29 jobs to avoid if you hate stress

But if you're the type of person who thrives under pressure, these jobs may be perfect 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 Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on jobs, we found the 29 professions you should avoid if you really don't like stress.

O*NET assigns a "stress tolerance" score (0-100) — which measures how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress on the job — for each of the almost 900 jobs in its database. A lower rating signals less stress; a higher rating signals more.

Here are jobs that earned a stress tolerance rating of 94 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. Urologists

Stress tolerance: 100

Average annual salary (2014): $189,760*

*Urologists are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Other Physicians and Surgeons."


2. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

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Stress tolerance: 99

Average annual salary (2014): $39,410


3. Anesthesiologist assistants

Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2014): $97,280*

*Anesthesiologist assistants are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Physician Assistants."


4. Nurse anesthetists

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Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2014): $158,900


5. Telephone operators

Stress tolerance: 98

Average annual salary (2014): $39,350


6. Acute care nurses

Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2014): $69,790*

*Acute care nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Registered Nurses."


7. Dancers

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Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2014): $43,020*

*This is the salary for "Dancers and Choreographers."


8. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Stress tolerance: 97

Average annual salary (2014): $214,750


9. Surgeons

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Stress tolerance: 96

Average annual salary (2014): $240,440


10. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $131,760


11. Broadcast-news analysts

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $84,380


12. Clinical care nurses

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $69,790*

*Clinical care nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Registered Nurses."


13. Healthcare social workers

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $53,590


14. Phlebotomists

Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $31,890


15. Police detectives

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Stress tolerance: 95

Average annual salary (2014): $80,540


16. Advanced practice psychiatric nurses

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $69,790*

*Advanced practice psychiatric nurses are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Registered Nurses."


17. Art therapists

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $59,190*

*Art therapists are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "All Other Therapists."


18. Chief executives

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Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $180,700


19. Costume attendants

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $50,270


20. Education administrators (preschool and childcare center/program)

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $52,190


21. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $84,260


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

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Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $29,410


23. General internist

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $190,530


24. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

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Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $43,420


25. Mental-health counselors

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $43,990


26. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $219,600


27. Patient representatives

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $28,820*

*Patient representatives are not listed on the BLS. This is the salary for "Healthcare Support Occupations."


28. Ship pilots

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Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $79,180


29. Probation officers and correctional-treatment specialists

Stress tolerance: 94

Average annual salary (2014): $53,360

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