15 Best Paying Jobs that Don’t Require Standing

by Rebekah Pierce

Updated

Whether you injured yourself and have a hard time being on your feet or you just don’t like to stand all day, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require standing.

These jobs that keep you off your feet are perfect for anyone, regardless of your education, skill level, or interests.

Just because you’re hard at work, that doesn’t mean you need to be standing. Take a look at these jobs where you can sit down – and take a load off!

15. Manicurist

If you want to sit down all day but don’t necessarily want to earn a college degree that will afford you the luxury of a desk job, then you might want to consider working as a manicurist.

A manicurist is someone who cleans, shapes, polishes, and styles clients’ fingernails and toenails.

You’ll work in a spa or salon but unlike hairdressers, who spend most of their time on their feet, you can sit down the entire time.

This is a job with excellent job security – plus, you’re sure to have a lot of fun chatting with your clients as you paint on the polish, too. Not to mention it’s also a job with no deadlines, which is great for minimizing stress.

Average Pay: $24,500 (Salary.com)

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Trends on the Rise:

Jobs for manicurists and pedicurists are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for these jobs is expected to grow by about 33% by 2030!

14. Box Office Attendant

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Have you ever wanted to get paid to watch your favorite movies in the theaters? As a box office attendant, you might be able to do just that!

As a box office attendant, you’ll work at the ticket counter and be responsible for selling tickets to a movie, play, or concert.

You’ll need to know how to run a cash register but otherwise, there aren’t many other skills required (besides customer service and communication skills, that is).

You won’t make a killing at this kind of job but you can sit at the ticket counter all day – no standing required. High paying retail jobs are hard to come by, so make sure you find out which theaters are paying competitively.

Just make sure the job description for the post you’re applying to doesn’t say anything about tending to cleaning or concessions – these sorts of tasks might require some walking and standing.

Average Pay: $26,013 (Zippia)

13. Telemarketer

Becoming a telemarketer might not be the most glamorous job out there, but hey! You’ve got to start somewhere.

This is a job that requires very little education and training and is quite easy to do. Plus, the skills you’ll gain while working as a telemarketer – communication, conflict resolution, problem solving – will be invaluable in other jobs later on in life.

This is a job you could do standing up, while wearing a headset, but of course, you can do this job from a seated position, too.

As a telemarketer, you will work to sell various services and products on the phone. You’ll need to be able to fill out order forms, operate a computer, and follow a sales pitch – but otherwise, basic requirements are minimal.

It’s also a hands free job which is great if you have an injury or are prone to carpal tunnel.

Average Pay: $29,855 (Glassdoor)

12. Bank Teller

A great entry-level job to consider if you want or need to sit all day is that of a bank teller.

As a bank teller, you’ll sit behind a desk, interacting with customers as you process transactions like deposits and withdrawals. This is a stress-free, easygoing job that typically is just a 9 to 5.

You’ll just need a high school diploma and to complete some on-the-job training. Simple as that!

Average Pay: $30,571 (Glassdoor)

11. Customer Service Associate

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Customer service associates spend the entire workday sitting behind a desk – and in many cases, you may even be able to work from home, too.

You’ll handle customer complaints, answer questions, and process orders.

If you have excellent communication skills, you may be able to earn a higher-than-average salary, meaning the average pay for this job would be much higher for you than what is listed below.

Average Pay: $31,235 (Glassdoor)

Tactics for Success:

  • Start your job search around the holidays – companies tend to look for customer service associates at this busy period of the year more than any other.
  • Research your prospective employer and create a resume that addresses specific needs that company has. If it’s a toy company you’re going to be working for, knowing how to talk about the toys the company sells is essential, as an example!

10. Receptionist

This is perhaps one of the most obvious jobs where you can sit down. As a receptionist, you’ll be the face of a company, working to greet visitors as they walk into an office, hospital or any other setting.

You might register names, take appointments, or point guests to where they need to go.

There aren’t any formal qualifications required for this kind of job, though every posting will be a bit different.

You will need to be able to speak clearly and politely to customers, to solve simple problems, and of course, be organized and good at keeping solid records.

Average Pay: $42,679 (Salary.com)

9. Freelance Writer

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You might think that a job that allows you to sit down all day isn’t the best when it comes to earning potential and job growth – but the opposite is true.

There are plenty of jobs out there that not only allow you to sit all day but also afford you the opportunity to grow your own business.

Working as a freelance writer is one such example. In this job, you’ll be self-employed and hired by publications and websites to produce articles, blog posts, books, and other kinds of content.

Since you’ll be your own boss, you’re in charge of your own salary and your own schedule. You can choose to sit all day or get up and take standing breaks as you see fit!

Average Pay: $50,891 (Glassdoor)

Trends on the Rise:

More people are turning to the freelance lifestyle than ever before. In fact, the freelance workforce is expected to increase by more than 10 million in the next few years!

8. Accountant

Are you good with numbers? If so, this sedentary job is one you’ll want to consider.

As an accountant, you’ll prepare and analyze financial records for businesses and individuals, worrying particularly hard during tax season.

Not only can you sit down for the entire work day, but you’ll have good job security and enjoy a relatively high salary, too.

Average Pay: $73,560 (USNews)

Tactics for Success:

  • To become an accountant, you’ll need a formal education in accounting or a related field.
  • Passing the CPA exam is something else you should do if you want to be able to work full-time (and in a seated position!) as an accountant.

7. Driver

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If you can’t walk or stand at all, then being a driver might not be the best choice for you. You will need to do a bit of walking to get in and out of your truck and to do pre-trip checks before you head out on the road.

However, if you’re okay with that, then being a driver is a great choice.

As a CDL truck driver, you’ll be responsible for getting goods to where they need to go – often driving across the country to deliver them. As you might expect, that means you’ll be sitting all day!

Of course, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of getting your CDL (commercial driver’s license), you could always just become an Uber driver, too.

The pay isn’t as good but you also want to have the immense responsibility of driving a fully loaded 18-wheeler down the interstate!

Average Pay: $77,350 (Indeed)

6. Graphic Designer

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Graphic designers are artistic professionals who use computer programs to create engaging, informative designs (often used for marketing purposes).

As a graphic designer, you can work for a company in the advertising, public relations, or publishing industries – or you can go it on your own and be self-employed

You can work from home and sit down the entire time you’re doing so – you can even work from your own couch, if you choose!

You may need some training in graphic design to be successful – a bachelor’s degree can be beneficial – but otherwise, you just need to have a creative disposition and plenty of talent.

Graphic designers come from all backgrounds. For example, this could be a way to make money with a biochemistry degree if you’re willing to do some self education.

Average Pay: $97,866 (Salary.com)

5. Investment Fund Manager

Again, this is a job that requires a bit of training – usually a degree in business, economics, mathematics, or finance. You’ll also need to pass a licensing exam.

However, if you’re good with numbers and you want to help individuals grow their investments over time, working as an investment fund manager is a smart choice.

Not only that, but there’s no standing required. All of your work will be done from a computer and over the phone so you can sit all day long if you choose.

Average Pay: $107,480 (CareerExplorer)

4. Human Resource Manager

Human resources managers are hired by small and large companies laike. You’ll make sure the payroll is processed, that employees receive the right training, and that disputes are handled in a professional manner.

Since everything is done on the phone, on the computer, and via face-to-face conversations, there’s no walking or standing required.

You may need a degree in business or human resources in order to apply for one of these jobs, as well as a high level of emotional intelligence.

Average Pay: $107,992 (Salary.com)

3. Software Developer

With more than 300,000 new jobs expected to be created within the next decade, it’s easy to see that software developers are in high demand.

As new technology is created, software developers are needed to create applications and software systems that are up to date and effective.

You will do all of your work behind a computer screen – no standing required.

Average Pay: $110,140 (USNews)

2. Actuary

Sit down and let your brain do the work! That’s the job of an actuary.

Actuaries are often hired by insurance firms, helping determine rates based on calculated risk. This helps insurers set reasonable and appropriate rates for the insured.

You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree and pass some specific actuarial exams – but if you do, this is a job that will allow you to sit all day and earn a competitive salary in the meantime, too.

Average Pay: $111,030 (USNews)

1. Computer Hardware Engineer

Another tech job that’s in high demand is a computer hardware engineer. It’s one of the more popular jobs with a computer science degree due to the career flexibility and earning potential.

In this job, you’ll work to uncover solutions to make hardware better and increase computational power and efficiency.

Since you’ll be seated behind a computer screen, you can sit all day long without having to stand once!

Average Pay: $117,220 (CareerExplorer)

Wrapping Up

As you can see, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require standing. Take a look and find the one that’s right for you!

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About the Author

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Rebekah is a writer who covers all things education, business, agriculture, and finance. She owns a small farm business in upstate New York. Her educational credentials include a bachelor's degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a master's in special education from SUNY Plattsburgh.