Everybody dreams of having an easy, stress-free job. While a list of the least stressful jobs can be subjective, certain criteria, such as freedom to work with limited supervision and on your own schedule, can help make a job seem less like work. While most jobs carry some stress, a job that gives you personal satisfaction and freedom and allows you to do something you enjoy can result in a less stressful career.
Web Designer or Graphic Artist
While web designers and graphic artists work hard, they are typically using talents they enjoy. This in part leads to the lower stress factor. In many instances, jobs have deadlines months away, allowing web designers to work independently and on their own schedules. According to a CNN Money poll of web designers, 58 percent consider the job low stress. Another contributing factor to the low-stress aspect of this career, according to the poll, is that "companies tend to reward the website creators with parties and other freebies."
Food Truck Service
Food truck operators spend the day driving from one business location to the next. This is ideal for people who love to be on the road. Operating a food service truck can be a low-stress way to earn a living while being your own boss. Driving an ice cream truck is similarly low-stress. A Careercast poll states that "the ability to set your own hours and work alone" are two of the highest contributing factors for low stress in this career.
Review or Technical Writer
If you have writing skills and love to test and review products, writing technical manuals or reviewing a variety of products are two jobs that are low stress. The ability to spend time working without a boss is one of the factors that leads to the low stress level. Additionally, there's the benefit of testing new products, many of which you get to keep. A lot of technical writers and reviewers work from home as well, allowing for a more relaxed work environment. According to a CNN Money report, technical writing rates 88 as one of the top 100 jobs to have.
Testing and reviewing games for the big gaming console companies can be a fun, relaxing way to earn a living. In addition to testing for bugs and making suggestions for improvement, many testers write reviews for the games. This is a job where you can stay at home and work in your pajamas all day. A CNN poll of game testers notes that "it's easier to relax at your desk when your job mirrors what you would normally do for fun."
Many people bake to relax. If you have baking talents, a part-time job working in a bakery is considered one of the lowest stress level jobs in America. Besides the relaxed environment and the ability to do something you enjoy, the soothing aromas of baked goods can help keep you focused and feeling good.
Working in a library is an ideal job for someone who loves books. According to a Careercast 2010 survey, "the work environment in a library is typically casual, placing books on shelves and checking customers out in a quiet environment." Libraries are not known for hectic activity.
Working as a janitor, particularly on a third shift where there is no one else around, is usually quiet and stress free. Many companies hire single employees to service one location, which allows you to be your own boss and work at your own pace. Third-shift janitor work is quiet. You can put on a pair of headphones and work at your own pace.
Amusement Park Operator
Working a summer job in a concession booth or as a ride operator can be both fun and low stress. These jobs are usually handled by college students or even high school students as a way to earn money while having the freedom to continue their studies.
If you enjoy working around people and have good communication skills, being a tour guide is a job that requires very little training and has a low level of stress. Tour guides at parks and in caves, or even a speaker at a zoo, are all jobs that fall into this category.
Not only does a massage therapist earn a decent living, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates this is a growing field in 2010. While some training is required, a certification can be earned in as little as two months. Many massage therapists work less than 40 hours a week and work in relaxing, quiet environments.