15 high-paying, low-stress jobs

What good is a lucrative career if you're too stressed-out to properly enjoy life? These occupations pay well and rank low on the stress scale.

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Dec 5, 2013 12:09AM
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Wow!  What a stupid article.  The low stress, high pay jobs are actually writers for MSN.  They can write whatever they want, don't need any knowledge of subject matter, and get paid for it!
Dec 4, 2013 8:49PM
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Are you kidding me, MSN. I am an engineer (mechanical) and with my stamp shown on design drawings, that makes me somewhat responsible. If that doesn't raise the stress level near the top, nothing does. You better go back and do a lot more homework. I constantly  worry about some  unexpected news, like gas lines erupting from earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes. Don't EVER thing that being an engineer is a low stress job. It isn't! 
Dec 4, 2013 9:00PM
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Low stress compared to what? 
Most of the jobs shown are position where the individual is directly responsible for the physical well-being of a patient or responsible for millions or billions of dollars in company or client funds. 

Oh yeah, no stress there... 
Dec 4, 2013 11:55PM
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You are kidding with Engineers and Computer jobs right? These folks are the people who keep companies going.. when systems malfunction the stress level rises dramatically. You are on call any day, any night, weekends and holidays included. Vacations also are never "free time" as you must be available to react to questions/problems that may come up. These are not low stress jobs by any measure.
Dec 4, 2013 10:12PM
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Congressman or senator if you like prostitutes and booze

Mayor if you like prostitutes an crack coke

Beat that MSN !!!

Dec 4, 2013 9:05PM
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Yeah, if you think being an engineer with the responsibility of people living and dying is low stress, you're out of your f-n mind.
Dec 5, 2013 12:37AM
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If you take pride in your work, no matter the trade, you're going to encounter stress. 
Dec 5, 2013 12:33AM
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Most overpaid job Law teacher.  Like we need more lawyers in this world.  We already have enough in congress ****ing us.
Dec 4, 2013 11:29PM
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Who the Hell wrote this pile of garbage!  ANY medical field is a high stress level.  Looking at the list, all of them are stressful.  As usual, MSN apparently has the less stressful job because it doesn't seem to include research or even common sense writing.
Dec 4, 2013 9:17PM
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Oh really!  Engineers just have fun all day according to you!  Are you for real?????  Oh, we just have absolutely no stress???? We just play all day, maybe we just don't show up at work because we are so unimportant?  Where did you get these facts?  When you are responsible for keeping a line flowing at a manufacturing plant, guess that's not stress?  Huh?  How about being evaluated by your bosses quarterly?  No stress huh?  Yes, we just have balls of fun at work all day long.  If production is halted we can just blame it on the workers, right?  There is a reason we get paid higher than others and that is because our job is very STRESSFUL!  If we make a mistake and shut down production, this goes all the way up to the top.  Get real, MSN.  I just bet you writers, who come up with the most inane items for this website (how about the stupid articles on dogs - how many of those have we had or how about the articles about one's love life and stupid celebrities).  Yeah, that is real stress, right?
Dec 4, 2013 10:27PM
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Just another engineer here to say that the inclusion of engineers on this list is bogus. First off, engineers work in a vast array of fields and hold such a wide range of jobs that it's absolutely inaccurate to generalize them. Furthermore, I agree with "side show" below - many engineers who stamp drawings are legally and ethically responsible for their work, which impacts people's lives. Think about engineering errors that have resulted in people's deaths. One that comes to mind is the 1981 Kansas City Hyatt Regency disaster that killed over 100 people. Even engineers who don't make life-or-death calculations are stressed out. I am a consultant responsible for multiple clients and projects, and my decisions are worth thousands to millions - being wrong can be very costly. And we all are from time to time. Not to mention we are by no means immune to the usual chaos of workplace politics, deadlines, resource limitations, etc. that cause people stress across all professions.
Dec 5, 2013 3:38AM
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This article is wrong in every possible way.
Dec 4, 2013 10:22PM
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really? I doubt a BS in Astronomy is going to earn you almost six figures...
Dec 5, 2013 2:26AM
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Wish they'd use the median wage. The average is distorted by the few star lights that make it to the top or the few who live in higher wage/cost cities.  Don't plan on being an Art Director making 80K or Audiologist making 69K.... in fact ignore those figures. Look up their median wage.
Dec 5, 2013 3:23AM
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ok LOTS of stressed out engineers in this post...you might need a vacay or a shrink to de-stress a little lol...ok but I totally am with you guys....this article should include personal trainers or yoga instructors or even models instead lol
Dec 5, 2013 4:52AM
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The writer has never worked as a Computer or Information Systems Manager  25 years in this job is good for bad eyesight and a weak heart..
Dec 4, 2013 9:43PM
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By the way, I contacted my fellow engineers at work, one of our EE's and a computer engineer to explain to all of you at MSN what we have to do daily at work.  They have different functions than I do as a CE.  For example, we are on "call" which means if something breaks down on our "free time" we are required to go in at any hour of the day (including weekends) to "fix' the problem.  And guess what? -  unlike you overstressed workers at MSN, we don't leave work until we get it fixed.  In manufacturing, we never shut down.  Most of us were hired on the "fast track," which means we are being groomed for upper management.  Don't think that is stressful?  Huh?  We have regular meetings with the upper levels guys to evaluate if we have what it takes to move up the "corporate ladder."  Imagine working with people on the line who cannot read well or write?  Well, I do.  Don't think that isn't stressful when they cannot follow simple instructions???  We also follow the Southern swing shift which means we work different shifts throughout the year.  Don't think that is stressful to your health?  Yeah, I am definitely not as stressed as the contributors to MSN.  Gosh, must be horrible and stressful to look for inane videos on dogs, cats, space, babies, etc.  Or how about those stress induced tips on one's fashion or love life?  Or how about the same articles showing up every other day, must be a stressful job when you can't even cover different news events daily.  It must be stressful to look up items from other sources to put on line, isn't it?  My coworkers tell me I am "stressing" out over nothing, but I cannot believe that you "highly educated and sophisticated" writers at MSN would actually think we get paid $100,000 per year to do absolutely nothing but show up at work and get paid. 
Dec 4, 2013 9:36PM
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yes! I agree with all the posters! All of the jobs listed are HIGH STRESS-C'mon!! lol
Dec 4, 2013 10:34PM
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economist??? astronomers??  earning almost 6 figure salaries ? how about the accountability?

Economist: There may be an inflation next year. (a year later),... er, well, I was wrong, no inflation,.. anyway, where's my 100,000 dollars? (This scenario is played out in Wall St. everyday. They call it "capitalism".)

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