Revealed: The jobs you should be doing for the most pay and the least stress


Many people start the New Year thinking about getting a new job. And now, especially for those looking at a new career, number crunchers have gone through the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network to figure out which jobs pay the most but have the least stress.

If you are looking for a new job, then career choices to give some serious consideration to could be an orthodontist, economist or a mathematician. They all feature on a list of careers put together which have substantial salaries and low stress levels, paying as much as £221,390 annually.

The ratings looked at such factors including whether workers had to accept regular criticism. Researchers at Business Insider took the data to put together a list of 20 career choices with a stress rating of 70 or less – using information which gave stress levels a rating of 0 to 100 – but which still paid at least $70,000 annually.

Top 20 jobs

The top 10 jobs they came up with were Materials Scientist, Mathematician, Geographer, Economist, Statistician, Physicist, Political Scientist, Materials Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Astronomer.

Following these, the next 10 suggestions were Operations Research Analyst, Actuary, Applications Software Developer, Orthodondist, Computer Hardware Engineer, Art Director, Technical Writer, Optometrist and, finally, Audiologist.

The latest research follows a study in the UK last year, which found that billions of pounds was being lost to the economy as a result of stress in the workplace. According to the Labour Force Survey, a total of 30 million days are lost annually as a result of stress, depression or anxiety. Stress accounted for nearly half of all days taken off work during the 2014/15 financial year, which was when the lastest figures were taken from.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who uncovered the data, said it showed that mental illness was causing huge damage to both individuals and the wider British economy.