The common conception is that to earn a lot of money you have to deal with a lot of stress but that is not necessarily the case. Unfortunately, not many of us end up working in an industry or doing a job that we absolutely love. For most, our occupation is something we have to do rather than something we want to do. We need a job in order to earn money so that we can afford to put a roof over our heads, to buy food and drink in order to survive, and to do the things we actually want to do. It’s really just a necessity and a nuisance.
Due to the fact that many of us work jobs that we don’t particularly like, said occupation often comes with a certain modicum of stress. What is also a general belief is that those who earn more money are under more stress, for the most part anyway. If we are in line for a promotion at work then we need to weigh up whether the extra stress and responsibility that will come along with it is really worth the extra money.
Well, as it turns out, more money at work doesn’t necessarily mean more stress. Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., compared the average salaries and stress levels of 767 different occupations across the United States. Shatkin rated the “stress tolerance” of a job from 0 to 100 and Time has used those findings to rank the 24 jobs that have the best high pay to low-stress ratio.
Quite surprisingly, marine engineers come in quite high up on the list. While the men and women who undertake that job obviously deserve the high pay that they deserve, almost $100,000 a year, apparently it comes with less stress than you would imagine. Art directors and mathematicians also have to endure low amounts of stress for a big payout, but according to Shatkin’s findings, the best job to have if you want a lot of money and not a lot of stress is a material scientist.
If you’re currently in a high-pressure job and you feel as if you are not being compensated well enough for it, perhaps it’s time to give Time‘s list a more extensive read and consider a career change. You never know, perhaps there is a career on there that you’re qualified to do and it may very well fill your bank account while reducing your stress level.
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