18 high-paying jobs for people who hate maths

• Hate maths? Don’t worry, you can still make bank.

• There are plenty of high-paying jobs you can pursue that don’t require a head for numbers.

• Judges, acupuncturists, and elevator repairers are just a few occupations that the maths-averse can take up.

Did you dread maths 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 maths 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 Labour database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $US70,000 that don’t require heavy maths skills.

O*NET ranks how important “using mathematics to solve problems” is in any job, assigning each a “maths importance level” between 1 and 100. Maths-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 maths importance level of 31 or less.


Ship engineer

Median salary: $US70,570

Maths importance level: 28

These engineers supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines.


Technical directors/managers

Median salary: $US70,950

Maths importance level: 28

This job requires coordinating the activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, for radio or television programs.


Stage, motion picture, television, and radio director

Median salary: $US70,950

Maths importance level: 28

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


History teacher, postsecondary

Median salary:$US71,820

Maths importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in human history and historiography.


Sociology teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $US71,840

Maths importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in sociology at the university or graduate level.


Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

Median salary: $US72,220

Maths 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.


Ship, boat, and barge mate

Median salary: $US72,680

Maths importance level: 31

Mates supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.


10. Dental hygienist

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Median salary: $US72,910

Maths importance level: 22

Hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease.


Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $US73,020

Maths 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.


Clinical psychologist

Median salary: $US73,270

Maths importance level: 31

Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests.


Acupuncturist

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Median salary: $US74,530

Maths importance level: 31

Acupuncturists provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents.


16. Power plant operator

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Median salary: $US74,690

Maths importance level: 28

Operators control and maintain machinery to generate electric power.


Elevators installer and repairer

Median salary: $US78,890

Maths importance level: 22

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


Political science teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $US79,210

Maths importance level: 25

These professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations.


Occupational therapist

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Median salary: $US81,910

Maths importance level: 28

OTs assess, plan, organise, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills.


Compliance manager

Median salary: $US104,970

Maths importance level: 28

Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organisation to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.


Law teacher, postsecondary

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Median salary: $US111,210

Maths importance level: 25

Law professors teach courses in law at a university or graduate level.


Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

Median salary: $US125,880

Maths importance level: 28

Judges arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law.

Emmie Martin and Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this article.

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