28 high-paying jobs for people who hate science

Science certainly isn’t everyone’s “thing.” However, if you want to become a doctor, astronomer, or pharmacist, you’ll need to learn to like it.

Luckily, though, there are also plenty of high-paying jobs out there that don’t involve much science.

We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labour database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labour Statistics website, to find positions with a low “science importance” score, and an average annual salary of over $60,000

O*NET ranks how important “using scientific rules and methods to solve problems” is in any job, assigning each a score between one and 100. Science-centric positions, such as chemist and veterinarian, rank between 80 and 100 on the spectrum, while jobs such as travel guide and musician are under five.

Here are 28 positions with a science-importance level of 19 or less, and a mean annual salary of $60,000 or more:

Human resources specialist

Average salary: $62,590

Science importance level: 6

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, like compensation and benefits, and employee training.

Public relations specialist

Average salary: $64,050

Science importance level: 10

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favourable public image for the organisation they represent. They also design media releases to shape public perception of their organisation and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

Editor

Average salary: $64,140

Science importance level: 3

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

First-line supervisor of mechanics, installers, and repairers

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Average salary: $64,670

Science importance level: 19

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Property, real estate, or community association manager

Average salary: $65,880

Science importance level: 13

Property, real estate, and community association managers take care of the many aspects of residential, commercial, or industrial properties. They make sure the property is well maintained, has a nice appearance, and preserves its resale or leasing value.

Multimedia artist or animator

Average salary: $69,410

Science importance level: 0

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Technical writer

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Average salary: $71,950

Science importance level: 6

Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

School psychologist

Average salary: $74,030

Science importance level: 16

School psychologists typically diagnose and treat mental disorders, learning disabilities, and cognitive, behavioural, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies.

Athlete

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Average salary: $78,260

Science importance level: 19

Athletes and sports competitors participate in organised, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.

Real estate broker

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Average salary: $80,420

Science importance level: 3

Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties. Although brokers and agents do similar work, brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses -- while sales agents must work with a real estate broker.

First-line supervisor of non-retail sales workers

Average salary: $84,010

Science importance level: 3

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. They may perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.

Broadcast news analyst

Average salary: $84,380

Science importance level: 10

Broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally.

Financial examiner

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Average salary: $86,460

Science importance level: 6

Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management.

Director (stage, motion pictures, television, or radio)

Average salary: $90,300

Science importance level: 0

Directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theatre, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer's script to entertain or inform an audience.

Producer

Average salary: $90,300

Science importance level: 3

Producers also create motion pictures, television shows, live theatre, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer's script to entertain or inform an audience.

Administrative law judge, adjudicator, or hearing officer

Average salary: $91,530

Maths importance level: 13

Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. They also determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

Financial analyst

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Average salary: $92,250

Science importance level: 19

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Art director

Average salary: $97,850

Science importance level: 10

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.

Software developer (systems software)

Average salary: $106,050

Science importance level: 16

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.

Public relations and fundraising managers

Average salary: $115,400

Science importance level: 13

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 organisation.

Compensation and benefits manager

Average salary: $118,670

Science importance level: 10

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

Air traffic controller

Average salary: $118,780

Science importance level: 19

Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart.

Sales manager

Average salary: $126,040

Science importance level: 13

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

Law professor

Average salary: $126,270

Science importance level: 19

Law professors teach courses in law at the college or university level. They typically do a combination of teaching and research.

Financial manager (branch or department)

Average salary: $130,230

Science importance level: 10

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

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