In a recent CareerCast poll, 38% of respondents said deadlines were their primary cause of stress at work. While some may thrive on stress, others prefer a slower pace. For the career-minded individual seeking a great profession without regular, pressing deadlines, CareerCast’s Job Rated report identifies Conservationist, Dietician, Librarian and Massage Therapist as some of the winning options.
One of the criteria CareerCast’s Jobs Rated report examines is stress, which includes the frequency and urgency of deadlines.
“Some people thrive under tight deadlines. However, deadlines can also cause stress, which negatively affects certain personalities,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “Deadlines are not only a contributing factor to stress in the workplace, but they are a significant cause of it.”
Every career has expectations to which a task should be completed, but the demand of those expectations can vary dramatically. For example, some of the jobs that score among the highest for deadline stress in 2019 include Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster – positions in the media that require constant output of information on a daily, if not hourly basis.
And while it’s of a much different variety, those who work in the travel industry face routine, hard-deadlines. Ergo, both Airline Pilot and Air Traffic Controller score highest for deadline stress alongside Newspaper Reporter, Broadcaster, and a job that is front-and-center for its tight deadlines every April, Accountant.
Of the 52 careers that scored the lowest for deadlines in the 2019 Jobs Rated report on stress, numerous professions work directly with consumers, clients and patients. Among these jobs are some of the most important, and best overall rated by the Jobs Rated report, like Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist.
The “deadlines” of these professions focus on helping those they work with reach their goals. Seeing results through to the finish, regardless of the time invested, is ultimately more important than a set date of completion.
Growing demand for preventive and alternative forms of healthcare also make these non-deadline oriented jobs some of the most in-demand, as is the case for Physical Therapists and Dietitians.
Research-based professions make for another theme. Two critical positions in shaping the future, Biomedical Engineer and Conservationist, focus on long-term results over immediate and sometimes redundant deadlines.
To identify the best lower-deadline jobs, we turned to their overall rankings in the Jobs Rated report. The examination of the overall work landscape measures job quality through income, growth potential, environment and stress -- the last of which includes deadlines. For those jobs without frequent, looming deadlines, the following 10 also offer competitive pay, often high growth outlook, and welcoming environments.
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.
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