29 jobs to avoid if you hate feeling stressed

caption
Stay out of the operating room if you don’t work well under pressure.
source
Getty Images/John Moore

Do you crack under pressure? Crumble when you’re stressed? If so, you’d be better off pursuing a career in science or education than you would in healthcare or law enforcement.

Using data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on jobs, we found the 29 professions you should avoid if you really don’t like stress.

O*NET assigns a “stress tolerance” score (0-100) – which measures how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress on the job – for each of the almost 900 jobs in its database. A lower rating signals less stress; a higher rating signals more.

Here are jobs that earned a stress tolerance rating of 94 or higher. If you’re the type of person who thrives under pressure or can stay cool, calm, and collected in high-stress situations, these jobs may be perfect for you. If you’re the crack-or-crumble type, you may want to avoid them:


source
Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

29. Probation officers and correctional-treatment specialists

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2015):$54,080


source
Jonathan James/flickr

28. Ship pilots

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $83,150


source
dreamingofariz/flickr

27. Patient representatives

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $36,920*

*Patient representatives are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Healthcare Support Workers, All Other.”


source
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

26. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $233,900


source
ALEXANDER KLEIN / Stringer / Getty Images

25. Mental-health counselors

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2015): $45,080


source
Thomson Reuters

24. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $44,030


source
Getty Images

23. General internist

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2015): $196,520


source
Orin Zebest/flickr

22. Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2015): $30,320


source
Daniel Goodman / Business Insider

21. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $85,810


source
Seattle Parks/flickr

20. Education administrators (preschool and childcare center/program)

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $52,760


source
SarahSierszyn/flickr

19. Costume attendants

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $52,870


source
Sebastiaan ter Burg/flickr

18. Chief executives

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $185,850


source
US Department of Education/flickr

17. Art therapists

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2015): $59,210*

*Art therapists are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “All Other Therapists.”


source
Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications /flickr

16. Advanced practice psychiatric nurses

Stress tolerance:94

Average annual salary (2014): $71,000*

*Advanced practice psychiatric nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Registered Nurses.”


source
Elvert Barnes/flickr

15. Police detectives

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $79,620


source
Neeta Lind/Flickr

14. Phlebotomists

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2015): $32,770


source
Army Medicine/flickr

13. Healthcare social workers

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2015): $54,020


source
Joe Raedle / Getty

12. Critical care nurses

Stress tolerance:95

Average annual salary (2015): $71,000*

*Clinical care nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Registered Nurses.”


source
Funny or Die

11. Broadcast-news analysts

Stress tolerance:95

Average annual salary (2014): $89,240


source
liz west/flickr

10. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2015): $136,400


source
REUTERS/Pascal Lauener

9. Surgeons

Stress tolerance: 96

Average annual salary (2015): $247,520


source
Daniel Lobo/flickr

8. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2015): $222,400


source
zaimoku_woodpile/Flickr

7. Dancers

Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2015):$42,410*

*This is the salary for “Dancers and Choreographers.”


source
Flickr / COD Newsroom

6. Acute care nurses

Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2015): $71,000*

*Acute care nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Registered Nurses.”


source
highwaysengland/flickr

5. Telephone operators

Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2015): $40,820


source
Getty Images/Carsten Koall

4. Nurse anesthetists

Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2015): $160,250


source
isafmedia/flickr

3. Anesthesiologist assistants

Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2015): $99,270*

*Anesthesiologist assistants are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Physician Assistants.”


source
Rick Wilking/Reuters

2. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

Stress tolerance: 99

Average annual salary (2015): $40,000


source
Francisco Osorio/Flickr

1. Urologists

Stress tolerance: 100

Average annual salary (2015): $197,700*

*Urologists are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for “Other Physicians and Surgeons.”