20 high-paying, low-stress jobs that are growing in the 2020s

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20 high-paying, low-stress jobs that are growing in the 2020s
  • We recently looked at jobs that make at least $75,000 a year and are less stressful than others.
  • We wanted to see which of these jobs are likely to grow from 2019 to 2029, using BLS projections.
  • These high-paying, low-stress jobs are expected to grow faster than the average occupation.

20. Technical writers

20. Technical writers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 4,300

Importance of stress tolerance: 69

Average annual salary: $78,590

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19. Environmental scientists and specialists

19. Environmental scientists and specialists
Environmental scientists are projected to grow by 7,100 jobs between 2019 and 2029 and have a relatively low-stress tolerance score. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 7,100

Importance of stress tolerance: 69

Average annual salary: $80,090

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18. Financial examiners

18. Financial examiners
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 4,900

Importance of stress tolerance: 69

Average annual salary: $92,730

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17. Database architects

17. Database architects
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 12,800*

Importance of stress tolerance: 69

Average annual salary: $101,090

Job projection is for database administrators and architects.

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16. Postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers

16. Postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 2,100

Importance of stress tolerance: 68

Average annual salary: $90,160

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15. Geoscientists

15. Geoscientists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 1,600

Importance of stress tolerance: 68

Average annual salary: $112,110

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14. Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

14. Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 2,600

Importance of stress tolerance: 67

Average annual salary: $98,070

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13. Postsecondary education teachers

13. Postsecondary education teachers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 3,700

Importance of stress tolerance: 66

Average annual salary: $75,010

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12. Computer and information research scientists

12. Computer and information research scientists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 5,000

Importance of stress tolerance: 66

Average annual salary: $130,890

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11. Epidemiologists

11. Epidemiologists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 400

Importance of stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $83,620

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10. Statisticians

10. Statisticians
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 14,800

Importance of stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $97,170

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9. Economists

9. Economists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 2,900

Importance of stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $120,880

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8. Bioengineers and biomedical engineers

8. Bioengineers and biomedical engineers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 1,000

Importance of stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $98,340

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7. Postsecondary economics teachers

7. Postsecondary economics teachers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 900

Importance of stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $123,720

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6. Food scientists and technologists

6. Food scientists and technologists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 600

Importance of stress tolerance: 62

Average annual salary: $80,190

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5. Hydrologists

5. Hydrologists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 400

Importance of stress tolerance: 62

Average annual salary: $90,150

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4. Physicists

4. Physicists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 1,300

Importance of stress tolerance: 62

Average annual salary: $137,700

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3. Operations research analysts

3. Operations research analysts
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 26,100

Importance of stress tolerance: 61

Average annual salary: $92,280

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2. Chemical engineers

2. Chemical engineers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 1,400

Importance of stress tolerance: 61

Average annual salary: $114,820

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1. Political scientists

1. Political scientists
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 400

Importance of stress tolerance: 61

Average annual salary: $124,100

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Method and data sources

After looking at the highest-paying jobs with low-stress tolerance scores, Insider was interested in looking at which of these jobs may see large employment gains between 2019 and 2029. 

To come up with our list of occupations that were both high-paying and are part of relatively low stress work environments, we used wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program and stress tolerance scores from the O*NET Online occupational database. Stress tolerance scores on O*NET range from 0 to 100, where a higher score indicates a higher stress level. We only looked at jobs that make an average annual salaries of at least $75,000 as of May 2020, the most recent year.

After compiling this list of jobs, we used the Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent job projections that show employment change from 2019 to 2029 in various occupations. Because we wanted to see jobs that are estimated to grow quickly over the decade, we looked at jobs that have a projected employment percent change greater than 3.7%, the percent change for all occupations between 2019 and 2029. 

The projections may not be exactly what pans out over the decade and do not take into account changes due to the pandemic, but may give some indication of job growth in these lower stress work environments that are also well-paying.

The above jobs are ranked from most to least stressful, and by average annual wages in the case of a tie.

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