High Paying Jobs That Won't Stress You Out

Every job is stressful, and the stress level is dependent upon the job circumstances and the employee experience of handling the stress. Diana Warner, the director of the American Health Information Management Association, stated, “It is false to say that our job is not stressful.” Employees stress level rise when they face the work mental or physical challenges, and the employee’s perception of stress is the determinant of their stress level.  The stress reduction expert Karen Sothers stated, “The value or meaning that we assign to an event determines if we react to it as a threat or respond to it as an opportunity.” Dr. Laurence Shatkin collected data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network about the average salaries and stress levels of the occupations identified by the US Department of Labor to determine jobs with the perfect combination of high pay and low stress.  Using a rating scale of stress tolerance from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress, the least stressful jobs based on that scale were:

Materials Scientists (Stress tolerance: 53)

Material scientists research the reaction of substances at the atomic and molecular levels to develop new and improved products. The education requirements for the material scientists are master’s degree or Ph.D., and the average annual salary is $94,000.

Mathematicians (Stress tolerance: 57.3)

Mathematicians conduct research in the application of mathematical techniques in science and management. The education requirements for mathematicians are from Bachelor's to the doctorate depending on the job market, and the average annual salary is $104,000

Political Scientists (Stress tolerance: 60.8)

Political Scientists study the origin, development, and performance of political systems. The education requirement for Political Scientists is Ph.D. in political science, and the average annual salary is $104,000

Physicists (Stress tolerance: 61.3)

Physicists conduct research on physical phenomena; develop theories based on observation and experiments and the application of physical laws and theories. The education requirement for Physicists is Ph.D., and the average annual salary is $117,000

Astronomers (Stress tolerance: 62.0)

Astronomers observe, research, and analyze astronomical phenomena to increase knowledge or apply information to practical problems. The education requirement is Ph.D., and the average annual salary is $107,000

Geoscientists (Stress tolerance: 62.5)

Geoscientists study composition, structure, and physical aspects of the Earth. The education requirement is bachelor’s degree, and the average annual salary is $105,000

Law Teachers (Stress tolerance: 62.8)

Law teachers teach courses in law. The education requirements is Bachelor's degree, and the average annual salary is $126,000

Economists (Stress tolerance: 63.3)

Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services. The education requirements is Bachelor's degree, and the average annual salary is $105,000

Computer & Information Systems Managers (Stress tolerance: 64.3)

Computer and information systems managers determine the information technology goals of an organization and implement the appropriate computer systems to meet these aims. The education requirements is Bachelor's degree, and the average annual salary is $136,000

Applications Software Developers (Stress tolerance: 65.0)

The applications software developers Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software programs. The education requirement is Bachelor’s degree, and the average annual salary is $99,000

Orthodontists (Stress tolerance: 67.0)

Orthodontists diagnose and treat dental misalignments and oral cavity anomalies. The education requirements are Bachelor's degree, four-year dental school, and two years of residency training. The average annual salary is $201,000

Computer Hardware Engineers (Stress tolerance: 67.0)

Computer Hardware Engineers research, design, and develop computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, and scientific use. The education requirement is Bachelor's degree, and the average annual salary is $110,000