The first part of this article looked at the 10 most stressful jobs as ranked by job-search site CareerCast. To recap, its ranking system for stress considered 11 different job demands that could be expected to cause stress (see box).

Each demand was assigned a range of points. A high score was awarded if a particular demand was a major part of the job, fewer points were awarded if the demand was a small part of the job, and no points were awarded if that demand was not normally required.

Stress Factors

Scoring Range



Outlook/Growth potential

Income ÷ 100



Working in the public eye




Physical demands (stooping, climbing, etc.)


Environmental conditions


Hazards encountered


Own life at risk


Life of another at risk


Meeting the public


Total Maximum Points = 97 + Outlook/Growth Potential

To compute a score for each occupation, points were added together for all 11 categories.

Going by the same ranking system, here are CareerCast’s 10 least stressful jobs:


An audiologist diagnoses and treats hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function. The job is not typically physically demanding or stressful, but it does require a keen attention to detail and focused concentration.


Chiropractors typically work 40-hour weeks, but their schedules may vary depending on their clients’ needs. The demand for chiropractic care is high as more and more people tend to work in front of computers for extended periods of time.

Computer programmer

Since computer programmers work extensively at computers, the option to work anywhere in the world is wide open. This can be great for the stress level, but also bad because that means many local jobs can now be off-shored to other countries for lower wages.

Dental hygienist

Dental hygienists assist dentists in the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of dental practices. Because of the growing population and the demand for dental services, the job prospects for hygienists are very good.


Dietitians assess patients’ dietary needs, plan menus, and instruct patients and their families about proper nutritional care.

They mostly work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centres, or physician’s offices. Dietitians’ typically work a standard schedule during the week, although some work weekends as well.


From academia to the government, positions for mathematicians are in high demand, but the competition is tough for key jobs. Many mathematicians work for the government, which can provide stable employment opportunities.

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help to develop individualised programmes of activity for mentally, physically, developmentally and emotionally impaired persons and to aid them in achieving self-reliance.


Many philosophers work in the academic realm, teaching at colleges and universities.

Teaching allows philosophers to enjoy flexible schedules, the opportunity to conduct research and an intellectually stimulating environment where they are surrounded by others who enjoy philosophy. Also, after philosophy professors achieve tenure, their jobs remain stable.

Software engineer

Software engineers research, design, develop and maintain software systems. They usually work in an office setting at a computer, but telecommuting options are becoming a more common perk. With the demand for web applications and the development of cloud computing, opportunities for software engineers are plentiful.

Speech pathologist

Speech pathologists treat hearing, speech, and language disabilities. They assist individuals with communication disorders through diagnostic techniques. Most of the speech pathologists work in schools or in hospitals.

The findings are not strictly scientific, but the information can be useful as a starting point. The scores reflect only a typical stress profile for any given occupation. CareerCast acknowledges that for any individual worker, stress can vary greatly depending on the working conditions, his or her boss and co-workers, mental outlook and a multitude of other factors that play a part in stress.