The Highest Paying Jobs With the Least Amount of Stress

Think a high paying job always comes with a level of stress even higher, like an investment banker of trauma surgeon? Well think again.

There is actually a plethora of jobs that allow you to make well over six figures, while allowing you to keep your cortisone levels and blood pressure at perfectly healthy amounts.

A recent Business Insider article detailed 17 jobs with a perfect combination of compensation and stress levels. Stress levels were measured on a scale of 0-100 and by severity of deadlines, amount of criticism necessary to the position and overall tension of atmosphere in each profession. Take a look and see if any of these careers might be right for you!

Orthodontists

Stress level: 67

Average pay: $196,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree, four years of dental school and one to two years of residency training. On the job responsibilities include treating patients’ dental issues such as cavities and misalignment of teeth.

Marine Engineers & Naval Architects

Stress level: 67

Average pay: $95,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and some practical relevant experience is highly desired. On the job responsibilities include designing, building and maintaining ships, submarines and sailboats.

Computer Hardware Engineers

Stress level: 67

Average pay: $107,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. On the job responsibilities include researching, designing, developing and testing computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military or scientific use.

Food Scientists

Stress level: 57.8

Average pay: $65,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree is also highly desired. On the job responsibilities include ensuring that agricultural organizations are productive and that food is safe for consumption.

Astronomers

Stress level: 62

Average pay: $110,000

You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree, but most in the industry have a master’s and PhD. On the job responsibilities include observing, researching and interpreting astronomical phenomena to help apply to the creation of practical solutions for problems.

Economists

Stress level: 63

Average pay: $101,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree. On the job responsibilities include studying the production and distribution of resources, goods and services.

Political Scientists

Stress level: 61

Average pay: $101,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in political science, public administration or a related field. On the job responsibilities include studying the origin, development and analysis of the structure and operation of political systems and trends.

Mathematicians

Stress level: 57

Average pay: $103,000

You’ll need at least a bachelor’s to get into this field, but will need a master’s to work in government or a PhD to work for some of the private companies. On the job responsibilities include conducting research in mathematics and applying results to science, management and other fields.

Law Teachers

Stress level: 63

Average pay: $123,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s and law degree. On the job responsibilities include teaching students the fundamentals and intricacies of the legal industry.

Actuaries

Stress level: 64

Average pay: $108,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and to pass a series of exams in order to become certified. On the job responsibilities include analyzing the financial costs of risk and uncertainty.

Physicists

Stress level: 61

Average pay: $117,000

You’ll need a PhD for most jobs in this industry. On the job responsibilities include conducting research into physical phenomena, developing theories from this research and creating methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Optometrists

Stress level: 70

Average pay: $112,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree, a four-year doctor of optometry program and a state license.  On the job responsibilities include performing eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases and prescribing eye glasses and contacts when needed.

Computer & Information Systems Managers

Stress level: 64

Average pay: $133,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree for this industry. On the job responsibilities include helping determine and implement the information technology systems of an organization.

Art Directors

Stress level: 69

Average pay: $97,000

You’ll need either a bachelor’s degree or previous relevant and equivalent experience. On the job responsibilities include creating the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, advertisements, movies and television programs.

Statisticians

Stress level: 64

Average pay: $86,000

You’ll typically need a graduate degree for this field. On the job responsibilities include using statistical methods to collect and analyze data to help solve real world problems in business, engineering, the sciences and other fields.

Geoscientists

Stress level: 62.5

Average pay: $108,000

You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree and many states require a license as well. On the job responsibilities include studying the composition, structure and other physical aspects of Earth.

Applications Software Developers

Stress level: 65

Average pay: $96,000

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and strong computer programming skills. On the job responsibilities include developing, creating and modifying general computer applications software and programs.

Are you or someone you know involved in any of these fields?