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An active job is great for those who want to avoid being sedentary. There are many careers that have high pay but don't involve sitting in a cubicle. Explore these jobs that require being on your feet or getting some exercise while you work.

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High-Paying Active Jobs

This is a list of high-paying active jobs. These careers are great for people who like to work on their feet instead of sitting in front of a computer.

Job Title Median Pay (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Dental Hygienist $72,910 19%
Mechanical Engineering Technician $54,480 2%
Telecom Technicians $53,640 -4%
Occupational Therapy Assistant $59,010 43%
Boilermaker $62,060 9%
Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer $68,010 11%
Elevator Installer and Repairer $78,890 13%
Farmer, Rancher, and Other Agricultural Manager $66,360 -2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are typically well-paid and use their hands almost continually to do basic dental work that dentists usually do not perform themselves. They work on their feet to take x-rays and perform teeth cleanings or other types of preventative care. To become a dental hygienist, as associate's degree is required and a license must be obtained.

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical engineering technicians work with their hands to assist mechanical engineers. They may design, assemble and test machines and other equipment. To get into the lucrative career as a mechanical engineering technician, an associate's degree or postsecondary vocational training is usually required.

Telecom Technician

Telecom technicians install and repair telecommunications devices. They set up and maintain phone lines and internet access lines. To earn a good wage as a telecom technician, postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computer technology is usually required, and those with an associate's degree may have the best job prospects. There is usually on-the-job training, and in some cases certification is required.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants are well-paid to provide direct hands-on therapy to patients. The aim of an occupational therapist assistant is to restore a patient's skills for living and working. To become an occupational therapy assistant, an associate's degree is required. A license is mandatory in most states.

Boilermaker

Boilermakers earn top wages to install and repair boilers, tanks, and vats. Many boilermakers work with boilers that provide heat, while others work with tanks that store liquids and gases. A high school diploma is required to become a boilermaker. An apprenticeship program of 4-5 years is required with welding experience and mathematics knowledge preferred.

Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer

Electrical power-line installers and repairers climb poles or towers and use truck-mounted buckets to install and repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables between buildings. A high school diploma is required, and mathematics knowledge is preferred. Long-term on the job training or apprenticeships are necessary to become a highly-paid electrical power-line installer and repairer.

Elevator Installer and Repairer

As one might think, elevator installers and repairers work on elevators, but these well-paid professionals also work on escalators, moving walkways, and other life systems. A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an elevator installer or repairer. It is preferred that applicants have knowledge in mathematics and mechanical drawing. An apprenticeship is required to learn the trade, and a majority of states require licenses.

Farmer, Rancher, and Other Agricultural Manager

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers earn high wages to work hands-on for farms or other businesses that produce crops, livestock, dairy, or a combination of those products. They usually have a high school diploma or equivalent and gain skills through experience, although some jobs require postsecondary education, such as an associate's or bachelor's degree in an agricultural field. As of 2016, the BLS suggests that agricultural managers may have the brightest job prospects among these workers.

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