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What is a low stress, well paid job?

  • 30-04-2022 1:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 22 StressedOot

    Currently I am on high 5 figures which just covers my bills, so I would need to replace it with something that pays quite well. I don't mind working shifts, but it has to be a "leave it at the door" sort of job, as all my career I have been guilty of not doing that, and I am exhausted.

    I don't have the financial security to take a career break.

    Any suggestions?



  • Registered Users Posts: 22 StressedOot

    haha. That would be far more than 5 figures, surely? I can't act and have two left feet!

    Was thinking something more like hospitality, retail. Obviously an issue is that I don't have the specialist quals for something like fashion buying, but I would be willing to retrain for 12-18 months....

    Plumber? Electrician? the apprenticeships take years though.

    Gardener? Landscaper?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,605 ✭✭✭ FintanMcluskey

    Some of the pharmaceutical technican roles in the pharmaceutical plants around the Dublin region are well paid.

    With shift work and a little overtime wages north of €70,000 are easily achieved.

    When the day is done the day is done in those jobs. Very little stress.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,605 ✭✭✭ FintanMcluskey

    OP did state they wouldn't mind shift.

    I won't do it myself, but it is a leave it at the door type, well paid position

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  • Registered Users Posts: 295 ✭✭ RossGeller

    "What is a low stress well paid job?" - The answer is it does not exist.

    Some might argue that Software Development falls in this category, but people who go into that generally love programming and I.T, so it's almost not like work. The same could be said for something like Actuary, but again these people tend to be great at Maths and problem solving, so they don't get stressed. An average person in these jobs would be stressed out all the time.

    So really High Pay = High Stress, unless you're super smart.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,426 ✭✭✭ maestroamado

    If you have the skills get an online work from home job and go to somewhere like small town Spain/Portugal... i know someone that is doing but they in their 20s and no ties...

  • Registered Users Posts: 22 StressedOot

    I suppose that is a large part to do with it. Where I am now, in management, is more "strategic" yuck, and less operational.

    I always really enjoyed practical jobs in hospitality I had while in college. Granted they were stress free because I was 20 without a mortgage, and downside, they were poorly paid.

    I like doing things that show tangible results, that is why I think a trade type job might be good for me.

    What I am doing now, while there are results, is quite stressful to me due to the nature of the work.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ spakman

    By and large, well paid jobs require skill and/or ability to manage.

    Both are likely to bring stress in terms of responsibility, deadlines etc

    Then there's the general office politics, personality clashes etc

    Any job has the potential to be stressful depending on the people involved

  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭ JayPS 2288

    You’d earn €70k at supervisory level.

    €90-€100 k at managerial level in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Operative/technician/chemist level would earn mid 40’s€. +20% shift allowance for evening / morning rotation, or 30% for shifts involving nights.

  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ spakman

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,605 ✭✭✭ FintanMcluskey

    Not the case.

    I'm involved in the industry.

    Mid 40s would get laughed at around Dublin.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭ JayPS 2288

    What’s your role in the industry? I’m a manager in a certain pharmaceutical company.

    I’m on €100k plus bonuses.

    The “bench workers”, QC, etc. earn mid 40’s starting salary, more if they rotate evening / morning shifts.

    Someone with no experience in the industry simply won’t walk into a mid 70’s salary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭ JayPS 2288

  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭ JayPS 2288

    How can you cut back your hours as a teacher? Do you not have to work the hours assigned to you? Usually 20 odd per week ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,993 ✭✭✭ Zardoz

    Actuary a low stress job ?

    There are huge burnout levels in the profession and the remuneration is a fraction of what it used to be.

    Constantly doing mental work is extremely tiring and demanding.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 22 StressedOot

    ok maybe "covering" was a bit facetious. I have enough to provide a good home and life for my family. We are not particularly flathuileach but we do live a nice life. No car loans, credit cards etc. Mortgage is high, I suppose.

    You're right though Bertie. And perhaps I need to stop caring about so much about my job!