These are the 10 highest-paying, least-stressful jobs

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 10:45AM
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Recently Business Insider consulted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Information Network (or O*NET, a database that ranks professions on a scale of zero to 100, where the lower number means less stress), and others to identify jobs that really fall in the sweet spot. Those that pay more than $70,000 a year and have a low stress rating. 

And they found that nine of the top 10 highest paying jobs fall in the fields of maths and science!

Here are the ones that pay the most. (Click here for the full list.)

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10. ECONOMIST

Stress tolerance: 59

Average annual salary: $109,230

What they do: Study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree

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9. ASTRONOMER

Stress tolerance: 62

Average annual salary: $110,220

What they do: Observe, research, and analyze astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge, or apply such information to practical problems

Education requirements: PhD for most research jobs

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8. ACTUARY

Stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $110,560

What they do: Analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree and a series of exams to become certified

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7. MATHEMATICIAN

Stress tolerance: 57

Average annual salary: $112,560

What they do: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields; solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods

Education requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree for those who want to work in government, and a doctorate may be required to work for private companies

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6. COMPUTER HARDWARE ENGINEER

Stress tolerance: 67

Average annual salary: $114,970

What they do: Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited program

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5. OPTOMETRIST

Stress tolerance: 70

Average annual salary: $115,750

What they do: Perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases; prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed

Education requirements: Bachelor's, four-year doctor of optometry program, and a state license

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4. PHYSICIST

Stress tolerance: 61

Average annual salary: $118,500

What they do: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories

Education requirements: PhD for most research jobs

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3. LAW TEACHER

Stress tolerance: 63

Average annual salary: $126,230

What they do: Teach courses in law

Education requirements: Bachelor's and law degrees

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2. COMPUTER AND INFORMATIONS SYSTEMS MANAGER

Stress tolerance: 64

Average annual salary: $141,000

What they do: Help determine the information technology goals of an organization; are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree

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1. ORTHODONTIST

Stress tolerance: 67

Average annual salary: $221,390

What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental misalignments and oral cavity anomalies; design appliances to realign teeth and jaws

Education requirements: Bachelor's degree, four-year dental school, and two to three years of residency training



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