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Physics teacher writing math equations on a blackboardMany professions don’t require doing any of this.

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  • Math is important, but there are still plenty of ways to make a living without it. 
  • But finding a lucrative, numbers-free job isn’t easy. 
  • We did the work for you. Here are 24 high-paying jobs to check out. 

Did you dread math class as a kid? If so, that feeling has likely lingered and chances are, you’re not too keen on the idea of crunching a ton of numbers in your job. 

Luckily, there are plenty of high-paying jobs out there for the numerically-averse. 

We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website to find positions with a median annual salary of over $65,000 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, in reverse order of median salary, are 24 high-paying positions with a math-importance level of 31 or less:

24. Diagnostic medical sonographersonographerDiagnostic monographer make a median salary of $68,390.

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Median salary: $68,390

Math importance level: 28

Sonographers produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

23. Power-plant operatorpower plant operatorPower Plant operators make a median salary of $69,220.

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Median salary: $69,220

Math importance level: 28

Operators control and maintain machinery to generate electric power. This title also includes auxiliary-equipment operators.

22. Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspectortransportation inspectorVehicle inspectors make a median salary of $70,820.

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Median salary: $70,820

Math importance level: 25

Inspectors are in charge of checking and monitoring transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure that they comply with regulations and safety standards.

21. Philosophy and religion teacher, postsecondaryPhilosophy teacherPhilosophy teachers make a median salary of $71,350.

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Median salary: $71,350

Math importance level: 25

These professors teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology at the university or graduate level. The title includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

20. Technical writertechnical writer meetingTechnical writers make a median salary of $71,950.

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Median salary: $71,950

Math importance level: 16

These writers create technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. Writers may also assist in laying out the publications.

19. Dental hygienistdentist assistant dental hygienist teethDental hygienists make a median salary of $71,970.

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Median salary: $71,970

Math importance level: 22

Hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas and the head and neck for signs of disease. They may also educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, and apply fluoride or sealants.

18. Library-science teacher, postsecondaryBooks on shelf in library.Library science teachers make a median salary of $72,440.

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Median salary: $72,440

Math importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in library science at the university or graduate level. The title includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

17. History teacher, postsecondaryHistory teacherHistory teachers make a median salary of $73,720.

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Median salary: $73,720

Math importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in human history and historiography. The title includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

16. Clinical psychologistWoman psychologist talking to patientClinical psychologists make a median salary of $74,030.

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Median salary: $74,030

Math importance level: 31

Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of people through observations, interviews, and psychological tests. They then formulate and administer programs of treatment.

15. Ship engineerShip engineerShip engineer make a median salary of $74,600.

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Median salary: $74,600

Math importance level: 25

These engineers supervise and coordinate activities of crews engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard a ship.

14. Sociology teacher, postsecondarySociology teacherSociology teachers make a median salary of $74,860.

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Median salary: $74,860

Math importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in sociology at the university or graduate level. The title includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

13. Elevator installer and repairerelevator repairElevator repair workers make a median salary of $76,490.

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Median salary: $76,490

Math importance level: 22

These workers assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

12. Area, ethnic, and cultural-studies teacher, postsecondaryCultural studies

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Median salary: $78,120

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. The title includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

11. Occupational therapistoccupational therapistOccupational therapists make a median salary of $80,000.

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Median salary: $80,000

Math importance level: 25

OTs assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily-living skills, as well as general independence, to people with disabilities or developmental delays.

10. Political-science teacher, postsecondaryPolitical science professor

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Median salary: $82,670

Math importance level: 25

These professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. The title includes teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

9. Web AdministratorWeb administrator

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Median salary: $88,510

Math importance level: 28

Web administrators ensure that all web content is up to date. That includes fixing web page problems, ensuring links are working properly, and even implementing website security measures.

8. Director (stage, motion picture, television, radio)Film DirectorFilm directors make a median salary of $90,300.

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Median salary: $90,300

Math importance level: 28

Directors interpret scripts, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of the cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

7. Nurse midwifeA nurse holding a babyNurses make a median salary of $97,700.

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Median salary: $97,700

Math importance level: 31

Nurse midwives typically diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team.

6. Judge, magistrate judge, and magistrateJudge's GavelJudges make a median salary of $106,420.

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Median salary: $106,420

Math importance level: 28

Judges arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. They may sentence a defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines, determine liability of a defendant in civil cases, and perform wedding ceremonies.

5. Law teacher, postsecondaryLaw professor

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Median salary: $126,270

Math importance level: 25

Law professors teach courses in law at a university or graduate level. This title includes those primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

4. LawyerLawyerLawyers make a median salary of $133,470.

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Median salary: $133,470

Math importance level: 28

Lawyers represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions.

3. Pediatricianpediatrician child doctorPediatricians make a median salary of $175,400.

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Median salary: $175,400

Math importance level: 31

Pediatricians are physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.

2. ProsthodontistProsthodontistProsthodontists make a median salary of $185,150.
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Median salary: $185,150

Math importance level: 28

A lesser known job dealing with teeth— prosthodontists replace missing teeth in patients. 

1. OrthodontistOrthodontistOrthodontists make a median salary of $201,030.

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Median salary: $201,030

Math importance level: 31

Orthodontists examine, diagnose, and treat dental misalignments and oral-cavity anomalies.

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