Why bother finding out which are the least stressful jobs in healthcare? Well, the medical industry is renowned for its high-stress environments. If you’re not the type that can handle consistently high levels of tension, but you still want a career in the field, this article was made for you!Surprisingly, a recent CareerCast list of the least stressful healthcare jobs in for 2015 listed many medical positions in the top 30 for low stress positions.
CareerCast ranked hospital jobs according to several stress factors—travel; salary; hours; growth potential; deadlines; public scrutiny; competitiveness; physical rigor; environment; risks to life and the lives of others.
Top 10 Least Stressful Healthcare Jobs:
10. Medical Technologist
Medical technologists perform lab analysis for diagnosis and treatment of disease and boast a stress level of 16/100 because, not only do they deal with potentially pathogenic blood samples, but they also have to operate complex equipment and remain savvy with technology and science.
Medical technologist jobs are high in demand, so they don’t have to worry about going without, which alleviates some of the anxieties.
Pharmacists fulfill medications and advise on the proper usage and dosage of drugs and have a relatively more stressful job. They’re lower on the list because they have a greater potential to cause harm to others by potentially making mistakes regarding medications and allergic reactions.
They have a stress level of 15/100, which is still pretty good. However, the job growth outlook for pharmacists isn’t as strong as other fields, and schooling costs add another variable into the overall stress equation.
Chiropractors treat patients with neuromusculoskeletal problems and develop rehabilitation strategies. Many chiropractors own their own practices, working in a comfortable, clean office with normal hours. They also possess a relatively low stress position (13/100), but the stresses of owning their own business and the fact that the job outlook and growth rate is low, brings them in at number 8 on the list.
Physical Therapists help improve mobility and alleviate pain of disabled persons. They have a stress rating of 14/100, but come in #7 on the list because of their tiring, trying jobs. Not only do they go through their own stresses, but they usually become involved in the emotional trials of their patients.
Also, they are on their feet all day and physically assist their patients. Their work environment is relatively good, however, and physical therapist job growth and salary potential are high, so it’s a field worth considering, especially if you like working with others and helping people.
Optometrists diagnose and treat visual disorders and prescribe glasses or contacts. They have a stress level of 17/100 because many of them own their own practices and have the stress of being a business owner and managing employees.
If not for those factors, they might come in higher on the low-stress list because of their placid and comfortable work environments, great yearly salary, and normal business hours. For those wanting to own their own business and work in the health industry, becoming an optometrist may be the right path for you.
Dietitians come in midway on our least stressful healthcare jobs rankings. They’re responsible for instructing patients about proper nutritional care and helping to develop meal plans and strategies to manage weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle. They have a stress rating of 10/100, but come in at #5 because of their relatively busy work life and interaction with clients.
Most say they have a pleasant and drama free environment, but they have to deal with emotional stresses tied with weight loss and people’s vulnerabilities–people being hangry. There is good job growth for dietitians because their position is increasingly in demand with today’s progressively health-conscious population. Additionally, running a practice as a dietitian can be highly rewarding if the career draws your interest.
Speech Language Pathologists provide treatment to those with hearing, speech, and language disabilities. They have a stress level of 12/100, but come in #4 on the list because their job can get trying at times and many work at schools and travel a lot for their jobs. Still, there is a strong sense of purpose and a love of helping others among SLPs. With an above average job growth outlook, they don’t have to worry about their jobs disappearing any time soon.
Occupational Therapists help various types of impaired persons develop skills to achieve self-reliance. Coming in at 13/100 on the stress scale, they have a lower stress job because most of them like their jobs and gain a sense of purpose and enjoy helping others gain a level of freedom most people take for granted. It also helps that the job market for an OT is pretty solid, so they don’t have to worry about not being able to find a job.
2. Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienists examine teeth and provide preventative care and education to patients. They have a relatively low stress job coming in at 12/100 on the stress scale, which is due in-part to their comfortable, quiet work environments and good potential for job growth. Dental Hygenists also enjoy a comfortable salary, making this one of the best choices if you’re looking for a relaxing position.
Audiologists diagnose and treat patients hearing and balance problems, and enjoy the lowest stress job in the healthcare industry. With a stress rating of 6.3 (out of 100), it is a very low stress job for any industry. Reasons for audiologists’ low stress quotient include the fact that they usually work in quiet environments, and have a great deal of control over their schedules. If you’re looking for one of the least stressful healthcare jobs, Audiologist is definitely the way to go.
While any job carries with it anxieties and baggage, these jobs have some of the best work environments, salaries, work loads, and job growth. It’s impossible to touch on all of the complexities and challenges that come with specific patients and job duties, so we listed the positions that are involve lower stress than others and that exist in a field where tension and demand can be high.
It’s also worth noting that most of the jobs on CareerCast’s least-stressful list were distinguished by high levels of anticipated growth because nothing reduces workplace stress levels quite like job security.
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