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Marriage/family therapist
Median pay: $44,400
% who say their job is stressful: 61%

Divorce can be tough on a family. Most are marked by tension, anger, stress and anxiety. Under the guidance of an underpaid, overworked therapist, some couples might find reason to reconcile before calling it splitsville. But sorting through the drama of other people's tumultuous lives every day can be frustrating -- or even downright dangerous.

After 35 years, one marriage and family therapist in New Jersey thought she had seen it all until recently: "A new couple I was seeing for the first time told me to shut up and let them fight!"

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Last updated October 29 2009: 4:28 PM ET
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How Payscale.com defined high stress and low pay jobs: Starting from a database of over 2000 jobs, Payscale used data from over 36,000 respondents who ranked their jobs for quality of life factors, and chose those requiring a bachelor's degree or higher where the national median pay is less than $65,000. The survey was conducted between Aug 10, 2009 and Oct. 1, 2009.
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