15 high-paying jobs for people who love to read

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Are you a self-proclaimed bookworm? Can you read quickly and comprehend every sentence you consume?

Good news: your passion for books and excellent reading skills may help land you a lucrative job.

Turns out there are a lot of high-paying professions out there that require strong reading comprehension skills.

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, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to find positions with a median annual salary of over $55,000 where reading comprehension is very important to the job.

O*NET ranks how important “understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents” is in any job, assigning each a reading comprehension importance score between 1 and 100.

Here are 15 high-paying positions with a score of 85 or higher:


Historians

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They research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.

Reading comprehension importance score: 94

Median salary: $55,800


Editors

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They plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication – and may also review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Reading comprehension importance score: 91

Median salary: $56,010


English language and literature professors

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They teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Some of these professors also engage in research.

Reading comprehension importance score: 97

Median salary: $61,990


Instructional designers and technologists

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They develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses. They also assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $62,270


Instructional coordinators

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They develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. This profession includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $62,270


Sociology professors

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They teach courses in sociology and conduct research.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $69,230


Molecular and cellular biologists

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They research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $75,150


Education administrators (elementary and secondary school)

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They plan, direct, or coordinate the academic or administrative activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $90,410


Neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists

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They apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

Reading comprehension importance score: 91

Median salary: $94,590


Political scientists

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They study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They may also study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology – and they sometimes analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. They may also conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $99,730


Law professors

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They teach courses in law and engage in research.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $105,250


Lawyers

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They represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. They may specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $115,820


Preventive medicine physicians

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They apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85

Median salary: $187,200


Allergists and immunologists

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They diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.

Reading comprehension importance score: 88

Median salary: $187,200


Sports medicine physicians

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They diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

Reading comprehension importance score: 88

Median salary: $187,200