Those who suffer from anxiety know even menial daily tasks can feel like insurmountable hurdles. Sometimes, just getting up and going to work each day feels like a great victory.
If you are wracked with constant nerves, high-stress jobs should be out of the question, particularly those that involve large amounts of direct customer service. For instance, working as a server at a restaurant or a police officer in the city probably would not do much to assuage your nerves. But when you pick a career that caters to your needs, you might find dread of heading to the office starts to melt away or maybe dissipates entirely. Consider one of these low-stress, well-paying jobs to provide purpose without triggering panic.
1. Medical Technician
The field of medical technology is growing — you should expect to see more than 40,000 new jobs in this area. With such a promising outlook, a career as a clinical technician could be the perfect fit for those with anxiety. Although jobs such as radiology technician and ultrasound technician do require you speak directly with patients, the focus is really on the equipment that helps to diagnose and treat these individuals. That means that you can focus on the technology in front of you, as opposed to any uncomfortable aspects of social interactions. Plus, you will enjoy the added benefit of making a positive difference in the lives of patients. What is more, clinical technicians can make in the high five figures, depending on the specific field.
Sometimes anxiety stems from the fear everyone is looking at you. When you work as a makeup artist, a hairstylist or an aesthetician, you essentially flip the script. Your entire goal is to make sure all of the attention flows directly toward your subject. At the same time, you can enjoy some of the glory since it was your hand that crafted a beautiful hairstyle or painted a picture-perfect face. An added bonus of pursuing a career in this category is that it gives you an outlet for your creative urges. Since all forms of art can help lessen anxiety, the process of putting together a hairstyle or designing a makeup palette that suits a specific skin type might assuage any panic that naturally bubbles up in the workplace.
3. Outpatient or Long-Term Care Dietitian
If you love to cook or you are frequently reading up on the latest superfoods, you might consider a career in nutrition. A wide variety of companies employ dietitians in all different capacities, from the hospital to the grocery store. So although you may want to steer clear of the hectic pace of the hospital, serving as a dietitian in an outpatient capacity might be a great fit for your skills, passions and abilities. After obtaining the necessary education to become a registered dietitian, look for jobs in a private outpatient center, like a doctor’s office, or perhaps explore opportunities in a long-term care facility for older individuals or people with disabilities. These lower-stress positions are the third- and second-most prevalent job opportunities in the industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so you should not have trouble finding a job that caters to your strengths and challenges you, but not so much that you dread going to work every day.
4. Technology Expert
Whether you design websites or distribute and implement software, a job that lands somewhere in the field of computers and technology is typically a great fit for anyone who suffers from anxiety. That is because the majority of your daily tasks can be performed from behind a computer screen and mostly independently. Although you will likely chat with coworkers or clients via email and occasionally by phone, it is rare you have to do much face-to-face interaction beyond a quick gab session at the water cooler. In addition, when you foray into the field of technology, you might see a salary increase. It takes a sharp and analytical brain to conquer these jobs, so programmers, engineers and developers often make more than six figures after putting in some time in the industry. The competitive salaries make jobs in tech well worth exploring, especially if you are naturally skilled with computers.
Do you have a knack for numbers and a keen ability to pay attention to detail? Then a job in finance or business is right up your alley. When you work in accounting, medical billing or coding, or a similar field, your brain stays busy. However, you can do most of your work independently, therefore avoiding the anxiety that comes with collaborating with others in the workplace. Since folks in these industries also tend to bring in the big bucks, once they start to ascend the corporate ladder, you would not have to worry about finances.
6. Mechanic or Driver
For some people who constantly struggle to stay on an even keel, a physical type of work calms the body and mind better than work that stimulates the brain. If you fall into this category, skip the office-oriented careers and go for something where you can use your hands, like an automotive mechanic. With fewer and fewer people opting to go into hands-on trades like this, mechanics are in high demand, and not just in the automotive industry. If you want to combine the efforts of both your brain and body, consider going into a more challenging field of aircraft mechanics. Either way, you will be able to channel your anxieties into something active and work mostly independently. If you had rather drive large vehicles than work on them, opt to become a commercial truck driver instead you could make more money. An added bonus of driving a commercial vehicle is you get to see the country one highway at a time, and you are still usually home for the weekend.