When most people think of stable, high-paying jobs, they imagine sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer screen, doing some type of highly specialized work that requires a four-year degree. And while that’s often the case, it turns out there are many, many exceptions to the rule.
As Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider reports, the folks at CareerBuilder’s labor market data arm, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., have crunched the numbers and found there are at least 170 jobs that (a) pay more than $15 per hour, (b) do not require you to park your butt at a desk all day, and (c) do not require a bachelor’s degree.
They range from the traditional likes of dental hygienist, which makes the list at No. 2 with median hourly earnings of $34.19, to avionics technician, a job that requires one to “install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles,” according to the U.S. Labor Bureau. Avionics technicians are liable to make $26.92 per hour, and over the last four years, there’s been 6 percent job growth in the field.
Read on to see the entire top 10, ranked in terms of earnings.
1. Elevator Installer/Repairer
Median hourly earnings: $37.81
2. Dental Hygienist
Median hourly earnings: $34.19
3. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Median hourly earnings: $31.93
4. Electrical Power-Line Installer/Repairer
Median hourly earnings: $30.85
5. Avionics Technician
Median hourly earnings: $26.92
6. Signal and Track Switch Repairer
Median hourly earnings: $26.75
7. Occupational Therapy Assistant
Median hourly earnings: $26.57
8. Mechanical Engineering Technician
Median hourly earnings: $25.19
9. Industrial Engineering Technician
Median hourly earnings: $25.01
10. Rotary Drill Operator, Oil and Gas
Median hourly earnings: $24.79