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Top 5 Best-paying, Low-stress Jobs

Earlier today, Mark pointed out the 5 most overrated jobs in the country. To go along with that, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at the 5 best-paying, low -stress jobs in the country as well.

Last week we posed the question: More Money or Less Stress? According to the NY Daily News, people in these 5 positions didn’t have to sacrifice their income for less stress.

1. Physical Therapist: $50,000 – $105,000 per year.
This position was at the top of the NY Daily News’ list. According to their reports, physical therapists have fairly flexible schedules and unlike doctors and nurses they do not have to work nights. On top of that, with the baby boomers growing older it is likely that the need for PT’s will rise so there will likely be more job opportunities in this field.

2. Massage Therapist: $10 – $35 per hour.
You’re usually your own boss and decreasing stress-levels is top priority in this field so it would not make sense if this position created a lot of stress.

3. Civil Engineer: $50,000 – $115,000 per year.
Usually working with a team of others, civil engineers design and build infrastructures like public roads and buildings. They usually have years to design and execute their plans so the stress level is not so high. On top of that, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be a 24 percent increase in these jobs in the next 10 years.

4. Computer Software Engineer: $54,000 – $130,000 per year.
Computer Software Engineers design and test everything from computer games to operating systems. They usually can work from home so that adds a whole new level of comfort to the job.

5. Technical Writer: $47,000 – $98,000 per year.
Technical Writers have the job of explaining difficult concepts in easy to understand terms. They usually have flexible hours and like a computer software engineer, they can often work from home.

If low stress is very important to you but you still need to have a good paycheck every week, then these may be the types of jobs you want to look for.

SOURCE: NY Daily News

Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter