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As you can imagine Lead Software Engineers, Principal Scientists, and Data Scientists do have some amount of stress in their work. However, as you have read the highest percentages reported for people in these jobs who said that their jobs were "relaxing,", not stressful" or "a little stressful" was 66% to a low of 48%. To put this another way, two thirds of the reservoir engineers surveyed felt their jobs were not very stressful versus the nearly half (48%) of Lead Software Engineers.
CareerCast predicts a worker’s stress level by looking at the typical demands of the job and the crises it comes with. It has a ranking system that considers 11 different job demands that can reasonably be expected to create stress. It affords a high score if a particular demand was a large part of the job, fewer points if the demand was a small part of the job and no points if that demand was not generally required. As you might guess, the higher the score the more stressful is the job.
The relationship between stress and income
CareerCasts’ 2015 Jobs Rated Report found that enlisted military members with the lowest median annual salary have the highest job-related stress score of 70.78 while police officers scored 50.82, actors 50.33, and broadcasters 50.30. In comparison, it found the least stressful jobs to be hairstylist at 5.47, audiologist at 6.30, tenured university professor at 6.94 and medical records technologist at 7.55. There are some jobs in this category that also pay well though not as well as Geophysicist or Principal Scientist. For example, the median annual salary of a tenured university professor is $95,000 while that of an audiologist is $69,720 and a dietician ‘s median annual salary is $58,240. On the other hand, some of the jobs with very low stress also come with very low pay. The median annual salary of a hairstylist is just $22,770 while that of a medical records technician is $34,160.
As you can see there is a fairly tight correlation between job salary and education. Jobs such as Geophysicist, Lead Software Engineer and Reservoir Engineer may pay well and be less stressful but require at least a bachelor’s degree and possibly a graduate degree. A tenured university professor may make good money without much stress but will need at least a master's degree and quite possibly a PhD. Conversely, jobs that come with very little stress such as medical records technician or hairstylist generally require just a high school degree and a few months of specialized training. Somewhere in the middle are the jobs of firefighters and police officers, which in this day and age often require a college degree – despite the fact that their pay is only average.