Checkout 10 High-Paying Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress

With help from career-information expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., 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 on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website to find jobs with that perfect combination of high pay and low stress — and it turns out there are plenty.

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 10 jobs that pay more than $70,000 a year, on average, and earned a stress tolerance rating of 70 or lower, in order from highest to lowest stress score.

Optometrist

Optometrist

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Stress tolerance: 70

Average annual salary: $115,750

What they do: Perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s, four-year doctor of optometry program, and a state license.

Technical writers

Technical writers

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Stress tolerance: 69

Average annual salary: $73,350

What they do: Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree is typically required (experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, web design, or engineering, is important).

Computer hardware engineer

Computer hardware engineer

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Stress tolerance: 67

Average annual salary: $114,970

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.

Hydrologist

Hydrologist

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Stress tolerance: 66

Average annual salary: $83,440

What they do: Study how water moves across and through Earth’s crust. They can use their expertise to solve problems in the areas of water quality or availability.

Education requirements: Master’s degree.

Orthodontist

Orthodontist

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Stress tolerance: 67

Average annual salary: $221,390

What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental misalignments and oral cavity anomalies, design appliances to realign teeth and jaws.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, four-year dental school, and two to three years of residency training.

Applications software developer

Applications software developer

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Stress tolerance: 65

Average annual salary: $102,160

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.

Actuary

Actuary

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Stress tolerance: 64

Operations research analyst

Operations research analyst

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Stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $84,180

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.

Average annual salary: $110,560

What they do: Analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree and a series of exams to become certified.

Computer and information systems manager

Computer and information systems manager

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Stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $141,000

What they do: Help determine the information technology goals of an organization; responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Law teacher (postsecondary)

Law teacher (postsecondary)

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Stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $126,230

What they do: Teach courses in law.

Education requirements: Bachelor’s and law degrees.

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