11 Of The Best Jobs for People With Anxiety
Did you struggle to get out of bed this morning?
Did a feeling of unease follow you throughout your day?
Is the thought of going back to the office and doing it all again making you feel a sense of panic?
More than 300 million people live in the United States, and 40 million of them suffer from anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. That’s a whopping 18.1% of the U.S. population, or nearly one out of every five people.
So if you carry the weight of anxiety with you every day, you're not alone — far from it, in fact.
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’re 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 won’t 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.
Here are 11 of the best job for people with anxiety:
1. Medical Technician
The field of medical technology is growing — you should expect to see more than 40,000 new jobs in this area through 2026, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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’ll enjoy the added benefit of making a positive difference in the lives of patients.
What’s 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’re 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.
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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 shouldn’t 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’s because the majority of your daily tasks can be performed from behind a computer screen and mostly independently.
Although you’ll likely chat with coworkers or clients via email and occasionally by phone, it’s 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’re 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 — think $100k or more — once they start to ascend the corporate ladder, you won’t 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’ll be able to channel your anxieties into something active and work mostly independently.
If you’d rather drive large vehicles than work on them, opt to become a commercial truck driver instead — you could make up to $65K. An added bonus of driving a commercial vehicle is you get to see the country one highway at a time, and you’re still usually home for the weekend.
7. Pharmacy Technician
Although most people consider anxiety an affliction, even this issue boasts a silver lining. Individuals with anxiety tend to fixate on details, which is actually a great quality to have in a pharmacy technician.
Whereas the pharmacist handles most of the interactions with patients and prescribing doctors, the pharmacy tech works behind the scenes to make sure each and every medication that comes from their counter has been carefully measured and doled out.
Your keen eye for detail will certainly come in handy when you begin to package up the appropriate amounts of medication, label them carefully and file away important patient information.
As the sidekick to the pharmacist, you’ll also probably get to mix up your daily routine while you help out with other tasks. This can keep your work life fresh without adding extra anxiety since, regardless of your exact tasks, they’ll all unfold behind the scenes.
8. Personal Trainer
In 2016, there were fewer than 300,000 personal trainers working the in the United States, estimates the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2026, that number could jump by nearly 30,000 thanks to an ever-growing public interest in healthier living.
Jump into this career field now, and you could be one of the thousands of new fitness professionals helping to make New Year’s resolutions a reality.
Yes, personal training does require some socializing, but most of it happens one on one. That means you’ll have the time and space to build a rapport with each client.
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You won’t be in the spotlight. Plus, staying physically fit and active is a surefire way to lessen your anxiety:
By working in the gym, you’ll have no excuse to skip a workout and lots of motivation to lead by example.
You’ll inspire your clients every time you join them at a yoga class or run a few miles by their sides.
9. Landscaper or Gardener
Since physical activity often helps to squash feelings of panic, it makes sense that working as a landscaper or gardener would naturally alleviate anxiety.
Getting out of your home or the stuffy office and into nature also helps many people to unwind. What better way is there to ensure that you spend some time outdoors each day than pursuing a career that absolutely requires it?
Think about the positive effects designing and creating gardens with your own two hands could have on your anxiety. If you want to experience the calming effects of hanging out with plants, but you can’t really cope with the fluctuations in weather or the physical exertion of landscaping, perhaps you’d make a good florist.
You’ll still get to work with blooms, but the level of athleticism necessary is much lower for a floral artist.
Two or three decades ago, no one could’ve known that entirely new careers would arise with the advent of home computers and the internet — careers that didn’t even require employees to travel to a central office.
But on the flipside, some jobs never go out of style. You’re usually safe with anything in the trades, in terms of job security, and many of these opportunities also require very little intellectual or social stress:
Are you fascinated by the way the lights and electronics in your home suck up and give off energy? Learn all about the ins and outs of electricity when you pursue a lucrative career as an electrician.
Do you find your friends tend to call you when they have a leaky faucet or need their showerhead replaced? Then it sounds like you’re already on track to becoming a plumber.
Are you skilled with a hammer and a saw? Carpentry could be just the ticket.
Consider one of these hands-on, low-stress jobs if you want to work in a field where you’re performing important duties daily with little expected of you socially.
11. Writer or Graphic Designer
Many people who end up in the liberal arts have the option of working remotely, which means the majority of your interactions happen online.
If you’re a self-starter who boasts above-average organizational skills, this could be the path to pursue for you.
Weigh the pros and cons of becoming a copywriter for an internet-based marketing company or another entirely online venture. You can dip a toe in the waters by freelancing first, and then pursue higher education in English or communications if you find your niche.
For those who excel in the visual arts, a career as a graphic designer might be the best fit. Again, the majority of your daily job duties will happen from behind a computer screen and, similar to writing, you can often find freelance opportunities as a graphic designer.
So if you want to let your creative juices flow on a daily basis and make a decent wage at the same time, perhaps you should direct your aspirations toward the goal of graphic design.
Pick a Career That Plays to Your Strengths
Now that you’ve had the chance to read up on the many career opportunities that cater perfectly to people with anxiety, the hope is any fears you have surrounding the workplace will disappear. Although you can't exactly slow down the hectic pace of the modern world, you can choose how you position yourself within in it.
By opting for one of these lower-stress jobs over something that involves a consistently high amount of pressure, you can still challenge your mind and body without pushing yourself too far outside of your comfort zone.
So the next time you set out to perform a job search, keep these options in mind — and remember that you’re one of 40 million people in the U.S. fighting the same daily battle against anxiety.