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27 Jobs to Avoid If You Hate Stress

Do the most banal tasks keep you awake at night? Do high-pressure situations make your brain shut down? Does stress actually make you physically sick? If the answer is yes, then these jobs — compiled in a list by Business Insider — are positively not for you.

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 BLS and O*NET OnLine, career information expert Laurence Shatkin, PhD, helped Business Insider rank the 767 occupations identified by the US Department of Labor by "stress tolerance."

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The "stress tolerance" for each job is a rating on a scale from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress. It measures how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress on the job.

Here are 27 jobs that earned a stress tolerance rating of 93 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:

  1. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

    Stress tolerance: 98.5

    Average annual salary (2014): $39,410

  2. Nurse anesthetists

    Stress tolerance: 98.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $158,900

  3. Telephone operators

    Stress tolerance: 98.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $39,350

  4. Dancers

    Stress tolerance: 97.0

    Average annual salary (2014): N/A

  5. Obstetricians and gynecologists

    Stress tolerance: 96.5

    Average annual salary (2014): $214,750

  6. Surgeons

    Stress tolerance: 96.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $240,440

  7. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

    Stress tolerance: 95.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $131,760

  8. Healthcare social workers

    Stress tolerance: 95.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $53,590

  9. Phlebotomists

    Stress tolerance: 95.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $31,890

  10. Broadcast news analysts

    Stress tolerance: 94.7

    Average annual salary (2014): $84,380

  11. Education administrators, preschool and childcare center/program

    Stress tolerance: 94.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $52,190

  12. Mental health counselors

    Stress tolerance: 94.2

    Average annual salary (2014): $43,990

  13. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

    Stress tolerance: 94.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $84,260

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

    Stress tolerance: 94.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $29,410

  15. General internist

    Stress tolerance: 94.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $190,530

  16. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

    Stress tolerance: 94.0

    Average annual salary (2014): $53,360

  17. Chief executives

    Stress tolerance: 93.8

    Average annual salary (2014): $180,700

  18. Costume attendants

    Stress tolerance: 93.5

    Average annual salary (2014): $50,270

  19. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

    Stress tolerance: 93.5

    Average annual salary (2014): $43,420

  20. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

    Stress tolerance: 93.5

    Average annual salary (2014): $219,600

  21. Child, family, and school social workers

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $46,180

  22. Correspondence clerks

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $36,240

  23. Funeral service managers

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $81,080

  24. Nurse midwives

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $97,700

  25. Psychiatric aides

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $28,430

  26. Respiratory therapists

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $58,490

  27. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

    Stress tolerance: 93.3

    Average annual salary (2014): $33,400

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