21 jobs to avoid if you don’t want to stare at a computer all day

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If you have a desk job in corporate America, chances are your eyes are glued to a computer screen most of the day.

While most of us just accept this as “part of the job,” it certainly isn’t something everyone aspires to or enjoys.

However, if staring at a computer all day is something you find to be completely intolerable – or you’re just not all that tech savvy – there are certain jobs you’ll want to avoid.

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 “using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information” is a huge 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. Here are the jobs with a score of 98 or higher:


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Software developer (applications)

They develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. In addition, they analyze user needs and develop software solutions; design software or customize software for client use; analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team; and sometimes supervise computer programmers.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $98,260


Web administrator

They manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities – and perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $85,240


Multimedia artist or animator

They create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $63,970


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RFID specialist

They design and implement radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems used to track shipments or goods.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $98,270


Database administrator

They administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. They also coordinate changes to computer databases, and may plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $81,710


Geographic information systems technician

They assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems databases.

Computer importance level: 100

Median annual pay: $85,240


Computer programmer

They create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. They work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $79,530


Computer network support specialist

They analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, and perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $62,250


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Astronomer

They observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $104,100


Computer user support specialist

They provide technical assistance to computer users, and answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $48,620


Computer hardware engineer

They research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $111,730


Video game designer

They design core features of video games; specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies; create and maintain design documentation; and guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Computer importance level: 99

Median annual pay: $85,240


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Computer systems engineer/architect

They design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns – and perform systems management and integration functions.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $85,240


Computer and information systems manager

They plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $131,600


Bioinformatics scientist

They conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $75,150


Bioinformatics technician

They apply principles and methods of bioinformatics to assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. They also apply bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate or interpret molecular data.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $42,700


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Computer science professor

They teach courses in computer science and conduct research.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $74,840


Instructional designer or technologist

They develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $62,270


Mechanical drafter

They prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $53,520


Desktop publisher

They format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $39,840


Title examiners, abstractor, or searcher

They search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. They also compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

Computer importance level: 98

Median annual pay: $44,370