For those with anxiety, finding the right job can be tough. It is best to focus on roles that reduce exposure to triggers, which will help limit work anxiety while increasing the odds of finding a job that fits.
The careers recommended below will keep the individual interested, preoccupied and stimulated, and may serve as “good” stress in one’s career.
1. Land Surveyor
A great job for people who enjoy the outdoors, land surveyors mostly work in groups or pairs, calculating the amount of materials needed for building works and how much they will cost.
With a Bachelor’s degree or on-the-job training, this could be a great career path without major concerns.
Becoming a technician would be suited to someone with anxiety who is looking for a technical job.
The core responsibilities include looking after technical equipment or doing practical work in a laboratory.
At times, the work may extend to include building or configuring new hardware, installing and updating software packages and creating and maintaining computer networks.
Most of the time, vehicle mechanics tend to work alone or with a small group, repairing cars, trucks, SUVs or motorcycles.
It is a great career for anyone who would rather go the vocational school route and have a great time working with their hands.
4. Data entry specialist
A data entry specialist tabulates information from a single source and puts it into a computer database.
The work can be tedious, but it is quiet and very low stress on a daily work basis.
This is a perfect job for those with anxiety and one can get started with just a secondary school diploma.
Those looking for a job where customers do not want to hang around and watch one work should consider becoming a plumber.
People are not keen on seeing or smelling clogged pipes and sewage, so they are happy to outsource the job.
Working as part of a team is possible, which may suit those with anxiety who are okay once they get know their colleagues.
6. Computer programmer
Companies are always scrambling to get the tech talent they need. Computer programmers spend most of their time putting their analytical skills to the test while trying to create or manage codes to ensure a computer programme remains fully functional.
Most accountants spend a large part of their career working independently. They work on calculations, research transactions, reconcile records and manage other essential tasks that do not require assistance from their workmates.
Being a writer is considered one of the better options for people with work anxiety.
One can choose to work as a freelancer, assisting clients to write blog posts or online articles, or one can jump into the field of technical writing, creating formal documentation such as work manuals.
If one considers themselves a creative person, they could even look into writing novels.
9. Graphic designer
Graphic design can be a solid career option for people with anxiety. The job is mainly focused on creating illustrations, logos and similar design works that can usually be handled by a single individual with the project details.
Generally, a degree is required, but an individual with the skills and experience in using design software such as adobe and a good portfolio would be considered as a potential candidate.
Here are a few things to bear in mind for those with anxiety who are looking for new career prospects:
- A college degree is not always a requirement for an anxiety-friendly job. Look at technical and community colleges for interesting certificate programmes.
- Don’t refuse job opportunities just because they are not work-from-home.
- Search for flexible jobs, both in terms of workspace and deadlines.
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