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These are the 10 Highest Paying Jobs That Cause the Least Amount of Stress

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No matter how many times someone says “if you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” reality still insists on smacking you in the face. Liking what you do is vital, but so is making enough money to pay your bills and getting through the day without having a nervous breakdown. Sadly that’s easier said than done.

Luckily Business Insider recently consulted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the the Occupational Information Network and smart workers to find jobs that pay more than $70,000 without causing a ton of stress. Yes, they exist, and yes, we all need to be in that sweet situation.

Check out the top ten below. For reference, the lower the number next to stress tolerance, the better. Get those resumes ready.

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: Astronomers observe, research and analyze astronomical phenomena so the basic population can understand what the hell is going on up in space. They also apply this information to deal with practical problems that us little people can’t totally grasp.
Education requirements: PhD for most research jobs.

8. Actuary

Stress tolerance: 64
Average annual salary: $110,560
What they do: Analyze financial costs of risk and uncertainty. Boring, but very little stress.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree and certification, which can be achieved through a series of exams post-graduation.

7. Mathematician

Stress tolerance: 57
Average annual salary: $112, 560
What they do: You might have loathed math in high school, but paying attention in class could’ve gotten you a pretty full bank account. Mathematicians conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management and various other fields.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s or master’s degree for those who are looking to apply their skills to government jobs. A doctorate may also 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 and test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military and scientific use. Basically, if you played The Sims growing up, you should be fine.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

5. Optometrist 

Stress tolerance: 70
Average annual salary: $115,750
What they do: As you’ve probably experienced at least once in your life, optometrists perform eye exams to maintain the health of your eyes, and prescribe glasses or contact lenses when needed.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 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, develop theories and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
Education requirements: PhD for most research jobs.

3. Law Teacher 

Stress tolerance: 63
Average annual salary: $126,230
What they do: Teach courses in law, duh!
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 a company. They are also responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet said goals.
Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

1. Orthodontist

Stress tolerance: 67
Average annual salary: $221,390
What they do: Good afternoon, awkward adolescence! As you probably know from firsthand experience, orthodontists examine, diagnose and treat dental misalignments and oral cavity anomalies, while also designing appliances (read: horrifying braces and retainers) to realign teeth and jaws.

[H/T: Dr. Oz]

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