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Jobs for People with Anxiety & Depression

Discover five top careers for individuals suffering with anxiety and depression symptoms. Compare job descriptions, average salaries, and projected job growth for each position.

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Career Options for People with Anxiety & Depression

For those living with anxiety and depression, working in a career that is fast-paced and high stress can make symptoms even worse. Thankfully, there are specific career paths that are ideal for those with either condition. If you are looking for a career that will work best with your anxiety and depression symptoms, review these top picks.

Job Title Median Salary (2016) Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Graphic Designer $47,640 1%
Web Developer $66,130 27%
Writer $61,240 2%
Medical Technologist $61,070 14%
Dietitian and Nutritionist $58,920 16%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for People with Anxiety & Depression

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers are the creative minds behind the design of marketing deliverables (such as posters, booklets, and flyers), book covers and interiors, web page layouts, and much more. Most entry-level graphic design positions require a bachelor's degree. Many graphic designers can work remotely, allowing them to choose the work space that feels most comfortable. Additionally, this position provides a creative outlet for individuals to express themselves, which is excellent for people with depression and anxiety.

Web Developer

Those with a talent for building websites can use their abilities on a daily basis as a web developer. From start to finish, web developers create websites for clients from all kinds of industries. Due to the nature of this career, many companies allow web developers to work from their chosen location, which can help to ease anxiety symptoms. A minimum of an associate's degree is required, while more advanced positions require additional education.

Writer

Do you have a special way with words? Individuals are needed in nearly every industry to create written web content (e.g. blog posts, biography pages, social media posts), press releases, and marketing copy. Writing positions often require a bachelor's degree, while some positions have no minimum education requirements. Because all writing can be done from anywhere in the world, many writers have the flexibility to make their schedule and work remotely.

Medical Technologist

If science has always been your primary area of interest, being a medical technologist is a great career path to consider. One of the core duties of medical technologists is to analyze samples of various bodily fluids. The position requires a bachelor's degree, as well as possible additional certifications (depending on state requirements). While all careers can have peaks of high activity, the job environment of this career path is not often fast-paced, as most medical technologists work in laboratories, hospitals, and doctors' offices.

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Dietitians and nutritionists specialize in helping individuals live a healthy life with specialized dietary choices. Core job duties for these career paths are relatively low stress, making each position a great fit for those with depression and anxiety. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for both dietitians and nutritionists. Additional certifications and/or an advanced degree are required for certain positions.

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