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High Paying Jobs- No College Degree


Here we will list 10 jobs that don’t require a college degree and pay over $70,000 a year! While having a college degree is still the best way to land a high paying career, there are still plenty of alternatives out there that require only a two-year degree or a high school diploma. It’s important to keep in mind that some options may require additional on-the-job training depending on the specific company and role.

10. Postmasters and mail superintendents- Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office; or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post office. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $71,670

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: Less than five years

 

9. Transportation inspectors- Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors; rail inspectors; and other inspectors of transportation vehicles, not elsewhere classified. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $72,220

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: None

 

8. Dental hygienists- Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $72,910

  • Education required: Associate degree

  • Work experience: None

 

7. Funeral-service managers- Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. Includes activities such as determining prices for services or merchandise and managing the facilities of funeral homes. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $73,830

  • Education required: Associate degree

  • Work experience: Less than five years

 

6. Power-plant operators- Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $74,690

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: None

 

5. Detectives and criminal investigators- Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $78,120

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience:  Less than five years

 

4. Elevator installers and repairers- Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $78,890

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: None

 

3. Power distributors and dispatchers- control the systems that generate and distribute electric power. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $81,900

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: None

 

2. Nuclear-power-reactor operators- Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action. Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $8,560

  • Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

  • Work experience: None

 

1. Air-traffic controllers- Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.  Head to The Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about this job.

  • Median annual wage (2016): $122,410

  • Education required: Associate degree

  • Work experience: None

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