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18 High-paying Jobs For People Who Hate Mathematics


You don't have to love math to make a good salary.
Did you dread math class as a kid? If so, that feeling probably didn't go away, and you're likely not too keen on the idea of doing math as a career.

Luckily, there are plenty of high-paying jobs for those who can't stand the thought of crunching numbers and sifting through data all day.
We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $70,000 that don't require heavy math skills.
O*NET ranks how important "using mathematics to solve problems" is in any job, assigning each a "math importance level" between 1 and 100. Math-centric positions, such as mathematicians and statisticians, rank between 90 and 100 on the spectrum, while jobs such as massage therapists and actors are under 10.
Here are the highest-paying positions with a math importance level of 31 or less.

Ship engineer

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Ship engineer
 (Babak Farrokhi/Flickr)
Median salary: $70,570
Math importance level: 28
These engineers supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines.

Technical directors/managers

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Technical directors/managers
 (Vancouver Film School/Flickr)
Median salary: $70,950
Math importance level: 28
This job requires coordinating the activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, for radio or television programs.

Stage, motion picture, television, and radio director

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Stage, motion picture, television, and radio director
 (Vancouver Film School/Flickr)
Median salary: $70,950
Math importance level: 28
Directors interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

History teacher, postsecondary

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History teacher, postsecondary
 (Flickr/Robert Scoble)
Median salary: $71,820
Math importance level: 28
These professors teach courses in human history and historiography.

Sociology teacher, postsecondary

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Sociology teacher, postsecondary
 (Flickr / Velkr0)
Median salary: $71,840
Math importance level: 28
These professors teach courses in sociology at the university or graduate level.

Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

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Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector
 (Brian Eager/Flickr)
Median salary: $72,220
Math importance level: 25
Inspectors are in charge of inspecting and monitoring transportation equipment, vehicles, and/or systems to ensure that they comply with regulations and safety standards.

Ship, boat, and barge mate

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Ship, boat, and barge mate
 (Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters)
Median salary: $72,680
Math importance level: 31
Mates supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.

10. Dental hygienist

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10. Dental hygienist
 (John Moore/Getty Images)
Median salary: $72,910
Math importance level: 22
Hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease.

Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary

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Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary
 (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)
Median salary: $73,020
Math importance level: 25
These professors teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs.

Clinical psychologist

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Clinical psychologist
 (Joe Houghton/flickr)
Median salary: $73,270
Math importance level: 31
Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests.

Acupuncturist

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Acupuncturist
 (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Median salary: $74,530
Math importance level: 31
Acupuncturists provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents.

16. Power plant operator

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16. Power plant operator
 (Ashley Pon/Getty Images)
Median salary: $74,690
Math importance level: 28
Operators control and maintain machinery to generate electric power.

Elevators installer and repairer

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Elevators installer and repairer
 (Kai Hendry/Flickr)
Median salary: $78,890
Math importance level: 22
These workers assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Political science teacher, postsecondary

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Political science teacher, postsecondary
 (Flickr / University of Liverpool Faculty of Health & Life Sciences)
Median salary: $79,210
Math importance level: 25
These professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations.

Occupational therapist

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Occupational therapist
 (Ben Sklar/Getty images)
Median salary: $81,910
Math importance level: 28
OTs assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills.

Compliance manager

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Compliance manager
 (Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr)
Median salary: $104,970
Math importance level: 28
Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

Law teacher, postsecondary

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Law teacher, postsecondary
 (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Median salary: $111,210
Math importance level: 25
Law professors teach courses in law at a university or graduate level.

Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

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Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates
 (Wikimedia Commons)
Median salary: $125,880
Math importance level: 28
Judges arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law.
Emmie Martin and Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this article.

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