Many factors contribute to a person’s level of exertion at work. For some, the amount of their salary is a motivating factor. For others, it’s about doing a good job in their role. And for more than a third, 35% of workers, stress or burnout has a significant effect on their ability to perform, according to a Joblist Q3 survey of 18,911 job seekers.
Ideally, your job is not so stressful that performing its various tasks becomes a challenge. And within the workforce, there are various jobs that are inherently less stressful than others. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, has compiled a list of nearly 900 occupations and ranked them by stress level. They did so by noting the importance of accepting criticism and calmly handling high-stress situations in every job.
Here are 10 jobs on the list that pay a median annual salary of over $100,000 and have a relatively low stress tolerance level (all have a level below 70 out of 100), including their median annual salaries and the requirements to take into account .
It’s important to remember that “these are not stress-free jobs,” says Sinem Buber, chief economist at ZipRecruiter. “These are less stressful jobs than jobs like doctors, doctors where they deal with human life.”
Materials scientists study, research ways to combine and reinforce, and experiment with materials such as metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, and glass. Most of these positions require an advanced degree such as a master’s or doctoral degree and extensive on-the-job experience.
Median annual salary: $100,090
Business intelligence analysts
These analysts take note of business, financial, and economic data, create reports for executives and stakeholders, and recommend relevant actions to be taken on behalf of the company. Most of these positions require a bachelor’s degree and some experience to be considered.
Median annual salary: $100,910
Remote sensing scientist or technologist
These scientists analyze data collected by aircraft or satellites, for example, to solve problems in areas such as urban planning, homeland security and natural resource management. Most positions require graduate education, including a relevant master’s, doctorate, or doctorate, as well as work experience.
Median annual salary: $104,100
Economics professors teach graduate or undergraduate students subjects such as pricing theory and microeconomics. They prepare course materials, give lectures and grade assignments. Many of these positions require a graduate degree and experience to be considered.
Median annual salary: $104,940
Chemical engineers design chemical plant equipment and the processes used to create products such as gas, plastics, and cement, including the procedures used to ensure the safety of people working near chemical reactions. This position often requires a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience.
Median annual salary: $105,550
These economists conduct research on topics such as the use of alternative fuels, write academic papers on economic forecasts, and assess the costs and benefits of policies and regulations affecting the environment. Most of these positions require a relevant master’s, doctorate, or law degree, as well as work experience.
Median annual salary: $105,630
Mathematicians apply mathematical theories to solve problems in business, engineering, and science, conduct research in algebra, geometry, probability, etc., and write reports of their findings. This position often requires a relevant master’s degree, doctorate or medical degree and relevant work experience.
Median annual salary: $108,100
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist and Site Manager
These specialists plan and oversee the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated land. They identify sources of contamination and coordinate on-site cleaning that ensures compliance with environmental laws and standards. Many of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree and work experience.
Median annual salary: $124,650
Water Resources Specialist
These specialists design and help implement programs related to water supply, quality and regulation. Most of these positions require a bachelor’s degree and experience in the field to be considered.
Median annual salary: $137,900
Physicists conduct research into physical phenomena, analyze their research and evaluate data, and develop theories based on their findings. Most of these positions require an advanced degree such as a master’s, doctorate, or law degree and extensive on-the-job experience.
Median annual salary: $152,430
In addition to not dealing directly with human life, other factors that make these jobs generally less stressful are that many of them do not deal directly with customers and do not necessarily face tight deadlines or to competitive cultures. Many may also take place at colleges or universities or through local or federal government.
“These are the places where you don’t see a big, stressful work environment,” Buber says. Sometimes these jobs can even offer greater job security.
Still, “there could be other factors at play in terms of geography, in terms of hours, employer,” Monster career expert Vicki Salemi says of what could affect stress levels in these jobs. “If a mathematician, for example, is employed internally by a company that is going to have layoffs, that could be stressful compared to higher education who may have a position.”
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