University professors have a lot less stress than most of us. Unless they teach summer school, they are off between May and September and they enjoy long breaks during the school year, including a month over Christmas and New Year’s and another chunk of time in the spring. Even when school is in session they don’t spend too many hours in the classroom. For tenure-track professors, there is some pressure to publish books and articles, but deadlines are few. Working conditions tend to be cozy and civilized and there are minimal travel demands, except perhaps a non-mandatory conference or two. As for compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for professors is $62,000, not a huge amount of money but enough to live on, especially in a university town.Generally, I love my job, and the great flexibility that comes with it. And I do think it's less stressful than many other careers (at least, post-tenure, and in my mind even pre-tenure as well). So the topic sentence is one that is hard for me to argue with. But really, the description in the rest of the paragraph is so far from reality, it makes me giggle. And I imagine the stress levels are significantly higher for professors outside of CS and the Ivy League -- for example, I make significantly more than $62,000, but I think that the way the author blithely ignores that making "enough to live on" may indeed be stressful is just absurd.
Right now, of course, is actually a stressful time of the year, especially as I have to plan for next semester's class. Pre-enrollment numbers are at about 129, suggesting something like a 5-10% rise from last year. I don't have all my TAs in place, I have to revise the schedule/first few lectures to take into account changes in the courses before mine, and I have other administrative duties sucking up time before classes begin.
But yes, I'm well aware I'm under much less stress than my college roommate the cardiac surgeon.