Audiologist Among the Least Stressful Jobs of 2017

audiology job least stressful
Brian Taylor
January 30, 2017

Amid technological and regulatory disruptions, stressors known to many of us, the profession of audiology, at least to those on the outside, remains one of the least stressful jobs in the US. According to CareerCast, audiology ranked fourth among a group of professions, sandwiched between Hair Stylist and University Professors, considered to be the least stressful jobs. This is the third time in five years that audiologists have been ranked near the top of this list.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer was ranked as the least stressful of the 200 careers rated by CareerCast. This is an indication that the relative importance of a job is not directly related to its apparent lack of stress, as this job plays an important role in healthcare, providing imagery for expectant mothers. used the following 11 criteria to compile its rankings of the least stressful jobs:

  • Travel
  • Career Growth Potential
  • Physical Demands
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Hazards Encountered
  • Meeting the Public
  • Competition
  • Risk of Death or Grievous Injury
  • Immediate Risk of Another’s Life
  • Deadlines
  • Working in the Public Eye


Interestingly, six of the top ten jobs are part of the healthcare sector of the economy. Beyond Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, which ranked #1, here is a run-down of the top 10 least stressful job:


  • Compliance Officer
  • Hair Stylist
  • Audiologist
  • University Professor
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Jeweler
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician


Audiology Career Outlook: High Growth, Low Stress


Audiologists were among the top paid within the Top 10 least stressful jobs, with a reported median annual income of just under $75,000. Among the Top 10, audiologists were pegged to have the second highest growth outlook, trailing only Operations Research Analyst. The combination of high growth levels and low stress levels would seem to bode well for the future of the profession of audiology. has compiles a list of the most stressful jobs. The Top 10 is comprised of the following:

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event Coordinator
  6. Newspaper Reporter
  7. Senior Corporate Executive
  8. Public Relations Executive
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. Broadcaster


The methodology CareerCast used to compile their list can be found here.


*title image courtesy verywell

  1. What’s the criteria? Hard to believe that audiologists are so stress-free when they are dealing with us, the stressed people with hearing loss!!

Leave a Reply