Not every lucrative job requires a college degree. In fact, many of today’s young self-made millionaires accumulated their riches from street smarts – not book smarts. If you’ve been contemplating your next career step here are 9 high paying jobs that don’t require a college degree.
A commercial pilot is responsible for safely transporting its passengers from point A to point B. So it’s safe to say that a commercial pilot assumes a lot of responsibility.
The median annual salary for a commercial pilot was $103,210 in 2010.
Education Requirements: A commercial pilot’s license is required for this job. To receive a commercial pilot’s license you must be 18 years old and have 250 hours of flight experience.
The men and woman out there risking their lives to protect others on a daily basis have made the list. Although, in my opinion they should be paid more than what they’re currently receiving.
The median annual salary for firefighters in 2010 was $45,250.
Education Requirements: Depending on where you live either a high school diploma or equivalent or a post-secondary non degree award in fire science or a similar field.
Plumbers have a bit of a dirty job but on the bright side they also have high levels of job security. It also appears that plumbing is a growing a career with an expected 26 percent increase in the next 7 years.
The average median salary for a plumber was $46,660 in 2010.
Education Requirements: Most plumbers start out working apprenticeships. Some states requires plumbers to get a license which they can do at a technical school.
Due to the nature of their dangerous jobs, elevator installers and repairmen are paid pretty well. Where there is risk there is reward.
The median annual salary of an elevator installer was $70,910 in 2010.
Education Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent.
Salesman (or Saleswoman)
Depending on the product you sell, your commission rates, and the effort you put in, a career in sales can be very lucrative. Normally, the only requirement is your ability to sell. You can’t tie an exact number to this career. If you excel in sales the income is limitless.
Education Requirement: None.
As an insurance agent the amount of money you make will be determined by how you are paid. Some agencies pay their agents by the hour while others pay on commission. If you fall in the latter of these two categories and have a knack for sales you can make a good living.
The median annual income for insurance agents was $46,770 in 2010.
Education Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent and an insurance license for the type of insurance you wish to sell.
If you enjoy a career in the insurance field becoming a claims adjuster is another lucrative career. Claims adjusters evaluate and inspect insurance claims.
The median annual income for claims adjusters was $58,460 in 2010.
Education Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent is required however some companies prefer you have insurance related work experience.
Electricians are responsible for reading blueprints, installing wiring systems, and performing their work up to state regulations. Working with electric is dangerous, one reason why electricians make a decent amount of money.
The median annual income for electricians was $48,250 per year in 2010.
Education Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent. Most states also require electricians to obtain a license.
I was happy that the career I’ve chosen has made the list. You hear a lot of freelance writers complain about the feast and famine cycles, which I am sure are bound to happen. For the most part freelance writers make a fairly healthy living.
The median annual income for freelance writers was $55,420 in 2010.
Education Requirements: None.
*Income data on all careers came from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition to these jobs you could also work as a freelancer in your area of interest or start your own business. If you’re looking for a high paying job without a degree think outside of the box. There’s sure to be a job that will suit you perfectly.
What do you think of these jobs? Do you really need a college degree to be successful?