27 high-paying jobs for people who love to read

There are many high-paying jobs that require a lot of reading.

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There are many high-paying jobs that require a lot of reading.
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  • For those who love reading, there are plenty of jobs that require a lot of research and writing.
  • Luckily, many of these positions are also high-paying – ranging from unsurprising jobs such as English professors to perhaps more unexpected careers, such as physicians.
  • Using data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database, we looked at positions with a median annual salary of over $65,000 where reading comprehension is very important to the job.
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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 $65,000 where reading comprehension is very important to the job.

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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 27 high-paying positions with a score of 80 or higher, in order of lowest to highest pay:


English language and literature professors

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A professor instructs a classroom of students.
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They research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying historical documents and sources.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: $78,150


Labor Relations Specialists

According to O*NET, labor relations specialists may have to “resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.”

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $67,790


Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

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A professor lecturing a class.
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Social work professors instruct college students in the subject matter. Many also conduct research in addition to teaching classes.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $68,300


Epidemiologists

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An epidemiologist examines the sample taken from a patient thought to be infected with influenza A (H1N1) virus.
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Epidemiologists study patterns and preventions of diseases.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $69,660


Climate Change Analysts

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Melting icebergs show climate change in some of the world’s coldest regions.
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These analysts are charged with researching and analyzing policies and legislations, along with campaigning and fundraising relative to climate change.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $71,130


Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

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A professor addresses his students.
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These professors instruct college students in philosophy and religion courses.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $71,890


Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

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A professor instructing a student.
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According to O*NET, these instructors “teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group” in addition to researching.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $74,440


History Teachers, Postsecondary

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The Natural History Museum in New York.
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These professors instruct college students in history courses.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $74,590


Logistics Engineers

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Engineers at work.
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According to O*NET, these engineers are charged with designing and analyzing operational solutions for projects ranging from transportation to shipment optimization.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $74,600


School Psychologists

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A school psychologist.
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School psychologists work in educational environments and help maintain student records as apart of their job. They also interpret test results and report pertinent information.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $76,990


Molecular and cellular biologists

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Biologists in a lab.
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Molecular and cellular biologists research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

Reading comprehension importance score: 85 Median salary: $79,590


Geneticists

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Geneticists at work.
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Geneticists research inherited traits (ranging from molecular to population level).

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $79,590


Financial Examiners

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Financial examiners look at detailed reports.
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Financial examiners investigate institutions to ensure legal transactions.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $80,180


Intelligence Analysts

These analysts gather intelligence from sources such as law enforcement databases or surveillance.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $81,920


Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

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An American archaeology student unearths a skeleton during excavation works at the first-ever Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon National Park.
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These professors instruct college students in anthropological and archeological studies.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $83,940


Environmental Engineers

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Engineers at work.
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According to O*Net, “Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.” Additionally, research and designing fall under environmental engineering duties.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $87,620


Informatics Nurse Specialists

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Informatics nurse specialists assist with the ongoing development of computerized health care systems.” According to O*NET, “[Informatics nurse specialists] may educate staff and assist in problem-solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.”

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $88,740


Education administrators (elementary and secondary school)

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

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $95,310


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

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According to O*NET, these psychologists “apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems.” Additionally, they often help devise training programs.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $97,260


Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

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These positions deal with nearly all governmental matters, claims, settlements, and trial activities, along with researching and analyzing laws.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $99,850


Neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists

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While science-based, a neuropsychologist’s job includes a lot of reading for research.
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Neuropsychologists apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

Reading comprehension importance score: 91 Median salary: $100,770


Law professors

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A professor instructing a classroom of students.
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Law professors teach courses in law and engage in research.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $111,140


Lawyers

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A lawyer researching in his office.
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Lawyers 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: $120,910


Preventive medicine physicians

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A physician treating a patient.
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These physicians 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: $200,890


Allergists and immunologists

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An allergist’s job includes a lot of reading.
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Allergists and immunologists diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.

Reading comprehension importance score: 88 Median salary: $200,890


Sports medicine physicians

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A physician.
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Sports medicine physicians diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

Reading comprehension importance score: 88 Median salary: $200,890

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Urologists

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A urologist.
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These doctors treat patients with genitourinary system disorders.

Reading comprehension importance score: 81 Median salary: $200,890