out another day, another week, another year, battling your inner duality at every turn. I'm completely miserable, but I'm so lucky. I'm completely miserable, but I'm so lucky. Talk about stress. Cue the weird hats, unicycle and fairy costume from Zdob si Zdub's recent Eurovision performance and repeat after me: SO LUCKY! So awesome.



Let's see the survey that asks employees over age 30 if they would still choose the same career path now. I bet the results wouldn't be boring at all.

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