Land a High-Paying Career Without a Degree – It’s Possible

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You know the gig. Eat your vegetables, go to school, graduate, go to college, get a job, start a family. But what if college isn’t for you or its just plain too expensive? College tuition rates have sky-rocketed over recent years to a point where it simply isn’t in someone’s plan. So how can you get a job where you will be successful without putting yourself in serious debt? We’ve found five jobs that don’t require degrees and have high median salaries. The bottom line, hard work doesn’t discriminate between whether you have a college degree or not.

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

Hey, Mr. Postman! Bet you didn’t think that this would make the list? I sure didn’t, but at an average annual wage of $70,640 this is a great career that requires a high school diploma (or equivalent). Be prepared for at least three to five years of really early mornings and barking dogs before this salary but some on-the-job training.

Funeral – Service Directors

Having your day job consist of mourning is not for the faint of heart, but if you have a gentle demeanor that can help guide others this could be for you. Sensitivity and timeliness is crucial for a funeral-service director. You can expect a median annual wage of $70,890 and less than five years of experience to get you there. There is expected to be 7,400 job openings through 2024.

Power – Plant Operators

Any type of plant is a great place for someone to truly “work their way up”. Skills learned on the job are extremely valuable when it comes to positions such as these, so be prepared to put in your tenure to get to this position. The rewards are great though. Average annual wage of $71,940 and an expected job openings of 14,100 through 2024. If you are thinking the plant life is for you, then start now by getting your foot in the door.

Commercial Pilots

No degree required to be behind the wheel in the sky. Average median wage for commercial pilots is $76,150 with an expected 15,100 jobs opening through 2024 making this a very attractive career. There is extensive on-the-job training required before you’re taking off (see what I did there?). Also, clearly this job requires a lot of travel time and the schedule definitely won’t be your typical 9-5. But hey, everyone claps for you when you land, wants their picture with you and you get the short-cut through airport security. Those, my friend, are called perks.

Elevator Installers and Repairers

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know this existed. Obviously we have elevators so there has to be a person that knows how to install and repair them; however, they get paid quite handsomely for it. Average annual wage of $80,870 isn’t too shabby for a job that only requires a high-school diploma (or equivalent). On the job training and a lengthy apprenticeship can be expected with this position though. There is a projected 5,900 job openings for this position through 2024 so competition could be stiff.

Salary and estimated job opening information found here.

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