43 high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress

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Think there’s no such thing as a high-paying, lower-stress job?
Think again. It turns out there are plenty.

To find jobs with that perfect combination of high pay and less
stress, we combed through the Occupational
Information Network (O*NET)
, a US Department of Labor database
that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs and looked
at salary data from the US Bureau of
Labor Statistics website
. Average annual salaries are pulled
from May 2018 data.

O*NET rates the “stress
tolerance
” for each job on a scale from zero to 100, where a
lower rating signals less stress. (Note: We are not saying these
jobs are “stress-free” — they just tend to rate lower than other
professions.)

To rate each job, O*NET looks at how frequently workers must
accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress at work.

Here are 43 jobs that pay more than $60,000 a year, on average,
and earned a stress tolerance rating of 65 or lower, in order from
highest to lowest stress score.

Vivian Giang and Jacquelyn Smith contributed to an earlier
version of this article.

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Online merchant

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
$76,960

What they do: Conduct retail activities of
businesses operating exclusively online. May perform duties such as
preparing business strategies, buying merchandise, managing
inventory, implementing marketing activities, fulfilling and
shipping online orders, and balancing financial records.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector (except
aviation)

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
$75,330

What they do: Inspect and monitor
transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure compliance
with regulations and safety standards.

Education requirements: High school
diploma.

Postsecondary area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
$85,450

What they do: Teach courses pertaining to the
culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other
group, such as Latin American studies, women’s studies, or urban
affairs. 

Education requirements: A doctoral degree with
post-doctoral training.

Document management specialist

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
:
$93,350

What they do: Implement and administer
enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures
that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and
destroy electronic records and documents.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree,
though some only require an associate’s degree or a post-secondary
certificate.

Photonics engineer

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
$99,410

What they do: Design technologies specializing
in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics
technology.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree,
though some positions require a master’s or doctoral degree.

Geospatial information scientist and technologist

Stress
tolerance
:
65

Average
annual salary
$93,350

What they do: Research or develop geospatial
technologies. Produce databases, perform applications programming,
or coordinate projects. 

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, and
some require a master’s degree.

Nanotechnology engineering technician

Stress
tolerance
:
64

Average
annual salary
$65,720

What they do: Operate commercial-scale
production equipment to produce, test, or modify materials,
devices, or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition.

Education requirements: Associate’s or
bachelor’s degree.

Industrial ecologist

Stress
tolerance
:
64

Average
annual salary
$77,580

What they do: Apply principles and processes
of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial
systems. Use knowledge from the physical and social sciences to
maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and
use of goods and services. 

Education requirements: At least a master’s
degree, though some require a doctoral degree or only a
bachelor’s.

Epidemiologist

Stress
tolerance
:
64

Average
annual salary
$75,690

What they do: Investigate and describe the
determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health
outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

Education requirements: At least a master’s
degree, though some require a doctoral degree or only a
bachelor’s.

Brownfield redevelopment specialist and site manager

Stress
tolerance
:
64

Average
annual salary
$115,590

What they do: Plan and direct cleanup and
redevelopment of contaminated properties for reuse. Does not
include properties sufficiently contaminated to qualify as
Superfund sites.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Biomedical engineer

Stress
tolerance
:
 63

Average
annual salary
:
$95,090

What they do: Analyze and design solutions to
problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the
quality and effectiveness of patient care.

Education requirements: Typically need a
bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited
program. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s in a different
field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in
biomedical engineering or complete on-the-job training in
biomedical engineering.

Postsecondary law teacher

Stress
tolerance
:
 63

Average
annual salary
:
$130,710

What they do: Teach courses in law.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s and law
degrees.

Geoscientist (except hydrologists and geographers)

Stress
tolerance
:
 63

Average
annual salary
:
 $107,800

What they do: Study the composition,
structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. 

Education requirements: At least a bachelor’s
degree, and in several states geoscientists may need a license.

Molecular and cellular biologist

Stress
tolerance
:
62

Average annual salary: $83,600

What they do: Research and study cellular
molecules and organelles to understand cell function and
organization.

Education requirements: Doctoral degree, though
some employers accept just a bachelor’s degree.

Postsecondary economics teacher

Stress
tolerance
:
62

Average
annual salary
:
$98,350

What they do: Teach courses in economics.
Includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a
combination of teaching and research.

Education requirements: Typically need a Ph.D.
to teach at the college level, but a master’s degree may be
enough.

Astronomer

Stress
tolerance
:
 62

Average
annual salary
:
$111,090

What they do: Observe, research, and analyze
astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such
information to practical problems.

Education requirements: Ph.D. for most
research jobs.

Operations research analyst

Stress
tolerance
:
 61

Average
annual salary
:
$88,350

What they do: Use advanced mathematical and
analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex
issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

Education requirements: Many entry-level
positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree, but
some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree or
Ph.D.

Human factors engineer and ergonomist

Stress
tolerance
:
 61

Average annual salary: $91,630

What they do: Design objects, facilities, and
environments to optimize human well-being and overall system
performance. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human
behavior and performance as it relates to the use of
technology.

Education requirements: Master’s degree.

Materials engineer

Stress
tolerance
:
 61

Average
annual salary
:
 $96,930

What they do: Evaluate and develop
materials, machinery, and processes to manufacture materials for
use in products that must meet specialized design and performance
specifications.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree in
materials science or engineering, or a related field.

Solar energy systems engineer

Stress
tolerance
:
 61

Average
annual salary
$99,410

What they do: Perform site-specific
engineering analysis of energy efficiency and solar projects.
Design solar hot water and space heating systems for new and
existing structures.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Applications software developer

Stress
tolerance
61

Average
annual salary
:
$108,080

What they do: Develop, create, and modify
general computer applications software or specialized utility
programs.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree and
strong computer programming skills.

Chemical engineer

Stress
tolerance
:
61

Average
annual salary
:
$114,470

What they do: Design chemical plant equipment
and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products like
gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper,
and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry,
physics, and engineering.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Political scientist

Stress
tolerance
:
 61

Average
annual salary
:
 $115,110

What they do: Study the origin, development,
and operation of political systems.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree,
followed by master’s or Ph.D. in political science, public
administration, or a related field.

Physicist

Stress
tolerance
:
61

Average
annual salary
:
$125,280

What they do: Conduct research into physical
phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and
experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and
theories.

Education requirements: Ph.D. for most research
jobs.

Transportation equipment electrical and electronics installer and
repairer

Stress
tolerance
:
60

Average
annual salary
:
$61,460

What they do: Install, adjust, or maintain
mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar,
security, navigation, and surveillance systems on transportation
equipment.

Education requirements: High school diploma
with post-secondary certificate.

Sustainability specialist

Stress
tolerance
:
 60

Average annual salary: $76,960

What they do: Address organizational
sustainability issues, such as waste stream management, green
building practices, and green procurement plans.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Geodetic surveyor

Stress
tolerance
:
 60

Average
annual salary
:
 $66,440

What they do: Measure large areas of the
Earth’s surface using satellite observations, global navigation
satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or
related sources.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Farm and ranch manager

Stress
tolerance
:
 59

Average
annual salary
:
$79,940

What they do: Plan, direct, or coordinate the
management or operation of agricultural establishments. 

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Geographer

Stress
tolerance
59

Average
annual salary
:
$80,530

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
require only a bachelor’s.

Statistician

Stress
tolerance
:
59

Average
annual salary
:
$92,600

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.

Geographic information systems technician

Stress
tolerance
:
59

Average
annual salary
:
$93,350

What they do: Assist scientists, technologists,
or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or
using geographic information systems (GIS) databases.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

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43 high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress