Think there’s no such thing as a high-paying, low-stress job?
Career information expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., compared average salaries and stress levels of the 767 occupations identified by the US Department of Labour 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 Bureau of Labour Statistics and Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
Here are 15 jobs that pay more than $US70,000 a year, on average, and earned a stress tolerance rating of 70 or lower, in order from lowest to highest stress score.
Vivian Giang contributed to an earlier version of this article.
Stress tolerance: 67.0
Average annual salary (2014): $US110,650
What they do: Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
Education requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited program.
Stress tolerance is measured by the US Bureau of Labour Statistics and Occupational Information Network, with lower scores indicating less stress on the job.