Wednesday, July 18, 2012

high pay. low stress.

Maybe you love impossible last minute deadlines, a boss that's jumping down your throat, and a work environment where every task is do-or-die, succeed or say "bye bye." Some people live for that stuff. For the rest of us, that's not necessarily the ideal work environment. Of course, a challenging work environment is great for your work ethic and can really boost your creativity, but if the "challenge" goes a bit too far, your physical and psychological health can be negatively affected.

On my way to work this morning, I heard a really interesting story on the radio. It was a list of the 5 highest paid -- low stress jobs in America. I found the list on monster, and here it is:

1. Optometrist
Median Annual Salary: $99,200

2. Materials Scientist
Median Annual Salary: $90,600

3. Economist
Median Annual Salary: $85,600

4. Aeronautical Engineer
Median Annual Salary: $82,800

5. User Experience Designer
Median Annual Salary: $79,100

Of course, it all depends on where you work. I work with a ton of economists that, I'm sure, are pretty stressed out on any given day given the type of work we do here. But the list does sound pretty accurate. Have you ever seen a stressed-out optometrist???

Readers: What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

Carm said...

Insurance work is not very stressful either :) I love creative work, like interior design, decorating, scrapbooking, working at a cute home decor shop, or a kid's clothing store, and yes, optometry would be good too. It's all about maintaining a balance of work and life, with family always being the most important. Also take time for yourself and you'll be better for others.