The 17 highest-paying jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

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Some people can't stand the thought of spending their work days in a cubicle, behind a computer screen, chained to their swivel chair - but others really don't mind working a desk job.

If you identify with the latter group, you've probably been warned of all the dangers of sitting for eight hours a day. But here's some good news: There are lots of high-paying jobs for people who prefer not to be on their feet.

We looked through salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website to find the highest-paying professions where workers typically spend a majority of their day at a desk. We also looked at the employment outlook - t he projected percent change in employment from 2014 to 2024 - to give you a better idea of which jobs will be around in the future.

Here are 17 that pay over $100,000 a year, on average:

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The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Economist

Average annual pay: $105,290

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Software developer (systems software)

Average annual pay: $106,050

Job outlook (2014-2024): 17%

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device, while others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Judge, magistrate judge, or magistrate

Average annual pay: $106,420

Job outlook (2014-2024): -1%

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



The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Personal financial adviser

Average annual pay: $108,090

Job outlook (2014-2024): 30%

Personal financial advisers provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Actuary

Average annual pay: $110,090

Job outlook (2014-2024): 18%

Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur, and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Their work is essential to the insurance industry.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Computer hardware engineer

Average annual pay: $110,650

Job outlook (2014-2024): 3%

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. These engineers discover new directions in computer hardware, which generate rapid advances in computer technology.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Computer and information research scientist

Average annual pay: $113,190

Job outlook (2014-2024): 11%

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Human resources manager

Average annual pay: $114,140

Job outlook (2014-2024): 9%

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization's management and its employees.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Public relations and fundraising manager

Average annual pay: $115,400

Job outlook (2014-2024): 7%

Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

General or operations manager

Average annual pay: $117,200

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

General and operations managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Compensation and benefits manager

Average annual pay: $118,670

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

Compensation managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Sales manager

Average annual pay: $126,040

Job outlook (2014-2024): 5%

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations' sales representatives.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Financial manager

Average annual pay: $130,230

Job outlook (2014-2024): 7%

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Lawyer

Average annual pay: $133,470

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Marketing manager

Average annual pay: $137,400

Job outlook (2014-2024): 9%

Marketing managers plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. They also develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring customers are satisfied.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Computer and information systems manager

Average annual pay: $136,280

Job outlook (2014-2024): 15%

Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

The 17 highest-paying  jobs for people who don't mind sitting at a desk all day

Chief executive

Average annual pay: $180,700

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

Chief executives, also known as CEOs, determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. They plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

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