16 high-paying jobs for people who don't want to sit at a desk all day

dental hygienist

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Dental hygienists rake in about $34.19 an hour.

Millions of Americans sit in a cubicle, behind a computer screen, chained to their desk all day, because the vast majority of stable, high-paying professions are "office jobs."

But a new analysis of labor market data from CareerBuilder reveals that hundreds of non-desk jobs are growing and thriving in the US. And some - even ones that don't require a four-year degree - pay really, really well.

The data for the analysis, which was provided by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), CareerBuilder's labor market data arm that pulls from more than 90 government and private resources, found that while most of the highest-paying non-desk jobs are medical professions that require a doctoral or professional degree, there are at least 170 non-desk occupations out there that pay $15 per hour or more, on average, and do not require a bachelor's degree.Advertisement

Aaron Taube contributed to an earlier version of this article.

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Median hourly earnings: $34.19

Job growth from 2010-2014: 9%

BLS job description: Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease.

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Median hourly earnings: $25.19

Job growth from 2010-2014: 10%

BLS job description: Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

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Elevator Installer/Repairer

Elevator Installer/Repairer

Median hourly earnings: $37.81

Job growth from 2010-2014: 6%

BLS job description: Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Median hourly earnings: $26.57

Job growth from 2010-2014: 14%

BLS job description: Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures.

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Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas

Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas

Median hourly earnings: $24.79

Job growth from 2010-2014: 47%

BLS job description: Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Fitness Trainer/Aerobics Instructor

Fitness Trainer/Aerobics Instructor

Median hourly earnings: $15.88

Job growth from 2010-2014: 8%

BLS job description: Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

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Electrical Power-Line Installer/Repairer

Electrical Power-Line Installer/Repairer

Median hourly earnings: $30.85

Job growth from 2010-2014: 7%

BLS job description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Travel Guide

Travel Guide

Median hourly earnings: $16.26

Job growth from 2010-2014: 7%

BLS job description: Plan, organize, and conduct long distance travel , tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Median hourly earnings: $31.93

Job growth from 2010-2014: 15%

BLS job description: Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Signal and Track Switch Repairer

Signal and Track Switch Repairer

Median hourly earnings: $26.75

Job growth from 2010-2014: 11%

BLS job description: Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

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Avionics Technician

Avionics Technician

Median hourly earnings: $26.92

Job growth from 2010-2014: 6%

BLS job description: Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.

Wind Turbine Service Technician

Wind Turbine Service Technician

Median hourly earnings: $23.79

Job growth from 2010-2014: 21%

BLS job description: Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.

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Industrial Engineering Technician

Industrial Engineering Technician

Median hourly earnings: $25.01

Job growth from 2010-2014: 6%

BLS job description: Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff.

Locksmith

Locksmith

Median hourly earnings: $18.25

Job growth from 2010-2014: 10%

BLS job description: Repair and open locks; make keys; and change locks and safe combinations.

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Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Median hourly earnings: $19.04

Job growth from 2010-2014: 22%

BLS job description: Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics.

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

Median hourly earnings: $17.27

Job growth from 2010-2014: 17%

BLS job description: Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

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