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Jobs In Canada That Are High-Pay And Low-Stress

02/25/2017 12:11 EST | Updated 02/25/2017 12:11 EST

There are two things every working Canadian probably wishes they had: more money and less stress.

But is there such a thing as a high-paying job that isn't super stressful?

We've complied a list of jobs in Canada that meet both requirements.

We used PayScale to determine the average salaries for jobs available in Canada, and compared them with the stress level rankings for each job as determined by Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database.

O*NET ranks job stress ("stress tolerance") on a scale of zero to 100; the lower the number, the lower the stress of the job. Each job in the database is ranked on how much criticism workers face and the amount of high stress they have to deal with at work.

And while many of these jobs require a fair bit of education and knowledge (orthodontists and law professors, for example), there are other jobs that require only a bachelor's degree and the drive to succeed.

We found 19 jobs that have a stress tolerance of 70 or below, and pay more than C$65,000 per year, on average.

  • Fuel Cell Engineer
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    Stress Tolerance: 50
    Median Salary: C$82,450
    Job description: Design, build, test, and install fuel cell components and systems. Conduct evaluations of fuel cell components, subsystems, and systems, identify failures, and calculate efficiency and output rates.
    Education requirements: A Professional Engineer License (P.Eng.) is considered a strong qualification for this job.
  • Mathematician
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    Stress Tolerance: 57
    Median Salary: C$67,407
    Job description: 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: Minimum of a bachelor's degree, but salary and job opportunities get stronger with a master's or doctorate degree.
  • Software Developer, Applications
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    Stress Tolerance: 61
    Median Salary: C$68,496
    Job description: Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree and knowledge in computer programming.
  • Physicist
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    Stress Tolerance: 61
    Median Salary: C$65,000
    Job description: 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: A Master's degree at minimum, with doctoral and post-doctoral training pursued by many working in the field.
  • Materials Engineer
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    Stress Tolerance: 61
    Median Salary: C$67,217
    Job description: Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials.
    Education requirements: Minimum of a bachelor's degree.
  • Operations Research Analyst
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    Stress Tolerance: 63
    Median Salary: C$76,076
    Job description: Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions.
    Education requirements: A bachelor's degree is a requirement in this field, with many people choosing to pursue a master's degree or higher.
  • Law Professor
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    Stress Tolerance: 63
    Median Salary: C$150,000
    Job description: Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
    Education requirements: Most post-secondary schools require law professors to have a doctoral degree.
  • Geoscientist (except hydrologists and geographers)
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    Stress Tolerance: 63
    Median Salary: C$65,984
    Job description: Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems.
    Education requirements: At least a bachelor's degree.
  • Epidemiologist
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    Stress Tolerance: 64
    Median Salary: C$71,025
    Job description: Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.
    Education requirements: Many working in this field have either a master's or doctorate degree.
  • Actuary
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    Stress Tolerance: 64
    Median Salary: C$68,598
    Job description: Analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree, with exam certification.
  • Transportation Engineer
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    Stress Tolerance: 66
    Median Salary: C$65,004
    Job description: Develop plans for transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and provincial or federal construction policy. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree
  • Cytotechnologist
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    Stress Tolerance: 66
    Median Salary: C$72,460
    Job description: Study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Water Resources Engineer
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    Stress Tolerance: 67
    Median Salary: C$69,511
    Job description: Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.
    Education requirements: Minimum of a bachelor's degree, with some employers requiring a master's degree.
  • Orthodontist
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    Stress Tolerance: 67
    Median Salary: C$110,500
    Job description: Examine, diagnose, and treat improper bites and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws.
    Education requirements: A doctoral degree and post-doctoral training.
  • Soil Scientist
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    Stress Tolerance: 68
    Median Salary: C$73,698
    Job description: Conduct research in management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Database Architect
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    Stress Tolerance: 69
    Median Salary: C$91,905
    Job description: Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases.
    Education requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Real Estate Appraiser
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    Stress Tolerance: 69
    Median Salary: C$68,784
    Job description: Appraise real property to determine its value for purchase, sales, investment, mortgage, or loan purposes.
    Education requirements: Some college education, although most employers look for a bachelor's degree.
  • Optometrist
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    Stress Tolerance: 70
    Median Salary: C$82,473
    Job description: Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system.
    Education requirements: Doctoral degree
  • Audiologist
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    Stress Tolerance: 70
    Median Salary: C$70,370
    Job description: Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training.
    Education requirements: Master's or doctoral degree

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