Consider These Majors If You Want to Make Bank

AND still have a life

If you’re the kind of person who freezes in terror when someone asks, “So what do you plan to major in?” (AKA: “What do you want to do with your life?”), the topic of college/career/life plans in general can be a touchy one. There is a sea of possible majors and each one leads to a very different kind of life. How can you possibly choose? Especially if you’re not the kind of person who’s had it All Figured Out since elementary school.

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You know the type. They’re the person you know who has been sure they wanted to be a nurse/lawyer/marine biologist/whatever since the third grade. They’re the person who picked out dream colleges in middle school based on which schools had the best programs in nursing/law/marine biology/whatever-ing. They’re the person who has no problem answering the “So what do you plan to major in?” question.

But, if that’s not you, if you’re the kind of person who looks into their own future and sees lots of big, bouncing question marks, know that it’s okay. If all you know is that you want to make enough money to live in a cool place and do cool things with cool people in your free time, that’s okay. And, luckily for you, Business Insider recently compiled a list of the jobs that have the best paycheck to work/life balance ratio.

According to Cosmopolitan, the magic list is the result of consulting the Occupational Information Network (or O*NET), a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics database that ranks the stressfulness of jobs (on a scale of 0-100, where a lower score means less stress) and experts to find jobs that pay well ($70,000 and up) and rank low on the O*NET’s stress test.

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So, if you’re looking for a college major that will lead to a job that pays well and won’t stress you out or suck up all of your nights and weekends, consider the following jobs:

1. Orthodontist

The major: Pre-dental, if your school offers it, but if not stick to the sciences (biology is a good choice) and prepare to apply to dental school. 

The salary: $221,390

The stress rating: 67

Source: Pixar

Source: Pixar

 

2. Computer and Information systems manager

The major: Computer science

The salary: $141,000

The stress rating: 64

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

3. Law teacher

The major: You’ll need a law degree, so law school is a must, but your undergraduate options are more flexible. Political science, history, and journalism are all solid options.

The salary: $126,230

The stress rating: 63

Source: MGM

Source: MGM

 

4. Physicist 

The major: Physics (duh) and you’ll probably need a Ph.D to go all the way with this career.

The salary: $118,500

The stress rating: 61

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

 

5. Optometrist 

The major: Again, you’ll need to go beyond a Bachelor’s (four years of optometry school). For undergrad, stick to the sciences.

The salary: $115,750

The stress rating: 70

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

6. Computer Hardware Engineer

The major: Computer engineering

The salary: $114,970

The stress rating: 67

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

7. Mathematician 

The major: Math (again, duh)

The salary: $112,560

The stress rating: 57

Source: Miramax

Source: Miramax

 

8. Actuary 

The major: Math, economics, or business are all good options

The salary: $110,560

The stress rating: 64

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

9. Astronomer 

The major: Astronomy

The salary: $110,220

The stress rating: 62

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

10. Economist

The major: Economics

The salary: $109,230

The stress rating: 59

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay

 

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