Are you one of those people who, when the alarm clock rings on Monday morning, feels physically ill? When you walk in the door to your house in the evening, is your stomach still in knots? Maybe you have a perpetual headache, find you cannot sleep or feel as though your life is not your own and you have little or no control over what is happening? All of these can be symptoms of job-related stress, a constant pressure at work either from a job you do not like or a job you are not suited for. Taking the dog for a walk or seeing a professional may help, but sooner or later you will have to look seriously at your life and try to decide what to do about it.
Ignoring your health issues will not resolve the problems, and feeling that your life is careening out of control will cause you greater stress. The last thing you need is to have a complete breakdown, and that is where you could be headed without some significant changes. Remember, it is never too late to make a change.
If you know that you cannot handle the stress you are experiencing, and you don’t have the millions in the bank to will allow you to sit back and live a life of luxury in a stress-free environment, you will have to take a long, hard look at what you are doing and resolve to make a change.
To help you along the path, here are some jobs with low stress levels that still pay a living wage. You may have to return to college, but that will also break the stress cycle!
1. Chemical Engineering
This job requires a bachelor’s degree, but it is a rewarding and fascinating job that will lead to a great career. In a nutshell, chemical engineers take raw materials and turn them into useful products. Almost all the food and drinks we eat every day, the clothes we wear and the chemicals we use exist because of work done by chemical engineers. They undertake this research while considering the world’s resources, the health and safety standards and the environmental impact that each product has.
Jobs in this sector can be broken down into two areas: design, manufacture, and use of plant and machinery to produce products, or the development of new products and substances.
This is one of the few jobs that has no typical first job for graduates as they can be absorbed into almost any industry. The most common industries are water cleaning and reclamation, pharmaceuticals, food or petrochemicals. The average annual salary for this type of job is around US$103,000.