22 high-paying jobs for people who hate math

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Math Class Professor AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes 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, and looked at salary data on the 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 are 22 high-paying positions with a math importance level of 31 or less:

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22. Diagnostic medical sonographer

22. Diagnostic medical sonographer

Median salary: $68,390

Math importance level: 28

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

21. Power plant operator

21. Power plant operator

Median salary: $69,220

Math importance level: 28

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

20. Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

20. Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

Median salary: $70,820

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.

19. Philosophy and religion teacher, postsecondary

19. Philosophy and religion teacher, postsecondary

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 both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

18. Technical writer

18. Technical writer

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.

17. Dental hygienist

17. Dental hygienist

Median salary: $71,970

Math importance level: 22

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

16. Library science teacher, postsecondary

16. Library science teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $72,440

Math importance level: 28

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

15. History teacher, postsecondary

15. History teacher, postsecondary

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.

14. Clinical psychologist

14. Clinical psychologist

Median salary: $74,030

Math importance level: 31

Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. They then formulate and administer programs of treatment.

13. Ship engineer

13. Ship engineer

Median salary: $74,600

Math importance level: 25

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

12. Sociology teacher, postsecondary

12. Sociology teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $74,860

Math importance level: 28

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

11. Elevators installer and repairer

11. Elevators installer and repairer

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.

10. Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary

10. Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary

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 both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

9. Occupational therapist

9. Occupational therapist

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 persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

8. Political science teacher, postsecondary

8. Political science teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $82,670

Math importance level: 25

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

7. Director (stage, motion picture, television, radio)

7. Director (stage, motion picture, television, radio)

Median salary: $90,300

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.

6. Nurse midwife

6. Nurse midwife

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.

5. Judge, magistrate judge, and magistrate

5. Judge, magistrate judge, and magistrate

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.

4. Law teacher, postsecondary

4. Law teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $126,270

Math importance level: 25

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

3. Lawyer

3. Lawyer

Median salary: $133,470

Math importance level: 28

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

2. Pediatrician

2. Pediatrician

Median salary: $175,400

Math importance level: 31

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

1. Orthodontist

1. Orthodontist

Median salary: $201,030

Math importance level: 31

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

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