The 25 highest-paying jobs for people who don’t want to sit at a desk all day

Veterinarians earn $42 an hour.

Stepping into the real world doesn’t have to mean being chained to a cubicle for the rest of your life.

Some of the most lucrative careers in the US are nondesk jobs, according to an analysis of data provided by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., CareerBuilder’s labor market data arm that pulls from over 90 government and private resources.

It turns out that 90% of these jobs are medical professions that require a doctoral or professional degree — but there are a wealth of high-paying options for those without a college diploma.

If you don’t like the idea of sitting at a desk all day, consider these 25 professions.

Aaron Taube contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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25. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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Median hourly pay: $31.93

BLS job description: Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

24. Producers and Directors
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Median hourly pay: $33.40

BLS job description: Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

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