Slow-Paced Jobs

Today's world has a 'hurry up' mentality, which often leads to stress and anxiety, but there are some slow-paced careers that can provide a remedy for that. Learn about a handful of slow-paced jobs and their education requirements.

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Slow-Paced Career Options

Although many jobs in today's society must meet deadlines and be as productive as possible, there are some careers that offer a slower-paced environment than others. Below, we explore a few slow-paced career options across various fields.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Massage Therapists $39,860 22%
Mental Health Counselors $42,840 20%
Microbiologists $66,850 4%
Librarians $57,680 2%
Industrial Engineers $84,310 1%
Logging Workers $37,590 -4% (Decline)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Slow-Paced Jobs

Massage Therapists

Even though they usually work with a client in a particular block of time, massage therapists must take their time to carefully listen to the needs of their clients and massage their clients accordingly. As they massage, these therapists are easing pain and discomfort and improving circulation in the muscles and tissues of their clients. Massage therapists may also provide their clients with information about relaxation and improving their posture, and must document a client's progress. These therapists usually need a license or certification, and must complete a training program with at least 500 hours of study and experience.

Mental Health Counselors

Similar to massage therapists, mental health counselors work with clients in a determined block of time, but within counseling sessions these counselors must take their time to listen to their clients and help clients process their personal problems and situations. Mental health counselors may help clients cope with issues of depression, anxiety, grief and stress through individual, group, couple or family counseling sessions. They can also refer their clients to community resources and help clients develop skills to modify their behavior when dealing with issues. Mental health counselors need at least a master's degree and license to practice.


Microbiologists and some other scientists need to work at a slower pace to carefully perform complex and/or time-consuming research projects. Microbiologists specialize in studying microorganisms and how they interact with their environments. They identify microorganisms, like bacteria, parasites or fungi, in biological or environmental samples, monitor the effects of these organisms and present their findings in research papers and technical reports. Education requirements for these professionals range from a bachelor's degree to a Ph.D.


Librarians work in the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of a library to help people conduct various kinds of research. Working at a slower pace allows librarians to help patrons find information they need through books, videos, databases and more. Librarians also organize library materials, research equipment needed for the library, oversee the library budget and train staff and volunteers. Education requirements vary depending on the type of library they work in, but most librarians need at least a master's degree.

Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineers may work slowly and carefully to study production processes and figure out ways to eliminate waste. They look at factors, such as workers, machines and materials, to evaluate cost and see where they can maximize efficiency. Industrial engineers work closely with clients, management and staff to understand the needs and requirements of a product, as well as ensuring a product meets all quality standards. They need at least a bachelor's degree and experience is beneficial.

Logging Workers

A tree can only be cut down so quickly, and therefore, logging workers have a slower-paced job as they prepare, cut and transport tree logs. These workers usually work in teams that consist of several different positions, including tree climbers, fallers, log sorters, log graders and logging equipment operators. Each position has a unique role to fill as trees are cut, separated, graded and moved. Logging workers usually have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training.

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