I worked for a lot of years as a restaurant manager. It was a very stressful job: Long hours, fast-paced, and a 24-hour responsibility. You never knew when you would get a call in the middle of the night and have to go in to the store.
Plus it was very frustrating to have all of the responsibility for everything that went on in the restaurant and really very little real authority to make changes.
A lot of times the above stresses will manifest themselves in self medication such as alcohol and drug use. I know one manager who even committed suicide.
There was one restaurant where my other two managers had stress-related health problems. One suffered a heart attack in the back room and the other one had a nervous breakdown. I was the only one left standing that summer and it was probably because I no longer cared. I was burned out.
We all know that there are plenty of other stressful occupations like being a soldier, fireman, or police officer. But what do you think are the jobs with the least amount of stress?
According to CNN, the top job with the least stress is being a biomedical engineer. “One would think developing products to detect cancer might make for a stressful environment, but many biomedical engineers embrace the fact that the tools they’re creating could save a life.”
The engineers also have a lot of down time in the laboratory waiting for those cultures to grow and the enzymes to react with other chemicals.
Second on the list are transportation engineers. These engineers get to do what a lot of other engineer types don’t get to do: interact with the people who use what they develop. Plus there seems to always be an overabundance of help so that’s what makes this a very low-stress position.
Third from the top is statistician. You would think that this job would be very boring, but if you have a love of numbers and like working to solve complex problems alone and in groups then this is the job for you. You also get a nice fat paycheck and a whole lot of job security along with this position.
Next on the list is web developer. While this job may have some long hours, most web developers set their own schedules. And there is usually a great amount of satisfaction when a job is finished, as well as a lot of perks that come with the job.
And finally, comes a profession that you may not think would be on the list: optometrist. An optometrist gets to choose whether to open his own practice or work for a big department store or chain. And he gets the satisfaction of knowing that he has helped people with their vision problems.