25 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Hate Maths

Maths Class ProfessorAP Photo/Damian DovarganesYou don’t have to love maths to make a good salary.

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 $US65,000 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.

22. Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teacher, Postsecondary

Median salary: $US66,770

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. The title includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

19. Clinical Psychologist

Median salary: $US67,760

Maths importance level: 28

Psychologists diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. They then formulate and administer programs of treatment.

16. Power Plant Operator

Median salary: $US68, 100

Maths importance level: 28

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

12. Mate -- Ship, Boat, and Barge

Median salary: $US69,920

Maths importance level: 28

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

11. Nursery and Greenhouse Manager

Median salary: $US70, 110

Maths importance level: 28

Greenhouse managers plan, organise, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

10. Dental Hygienist

Median salary: $US71,110

Maths importance level: 25

Hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. They may also educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x-rays, and apply fluoride or sealants.

8. Acupuncturist

Median salary: $US72,870

Maths importance level: 31

Acupuncturists provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. They may also provide massage treatment or preventive treatments.

6. Commercial Pilot

Median salary: $US74, 470

Maths importance level: 28

Pilots navigate the flight of fixed-winged aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes or helicopters. This position requires Commercial Pilot certification, and includes charter pilots with similar certification, as well as air ambulance and air tour pilots.

5. Occupational Therapist

Median salary: $US76, 940

Maths importance level: 28

OTs assess, plan, organise, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

1. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Median salary: $US118, 150

Maths importance level: 31

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.

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