27 Low-Stress and Fun Jobs That Pay Well in 2022

27 Low-Stress and Fun Jobs That Pay Well in 2022

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1. Audiologist

To become an audiologist, you need to study for a doctorate and obtain a license to practice. But once you do, you’re in for a career that’s challenging and rewarding without any unnecessary stress.  Audiologists diagnose patients’ hearing-related problems and fit them with hearing aids. They might also help conduct research in the field.

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2. Art Director

Not everyone has the eye for art, but you’re in luck if you do. An art director’s job doesn’t take place in a museum, but behind the scenes in creative industries such as advertising, magazine publishing and TV production. They make sure everything’s appealing to the eye — and sometimes they earn a six-figure salary for it. You either need a bachelor’s degree or impeccable taste.

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3. Dental Hygienist

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, you know what a hygienist’s job entails. They clean your teeth and do the first round of examinations to see if you’re suffering from any oral disease.  You only need an associate degree to take on this role, so switching careers wouldn’t be too much of an undertaking. Plus, according to research by 

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Vista College, the field has a reputation for providing a good work-life balance, which means you’ll have more time to focus on personal affairs.

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4. Geologist

Despite what you might’ve learned in high school science classes, a geologist does a lot more than look at rocks all day long. They also examine and predict the earth’s movement, studying the effects it has — earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and floods included. The amount of time spent in the field exploring will prove this is a fun job that pays well.

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5. Food Technologist

It’s all about flavor for food technologists. They research and analyze everything we eat and figure out ways to make it taste better and last longer in storage.  They’re also responsible for ensuring that products pass the sanitation requirements set by the government and maintain their nutritional content. All these requirements might seem 

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stressful, but food technologists work within a calm, pleasant lab setting, therefore making it a challenging but relaxed role.

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6. Librarian

Think about it — a library is a quiet place for people to read, study and research. That means a librarian’s work environment is relaxing and calm.  The responsibilities of a librarian are soothing, too — cataloging books, checking them in and out and occasionally helping people find a particular title are 

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enjoyable tasks. Plus, you don’t have to work in a high-traffic school or public library — healthcare facilities, museums, businesses and government offices have libraries that need someone in charge, too.

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7. Technical Writer

All the stress that comes with being a writer — namely coming up with original, entertaining ideas — is nonexistent in the world of technical writing.  Instead, technical writers have a product that needs an instruction manual or another corresponding piece of literature. It’s up to them to write about how it works in the simplest of terms.

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You might need some expertise in the field depending on the complexity of the product or service you’re describing.

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8. Biostatistician

Crunching numbers on your own? There’s nothing less stressful than that. It’s up to a biostatistician to use these figures to analyze and better understand the results of biological research or other natural processes.

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9. Optometrist

To become a doctor of optometry, you’ll have to go back to school and earn a state-level licensure, but the result is worth the while.  Optometrists diagnose and treat all issues about the eye, and those in the field experience little stress in doing so. The medical field might seem like a space that’s inherently stressful, but once 

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you go through your intensive eye-related training, you’ll feel confident and calm in your expertise.

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10. Radiologic Technologist

In a similar vein, working as a radiologic technologist is a relatively low-stress option in the realm of healthcare. You only need an associate’s degree and an ability to chat and comfort patients as they undergo X-rays or CAT scans.  Although there are lots of these to do in a hospital setting, you’ll find that getting into a routine, even if it’s job-related, can 

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diffuse a lot of your stress. Finding a routine is one of the best stress management techniques.

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11. Actuary

The road to becoming an actuary is somewhat long, as you need a bachelor’s degree and have to pass a series of exams to earn the title. But once you have it, you’ll be earning a healthy salary and using your knowledge to create insurance plans that are well-maintained.

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12. Dietician

There’s so much satisfaction that comes with being a dietician because you get to help clients grow healthier and achieve their goals along the way.  Dieticians provide tips on how a person can change their diet to shed excess weight or help them create a meal plan that won’t exacerbate a pre-existing health problem such as 

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diabetes or high cholesterol. You need at least a degree in the science field, as well as natural communication skills to talk sympathetically and honestly to patients.

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13. Software Developer

Here’s another job you’ll enjoy if you prefer to work solo. The computer programmer’s position is certainly challenging, but they also tackle issues and coding problems with their expertise. Plus, because the job is so rigorous, associates will know how hard your work is and respect you for your output — in other words, there won’t be a 

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constant pressure to speed up and perform at higher than your capacity. This career can lead you to other fruitful careers as a designer, senior developer or project manager, too.

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14. Postsecondary Teacher

Depending on the subject you teach, you can make more money than the figure quoted above. Of course, fun jobs that pay well aren’t about the money — they’re about the way you’ll feel while working them. And postsecondary teachers have low-stress levels as they impart wisdom onto college-level students, whether they’re teaching law, economics or psychology.

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15. Hydrologist

Much like a geologist, a hydrologist spends a ton of time in the field to do their job. But rather than studying the movement and makeup of rocks, they’re looking at the way water moves across the Earth. This knowledge can help them solve major issues in areas where water quality or water levels are low.

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16. Operations Research Analyst

You might need a high-level degree — think Ph.D. or master’s — to become an operations research analyst, but it’s worth it.  You’ll need to know complex mathematical and analytical applications and put them to good use for a business. In most cases, operations research analysts help to identify internal issues, make 

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more thoughtful decisions and investigate any lingering problems. You may need to brush up on your analytical skills.

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17. Materials Engineer

Materials engineers have a hand in the entire production process of a certain item. They help create the necessary machinery, write the processes and choose the proper materials to make a certain product so that it meets all its design and performance standards.  A bachelor’s degree in engineering or materials 

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science will be your ticket into the field, although you could get in with a related specialization

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18. Geographer

Once you have a Master’s degree, the field of geography is waiting for you. Geographers use their knowledge of the Earth’s surface as they research different regions of the world and try to forecast the impact that humans will have on certain areas. They might also look more generally at the different natural conditions and ways they’re used across the planet.

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19. Mathematician

Once you’re an expert at math, you’re not necessarily required to become a teacher.  Instead, mathematicians can work for the government or in the private sector and use analytical skills to fix issues in management, science and other areas. Mathematicians can also fill research roles.

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20. Computer Hardware Engineer

You can get your start in this field after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited course.  Computer hardware engineers can help in all processes in the creation of computer-related equipment — they design, research, build, develop or test these products. Their creations could end up in the hands of commercial users, scientists, 

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military officials or other industrial workers.

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21. Orthodontist

Smile! Orthodontists know how to straighten smiles and realign jaws with orthodontic hardware. They must choose the right equipment to do so, apply it and check the progress throughout a person’s time with braces.  Both orthodontists and their patients feel satisfied when they see the resulting grins that come from their handiwork

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In fact, performing with purpose could be the key to job satisfaction across all industries.

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22. Astronomer

Perhaps unsurprisingly, you can make a pretty low-stress career out of looking at the sky. Of course, an astronomer’s job is more than just stargazing, but their research and analysis of the universe’s phenomena allows them to stare into space regularly. It’ll be awe-inspiring, and useful — you can apply your findings to the practical problems faced day-to-day down here on Earth.

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23. Physicist

It takes some time to become a professional physicist since you’ll need a Ph.D. to obtain a research job in most cases.  But once physicists finish their degrees, they get the chance to research, observe and experiment to come up with their own theories about different types of physical happenings. All of this takes place in the calm confines of 

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a scientific laboratory, where they can really focus and delve into their studies.

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24. Political Scientist

Not every low-stress job requires you to be a scientist in the traditional sense. Instead, you can make politics your focus.  How do particular systems of thought start and grow? How do they operate? It’s a political scientist’s job to answer those questions once they have a higher-level degree in the subject or a related area.

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25. Biomedical Engineer

With a four-year degree in the subject — or with an engineering degree in a related field combined with on-the-job training — you can head into the field of biomedical engineering. It’s a rewarding one, too — biomedical engineers tackle issues faced in the healthcare field, and their expertise helps improve patient care throughout the treatment process.

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26. Environmental Scientist

Passionate about the environment? A career as an environmental scientist could be the path for you.  These STEM professionals study environmental conditions and use their knowledge to improve conditions for the natural world and human beings.

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27. Database Architect

Toward the goal of helping businesses attain solid infrastructures and meet their goals, database architects design and create structures like databases, networks and data warehouses.  They also work to provide standards and documentation to the business for which they're working, whether a client or their employer.

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