Popular Low-stress Careers

If you’re in the market for a new career and are seeking something less stressful that still allows you to comfortably make ends meet, there are options. Many jobs offer low stress days with reasonable pay.

One of the most in-demand careers at the moment are Computer Software Engineers. These tech-savvy folks enjoy a relatively low-pressure career while earning a decent salary. Their focus is designing and testing different software programs; anything from operating systems and business applications to computer games…and many do it all from home. Depending on variables, of course, a computer software engineer can expect an annual income of $54,000 to $130,000.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, Civil Engineers are also in high demand. It’s expected that the demand for their expertise will increase by about 24% over the next ten years, making it an above-average occupation. Although they design and build the nation’s infrastructure, they generally do so within teams. As well, they have a few years to design and complete their projects before construction even begins, which alleviates a lot of personal pressure. They also earn a comfortable $50,000 to $115,000 a year.

If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, perhaps you should be considering physical therapy. Physical Therapists are well respected in the medical field, have flexible hours and are usually self-employed. It’s expected they will be in higher demand over the next few years as the Baby Boomers hit their golden years and encounter physical challenges. With an annual earning of $50,00 to $105,000, you can see there is rarely a dry spell in this field.

Technical writers are also a high-tech, new age group that are in constant demand. These individuals are paid an easy $47,000 to $98,000 a year to write about newly released gadgets, programs and toys. As companies release technical products, technical writers are required to review and transform the language into a simple consumer language. They may face tight deadlines, but technical writers usually enjoy flexible days and a quiet work environment with a 20-second commute to their computer. This is another job that sees most people working from home.

If something even more relaxed, and possibly even part-time is what you seek, how about a massage therapist? These are generally extremely low-pressure jobs that ensure self-employment and even working part-time. Due to many factors in this field, an annual salary can be whatever you like. On average, a massage therapist will charge around $30 an hour. If you chose to take on many clients, you could easily earn $45,000 or more a year.