13 high-paying jobs for people who don’t want to stare at a computer all day


Transportation inspectors earn around $75,000 per year.

  • Despite the world’s reliance on computers, there are still jobs out there that require little to no screen time.
  • According to the US Department of Labor, many of these jobs are also fairly high-paying.
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There are plenty of jobs out there that don’t require your eyes to be glued to a screen — and the better news is that some of these pay really well.

If the idea of sitting at a desk and staring at a computer all day is something you find to be completely intolerable — or you’re just not all that tech-savvy — high-paying jobs from postal service mail carriers to anesthesiologist assistants may be of interest.

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Business Insider recently combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET)— a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs — to find positions where ” u sing computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information” is just a small part of the job.

O*NET ranks how important ” interacting with computers” is to every profession, assigning each an importance score between 1 and 100. We looked at the median annual pay for each job with a computer use importance score below 50 to find which ones typically pay more than $50,000 a year, and then ranked positions in order of least to highest annual pay.

Keep reading for a look at 13 high-paying jobs that require little to no screen time.

Subway and streetcar operators: $62,970

A subway operator at work.

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Signal and track switch repairers: $67,800

MTA repairers at work.


Signal and track switch repairers install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

Median annual pay:$67,800Computer importance level:49

Electrical power-line installers or repairers: $70,240

A power-line installer.


Electrical power-line installers or repairers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They may also erect poles and transmission towers.

Median annual pay:$70,240Computer importance level:41

First-line supervisor of construction trades and extraction workers: $70,540

A construction site.

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Transportation vehicle, equipment, or systems inspectors (except aviation): $75,330

A transportation inspector at work.


A ship engineer.

US Coast Guard

Ship engineers supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

Median annual pay:$75,710Computer importance level:39

Farm and ranch managers: $79,940

A farmer harvests his field at his farm in Pecatonica, Illinois.


Farm and ranch managers plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Median annual pay:$79,940Computer importance level:41

Ship, boat, or barge mates: $82,380

Container ships docked at the Port of Oakland.

Associated Press

Anesthesiologist assistants: $108,430

Anesthesiologists at work.


These health professionals assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. They also monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.

Median annual pay:$108,430Computer importance level:46

Obstetrician/gynecologists: $238,320

A gynecologist takes an ultrasound.

Orlin Wagner/AP Images

These doctors are physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. They may also provide general medical care to women.

Median annual pay:$238,320Computer importance level:44


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