18 high-paying jobs for people who hate math

• Hate math? 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 math-averse can take up.

Did you dread math 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 math 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 Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of occupations, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $70,000 that don't require heavy math skills.

O*NET ranks how important "using mathematics to solve problems" is in any job, assigning each a "math importance level" between 1 and 100. Math-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 math importance level of 31 or less:

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Ship engineer

Median salary: $70,570

Math importance level: 28

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

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Technical directors/managers

Median salary: $70,950

Math importance level: 28

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

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Stage, motion picture, television, and radio director

Median salary: $70,950

Math importance level: 28

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

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History teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $71,820

Math importance level: 28

These professors teach courses in human history and historiography. 

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Sociology teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $71,840

Math importance level: 28

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

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Transportation vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector

Median salary: $72,220

Math 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. 

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Ship, boat, and barge mate

Median salary: $72,680

Math importance level: 31

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

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10. Dental hygienist

Median salary: $72,910

Math importance level: 22

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

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Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $73,020

Math 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. 

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Clinical psychologist

Median salary: $73,270

Math importance level: 31

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

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Acupuncturist

Median salary: $74,530

Math importance level: 31

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

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16. Power plant operator

Median salary: $74,690

Math importance level: 28

Operators control and maintain machinery to generate electric power. 

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Elevators installer and repairer

Median salary: $78,890

Math importance level: 22

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

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Political science teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $79,210

Math importance level: 25

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

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Occupational therapist

Median salary: $81,910

Math importance level: 28

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

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Compliance manager

Median salary: $104,970

Math importance level: 28

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

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Law teacher, postsecondary

Median salary: $111,210

Math importance level: 25

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

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Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

Median salary: $125,880

Math 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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