Less Job Stress, Higher Paying Jobs

Think there’s no such thing as a high-paying, low-stress job?
Think again.
Career information expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., compared average salaries and stress levels of the 767 occupations identified by the U.S. Department of Labor to identify jobs with that perfect combination of high pay and low stress, and it turns out there are plenty.
The “stress tolerance” for each job is a rating on a scale from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress. It measures how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress on the job. The data was gathered from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Occupational Information Network.
Here are some jobs that pay more than $70,000 a year, on average, and earned a stress tolerance rating of 70 or lower, in order from lowest to highest stress score.
Materials Scientists
Stress tolerance: 53.0
Average annual salary (2014): $94,350
What they do: Research and study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other, use knowledge to develop new and improved products.
Education requirements: At least a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree or Ph.D. is needed for many research jobs.
Stress tolerance is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network, with lower scores indicating less stress on the job.
Stress tolerance: 57.2
Average annual salary (2014): $104,350
What they do: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields; solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s or master’s degree for those who want to work in government, and a doctorate may be required to work for private companies.
Stress tolerance: 58.0
Average annual salary (2014): $75,610
What they do: Study the nature and use of areas of Earth’s surface, conduct research on physical aspects of a region, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area.
Education requirements: Master’s degree for most positions, some entry-level jobs in the federal government only require a bachelor’s degree.
Stress tolerance: 58.7
Average annual salary (2014): $105,290
What they do: Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.
Stress tolerance: 59.0
Average annual salary (2014): $84,010
What they do: Use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields.
Education requirements: Typically need a graduate degree.
Agricultural Engineers
Stress tolerance: 60.8
Average annual salary (2014): $75,440
What they do: These professionals apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in agricultural engineering or biological engineering.
Stress tolerance is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network, with lower scores indicating less stress on the job.

*Salaries in US funds*


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