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These Are The Highest Paying Desk Jobs For Anyone Who Isn’t Cut Out For Manual Labor

These Are The Highest Paying Desk Jobs For Anyone Who Isn't Cut Out For Manual Labor

At the age of 18, I was looking for a summer job that would allow me to do two things: save enough money to buy books come fall semester, and be accepting of me showing up hungover on a semi-daily basis. When I spun the wheel and landed on working at a greenhouse, I thought to myself, “Oh, perfect, I can get fresh air while working outside all day and have a killer tan all summer to boot.” Right?

Wrong. After my first day, I had the lower back pain of a 75-year-old man and was so exhausted that even the thought of bringing a beer to my lips felt like an uphill battle. I quickly quit that job knowing that it would’ve made my summer miserable, and I don’t think the greenhouse was all that upset that my then 160-pound body wasn’t going to be lazily towing around bags of mulch all summer while simultaneously smelling like the bottom of an Early Times bottle. It was at that moment that I knew I’d have to sit in front of a computer for the rest of my life if I intended to maintain the body that carries my mediocre golf game.

Today? I find myself sitting here blogging my face off on a daily basis. I could make a case for this being the best possible job your little heart desires if sitting behind a desk is your thing. But sometimes peace of mind and a ping pong table can only go so far, and money speaks to people on a different level than it does for me. Business Insider compiled a list of the seventeen highest-paying careers to pursue if sitting behind a desk is your thing. Which, if you’re reading this, I’d have to assume sitting behind a desk is your thing, so let’s figure out what jobs you need to be applying for if you’re looking to get paid.

17. Economist

Average annual pay: $105,290

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

16. Software developer (systems software)

Average annual pay: $106,050

Job outlook (2014-2024): 17%

15. Judge, magistrate judge, or magistrate

Average annual pay: $106,420

Job outlook (2014-2024): -1%

14. Personal financial adviser

Average annual pay: $108,090

Job outlook (2014-2024): 30%

13. Actuary

Average annual pay: $110,090

Job outlook (2014-2024): 18%

12. Computer hardware engineer

Average annual pay: $110,650

Job outlook (2014-2024): 3%

11. Computer and information research scientist

Average annual pay: $113,190

Job outlook (2014-2024): 11%

10. Human resources manager

Average annual pay: $114,140

Job outlook (2014-2024): 9%

9. Public relations and fundraising manager

Average annual pay: $115,400

Job outlook (2014-2024): 7%

8. General or operations manager

Average annual pay: $117,200

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

7. Compensation and benefits manager

Average annual pay: $118,670

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

6. Sales manager

Average annual pay: $126,040

Job outlook (2014-2024): 5%

5. Financial manager

Average annual pay: $130,230

Job outlook (2014-2024): 7%

4. Lawyer

Average annual pay: $133,470

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

3. Marketing manager

Average annual pay: $137,400

Job outlook (2014-2024): 9%

2. Computer and information systems manager

Average annual pay: $136,280

Job outlook (2014-2024): 15%

1. Chief executive

Average annual pay: $180,700

Job outlook (2014-2024): 6%

See, it’s easy to sit at a desk scrolling The New York Times all day. All you have to do is become a judge, a CEO, a lawyer, or someone that knows how to code shit. That doesn’t seem so hard, does it? Oh, those things all require an average of six years of school while also burdening you with enough debt that Greece would point the finger and laugh at you? Alright, yeah, point taken.

I guess your only move is to become a remote writer for us and pray you get called up to the big leagues after you put up a few columns. Seems easy enough.

[via Business Insider]

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Will deFries

Will deFries (@WilldeFries) is the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries. Senior Writer, Editor, and Content Manager. Email me at will@grandex.co.

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