If you’re good with your hands, that doesn’t mean you have to work in the tech industry to make great money. While many of the highest paying jobs in America do require technical skills, there are plenty of non-technical jobs that pay really well too. Check out these highest-paying non-technical jobs below and see if any of them look interesting to you! (Hint: They probably should.)
Who’s on this list?
Actuary, $123,670 per year; Statistician, $80,580 per year; and Mathematician/Statistician, $72,070 per year. These are just three of many options for workers who aren’t interested in building algorithms or coding websites but still want to enjoy excellent pay and job security (i.e., high demand). You might also consider studying business operations or finance.
Pay for business operations specialists can run from $59,650-$140,350 per year (average is around $91K) while compensation for finance professionals ranges from about $38K-$84K ($61K on average). Both fields require at least some postsecondary education but may allow you more time off during school than traditional engineering roles.
What do they do?
One of the biggest things you’ll need is motivation. As much as we’d like to believe that we’re working for ourselves, for our own reasons, we work because someone else gives us an incentive to do so—whether it’s because they pay us or because there are consequences if we don’t produce (like getting fired).
You also have internal motivations: If you’re interested in something, or find it meaningful and/or challenging, that’s often enough to get you going; when you enjoy what you do (in other words, when it matters) doing things well comes naturally. And remember that ultimately your career is not about what anyone else thinks; if it isn’t right for you, no amount of outside encouragement will help.
What skills/certifications will I need?
The skills and certifications you will require are those that are relevant to each job you’re applying for, of course. That could include anything from being fluent in Spanish, having a certain type of software knowledge or certification, or even having good people skills.
You can learn more about what you’ll need depending on which role you’re applying for in our guide The skills and certification you will require are those that are relevant to each job you’re applying for, of course. That could include anything from being fluent in Spanish, having a certain type of software knowledge or certification, or even having good people skills.
How much can I expect to earn?
According to data collected by Glassdoor, there’s at least one job on their list that can bring in more than $200,000 annually. But it’s also important to consider how much you want to work and how quickly you want your earnings potential to grow – especially if you’re not excited about specializing in a single industry or sector of expertise.
For instance, business consultants may take home $200K+ salaries but likely aren’t going to see their income double during their first five years (and sometimes not even during their first decade) as an employee or contractor for one company/client relationship or another. It’s never too early or too late for change – but that doesn’t mean it won’t require hard work and sacrifice on your part either way.
Who else is hiring?
There are several career websites that can help you find your next job. My favorite is Glassdoor because it allows people to post their salaries anonymously and reports recent hires, so you can get a feel for what’s happening at different companies in your city.
Simply search for positions that interest you, scroll down, and click on Employers in order to see who is hiring for those roles—and what people think of them. You can also use LinkedIn; checking out an employer’s job openings is easy from there, as well as reading reviews from former employees who work there now—and talking directly with other employees if they’re willing to share their experiences with you.
Where should I look for help along the way?
Whether you’re just starting your career or looking for a change, there are several good places to find help along the way. If you have an idea of what kind of job you want but aren’t sure how to get started, try checking out sites like CareerBuilder and Monster.
These resources can help connect you with job openings in your area and give you some insight into what employers are looking for in candidates. You can also check out niche job boards like SimplyHired or Indeed if your interests lie more with specific companies than general roles within industries. LinkedIn is another great resource that can connect you with professionals who work at companies that interest you—and it’s free!