22 high-paying jobs for people who hate math

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.


22. Diagnostic medical sonographer

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A sonographer.
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Don Richards/Flickr

Median salary: $73,860

Math importance level: 28

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


21. Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

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A vehicle inspector.
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Brian Eager/Flickr

Median salary: $75,330

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.


20. Library-science teacher, postsecondary

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A science teacher.
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Vancouver Film School/Flickr

Median salary: $75,450

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.


19. Technical writer

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A technical writer.
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Vancouver Film School/Flickr

Median salary: $75,500

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.


18. Dental hygienist

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A dental hygienist.
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Boston Globe/Contributor/Getty Images

Median salary: $75,500

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.


17. Ship engineer

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A ship.
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Babak Farrokhi/Flickr

Median salary: $75,710

Math importance level: 28

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.


16. Power plant operator

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A Power plant operator.
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Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Median salary: $78,030

Math importance level: 28

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


15. Elevators installer and repairer

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An elevator repairer.
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Kai Hendry/Flickr

Median salary: $79,370

Math importance level: 22

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


14. Stage, motion picture, television, and radio director

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A film crew.
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Vancouver Film School/Flickr

Median salary: $81,610

Math importance level: 28

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


13. Philosophy and religion teacher, postsecondary

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A professor.
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University of Michigan SNRE/Flickr

Median salary: $82,420

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.


12. Sociology teacher, postsecondary

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A college professor.
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Joby Elliott/flickr

Median salary: $83,310

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.


11. History teacher, postsecondary

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Students in class.
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Flickr/Robert Scoble

Median salary: $83,990

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.


10. Occupational therapist

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An occupational therapist.
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Ben Sklar/Getty images

Median salary: $85,350

Math importance level: 28

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.


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

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A college professor.
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REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Median salary: $85,450

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.


8. Clinical psychologist

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A psychologist.
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Joe Houghton/flickr

Median salary: $86,600

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.


7. Political science teacher, postsecondary

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A college classroom.
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Flickr / University of Liverpool Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

Median salary: $99,480

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.


6. Nurse midwife

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A nurse midwife.
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ChameleonsEye /Shutterstock.com

Median salary: $106,910

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. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

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A courtroom.
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Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Katherine Dowd

Median salary: $121,130

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

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Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Median salary: $130,710

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.


3. Lawyer

Median salary: $144,230

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.


2. Pediatrician

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A pediatrician.
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Army Medicine/flickr

Median salary: $183,240

Math importance level: 31

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


1. Orthodontist

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Orthodontist examining x-ray.
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Wonderlane/flickr

Median salary: $225,760

Math importance level: 31

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