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- For those who love reading, there are plenty of jobs that require a lot of research and writing.
- Luckily, many of these positions are also high-paying – ranging from unsurprising jobs such as English professors to perhaps more unexpected careers, such as physicians.
- Using data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database, we looked at positions with a median annual salary of over $65,000 where reading comprehension is very important to the job.
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Are you a self-proclaimed bookworm? Can you read quickly and comprehend every sentence you consume?
Good news: your passion for books and excellent reading skills may help land you a lucrative job. Turns out there are a lot of high-paying professions out there that require strong reading comprehension skills.
Business Insider recently 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 where reading comprehension is very important to the job.
O*NET ranks how important “understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents” is in any job, assigning each a reading comprehension importance score between 1 and 100.
Here are 27 high-paying positions with a score of 80 or higher, in order of lowest to highest pay:
English language and literature professors
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They research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.
Labor Relations Specialists
According to O*NET, labor relations specialists may have to “resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.”
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
Social work professors instruct college students in the subject matter. Many also conduct research in addition to teaching classes.
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Epidemiologists study patterns and preventions of diseases.
Climate Change Analysts
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These analysts are charged with researching and analyzing policies and legislations, along with campaigning and fundraising relative to climate change.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
These professors instruct college students in philosophy and religion courses.
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
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According to O*NET, these instructors “teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group” in addition to researching.
History Teachers, Postsecondary
These professors instruct college students in history courses.
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According to O*NET, these engineers are charged with designing and analyzing operational solutions for projects ranging from transportation to shipment optimization.
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School psychologists work in educational environments and help maintain student records as apart of their job. They also interpret test results and report pertinent information.
Molecular and cellular biologists
Molecular and cellular biologists research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.
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Geneticists research inherited traits (ranging from molecular to population level).
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Financial examiners investigate institutions to ensure legal transactions.
These analysts gather intelligence from sources such as law enforcement databases or surveillance.
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
These professors instruct college students in anthropological and archeological studies.
According to O*Net, “Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.” Additionally, research and designing fall under environmental engineering duties.
Informatics Nurse Specialists
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Informatics nurse specialists assist with the ongoing development of computerized health care systems.” According to O*NET, “[Informatics nurse specialists] may educate staff and assist in problem-solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.”
Education administrators (elementary and secondary school)
Education administrators plan, direct, or coordinate the academic or administrative activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.
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According to O*NET, these psychologists “apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems.” Additionally, they often help devise training programs.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
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These positions deal with nearly all governmental matters, claims, settlements, and trial activities, along with researching and analyzing laws.
Neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists
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Neuropsychologists apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
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Law professors teach courses in law and engage in research.
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Lawyers represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. They may specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Preventive medicine physicians
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These physicians apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death.
Allergists and immunologists
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Allergists and immunologists diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.
Sports medicine physicians
Sports medicine physicians diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.
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These doctors treat patients with genitourinary system disorders.