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22 lower stress jobs that pay more than £50,000 a year

·4-min read
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While many of us aim to thrive in our careers, we want to be able to do that without being stressed and overworked, with time and headspace to enjoy a happy work/life balance. It's not the easiest balance to strike, but if earning big bucks without lots of worry is your aim (and we think we can all agree, that sounds pretty great) there are jobs out there that pay well without the stress. If you're looking to make a work move, these could well be the best careers to retrain for.

According to this list put together by Business Insider, fun jobs that pay well really do exist. The publication utilised the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a database put together by the US Department of Labor, to discover jobs that aren't particularly anxiety-inducing, but pay very well.

The O*NET database rates the "stress tolerance" for various professions (100 being a job with a maximum stress level), with the following jobs having a 70 or lower rating while paying an average salary of £55,000 or higher.

Count us in.

Side note: this was based on American statistics, so while the results may be comparable in the UK, they may not translate in exactly the same way in terms of exact stress levels.

Optometrists

Stress tolerance: 70/100

Average annual salary: £86,900

Education requirements: BSc (Hons) plus a work placement

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Stress tolerance: 69/100

Average annual salary: £55,000

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field

Financial Examiners

Stress tolerance: 69/100

Average annual salary: £65,200

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree

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Art Directors

Stress tolerance: 69/100

Average annual salary: £77,400

Education requirements: A-Levels, Degree, Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC

Ship Engineers

Stress tolerance: 68/100

Average annual salary: £56,200

Education requirements: Degree in a relevant field

Postsecondary mathematical science teachers

Stress tolerance: 68/100

Average annual salary: £61,000

Education requirements: Typically a Ph.D in a relevant field

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion teachers

Stress tolerance: 68/100

Average annual salary: £62,900

Education requirements: A Doctoral degree will likely be required but a Master's degree may be enough

Geoscientists

Stress tolerance: 68/100

Average annual salary: £76,600

Education requirements: Master's degree in a relevant field plus work experience is desirable

Agents and business managers

Stress tolerance: 67/100

Average annual salary: £68,700

Education requirements: Typically a Master's degree plus work experience to build contacts

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Agricultural engineers

Stress tolerance: 67/100

Average annual salary: £69,4oo

Education requirements: A degree in an engineering subject, typically, although you may be able to work your way up from technician level

Computer hardware engineers

Stress tolerance: 67/100

Average annual salary: £87,000

Education requirements: A degree in computer or electronic engineering

Orthodontists

Stress tolerance: 67/100

Average annual salary: £163,000

Education requirements: Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree

Epidemiologists

Stress tolerance: 64/100

Average annual salary: £55,400

Education requirements: A Master's or PhD degree

Economists

Stress tolerance: 64/100

Average annual salary: £82,600

Education requirements: A relevant Bachelor's degree

Biomedical Engineers

Stress tolerance: 63/100

Average annual salary: £68,700

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, plus a Master's degree can be beneficial

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Photo credit: Steve McAlister - Getty Images

Hydrologist

Stress tolerance: 62/100

Average annual salary: £61,100

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree, plus a Master's degree may be required for more senior positions

Physicists

Stress tolerance: 62/100

Average annual salary: £92,800

Education requirements: A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, but a Master's or PhD is preferable

Software Applications Developers

Stress tolerance: 61/100

Average annual salary: £79,000

Education requirements: Master's degree in a relevant field

Political Scientists

Stress tolerance: 61/100

Average annual salary: £85,100

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or work experience

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Photo credit: Caiaimage/Sam Edwards - Getty Images

Farm and ranch managers

Stress tolerance: 59/100

Average annual salary: £56,800

Education requirements: While not essential, most farm managers have a qualification in agriculture or land management

Geographers

Stress tolerance: 59/100

Average annual salary: £59,000

Education requirements: At least a Master's degree

Mathematicians

Stress tolerance: 57/100

Average annual salary: £76,000

Education requirements: At least a Master's degree, but ideally a doctorate degree

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