Take Note: Non-Desk Jobs That Pay Well

Millions of Americans sit in a cubicle, behind a computer screen, chained to their desk all day, because the vast majority of stable, high-paying professions are “office jobs.” But a new analysis of labor market data from CareerBuilder reveals that hundreds of non-desk jobs are growing and thriving in the US. And some — even ones that don’t require a four-year degree — pay really well.

The data for the analysis, which was provided by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), CareerBuilder’s labor market data arm that pulls from more than 90 government and private resources, found that while most of the highest-paying non-desk jobs are medical professions that require a doctoral or professional degree, there are at least 170 non-desk occupations out there that pay $15 per hour or more, on average, and do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Median Hourly Earnings

2010-2014 Job Growth

Health Care Occupations
Dental Hygienists

$34.19

9%

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

$31.93

15%

Occupational Therapy Assistants

$26.57

14%

Construction & Extraction Occupations
Elevator Installers and Repairers

$37.81

6%

Boilermakers

$27.74

6%

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

$24.79

47%

Installation & Maintenance Occupations
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

$30.85

7%

Avionics Technicians*

$26.92

6%

Signal and Track Switch Repairers

$26.75

11%

Architecture & Engineering Occupations
Mechanical Engineering Technicians

$25.19

10%

Industrial Engineering Technicians

$25.01

6%

Electro-Mechanical Technicians

$24.68

8%

Green Energy Occupations
Wind Turbine Service Technicians

$23.79

21%

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

$19.04

22%

Miscellaneous Non-Desk Occupations
Locksmiths

$18.25

10%

Massage Therapists

$17.27

17%

Travel Guides

$16.26

7%

Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors

$15.88

8%

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