Good news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend their days in a cubicle, behind a computer screen, chained to their desk all day: Some of the highest-paying careers in America are non-desk jobs.
A new analysis of labour market data provided by Economic Modelling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), CareerBuilder’s labour market data arm that pulls from more than 90 government and private resources, found that 90% of these jobs are medical professions that require a doctoral or professional degree — but there are tons of great options for those without a college diploma.
“The US workforce has gradually shifted to office-based work due to the rise of the professional services economy and productivity gains associated with information technology,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, in a press statement. “But some of the healthiest areas of job growth year-after-year are in middle-skill occupations that don’t require workers to sit in front of computer monitors and phones for 40 hours a week.”
Aaron Taube contributed to an earlier version of this article.
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