Placing just below audiologists on CareerCast's least stressful occupation list were hair stylists. Perhaps the two laid-back trades could be merged in dealing with men of my certain age -- when an abundance of ear hair becomes problematical.
Other jobs making the Top Ten least stressful list included jewelers, tenured university professors, tailors, dietitians, medical records technicians, librarians and drill press operators.
Despite the stress level involved in my chosen profession -- chosen because it seemed to be the only position open to a political science major at the time -- I would not switch places with an audiologist for all the golden wax in the average hair stylist's auditory canal.
Getting a major scoop, winning prizes or getting a job on a major league paper at this stage of my career are getting to be dicey propositions.
For a person who doesn't have much of a life, it gives me great pleasure to spend much of it writing about yours!