CareerCast Ranks Audiology as One of the Least Stressful Jobs

CareerCast Ranks Audiology as One of the Least Stressful Jobs

February 06, 2017 In the News

A new survey posted by CareerCast again ranks audiology as one of the “least stressful” jobs for 2017.  This year, audiology slotted fourth among the 200 occupations reviewed, making it the third time in five years that the profession has ranked near the top of the list.

Six of the ten “least stressful” careers were in health care, indicating that the relative importance of a discipline is not directly related to its lack of stress.

Ten “least stressful” jobs, as ranked by CareerCast.

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  2. Compliance Officer
  3. Hair Stylist
  4. Audiologist
  5. University Professor
  6. Medical Records Technician
  7. Jeweler
  8. Operations Research Analyst
  9. Pharmacy Technician
  10. Medical Lab Technician

The criteria used to compile the ranking were on the basis of the demands and point ranges across 11 categories, as follows:

  1. Travel, amount of  (0-10)
  2. Growth Potential (income divided by 100)
  3. Physical Demands (stoop, climb, etc.) (0-14)
  4. Conditions, Environmental (0-13)
  5. Hazards Encountered (0-5)
  6. Meeting the Public (0-8)
  7. Competitiveness (0-15)
  8. Death (Own life at risk) (0-8)
  9. Life of Another at Risk (0-10)
  10. Deadlines (0-9)
  11. Working in the Public Eye (0-5)

When computing a score for each occupation, points were added together for all 11 categories. Based on this scoring system, the jobs with the highest stress for 2017 are as follows:

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event Coordinator
  6. Newspaper Reporter
  7. Senior Corporate Executive
  8. Public Relations Executive
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. Broadcaster

Despite the potential disruption (and resulting stress) to the profession due to technology, demographics, and legislation, the reality is that many audiologists work in facilities where they do not routinely face physical or environmental hazards, and often encounter the rewards of making a positive impact on people who suffer from hearing or balance disorders. In the past, there has often been a defensive outcry from our midst regarding the ranking on this list, when the bottom line is that we ARE immune from the daily threats faced by some members of the “most stressful” careers list. Relax, audiologists, and revel in the fact that we have chosen a profession that (for the most part) keeps us safe AND makes a difference in the world by raising awareness for the importance of hearing and balance. Congratulations on your career choice—the combination of the projected growth outlook by CareerCast (29 percent) and low-stress levels should bode well for our collective future.  Now, about those student loans, however……

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