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12 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Don't Like Math

Max Nisen
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Math is an essential skill for many jobs, and one that's rightly emphasized at every level of education. But some people don't have the knack or inclination to study it and certainly don't want to spend their workdays doing long division.

For those people, we took a look through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database of detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find high-paying jobs where math skills aren't important.

Based on extensive surveys and data collection,  O*NET ranks the importance of math skills in a given job — defined as "using mathematics to solve problems" — on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 signifying that math is very important. For example, statisticians have a math importance rating of 97.

We pulled out the jobs where you won't need to do much math, but you can still make a nice living. The average  household income in the United States is $51,017. These are median salary figures, so those with experience can earn substantially more. They're ordered by where O*NET scores them on the importance of math skills. 

1. Technical writers

Median yearly salary: $65,500

Math skill importance: 16

2. Power Plant Operators

Median yearly salary: $66,130

Math skill importance: 22

3. Dental Hygienists

Median yearly salary: $70,210

Math skill importance: 22

4. Elevator Installers and Repairers

Median yearly salary: $76,650

Math skill importance: 22

5. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Median yearly salary: $62,160

Math skill importance: 25

6. Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

Median yearly salary: $68,810

Math skill importance: 28

7. Technical Directors/Managers for Radio and Television

Median yearly salary: $71,350

Math skill importance: 28

8. Orthoptists

Median yearly salary: $72,710

Math skill importance: 28

9. Acupuncturist

Median yearly salary: $72,710

Math skill importance: 31

10 . Occupational Therapist

Median yearly salary: $75,400

Math skill importance: 31

11. Nursery and Greenhouse Managers

Median yearly salary: $69,300

Math skill importance: 35

12. Subway and Streetcar Operators

Median yearly salary: $62,730

Math skill importance: 38

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