10 of the Highest Paying, Least Stressful Jobs in the World

Thinking about a career change? Consider these career fields that can pad your wallet without long hours or too much anxiety.

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Recently, the smart people at Business Insider consulted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Information Network (or O*NET, a database that ranks professions on a scale of zero to 100, where the lower number means less stress), and other smart people to identify jobs that fall in a sweet spot—they pay more than $70,000 a year and have a low O*NET ranking. No surprise: Nine of the top ten highest paying jobs fall in the fields of math and science. Here are the ten that pay the most. (Click here for the full list.)

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10. ECONOMIST

Stress tolerance: 59

Average annual salary: $109,230

What they do: Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services.

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree

9. ASTRONOMER

Stress tolerance: 62

Average annual salary: $110,220

What they do: Observe, research, and analyze astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

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Education requirements: Ph.D. for most research jobs.

8. ACTUARY

Stress tolerance: 64

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.

7. Mathematician

Stress tolerance: 57

Average annual salary: $112,560

What they do: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields; solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

Education requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree for those who want to work in government, and a doctorate may be required to work for private companies.

6. COMPUTER HARDWARE ENGINEER

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.

5. OPTOMETRIST

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.

4. PHYSICIST

Stress tolerance: 61

Average annual salary: $118,500

What they do: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Education requirements: Ph.D. for most research jobs.

3. LAW TEACHER

Stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $126,230

What they do: Teach courses in law.

Education requirements: Bachelor's and law degrees.

2. COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER

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.

1. ORTHODONTIST

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.

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