Are you searching for jobs that pay well, but not require a degree? Are you exploring career options and want to earn a decent salary but do not want to attend college? Just curious which jobs pay well if you don’t have a degree? Here are a few high paying jobs that you can get without a college education.
UPS Worker / Fed Ex Worker
Do you think you could drive a truck and deliver heavy packages? A job as a UPS Worker or Fed Ex Employee might be for you. According to payscale.com, truck drivers for heavy loads earn a salary of about $52,000 a year. Fed Ex workers earn about $55,000 a year. Unfortunately, these jobs might require you to have lots of luck and determination in finding them. Check out the company websites to learn more.
Private Detective / Investigator
A second job that pays well but doesn’t require a college degree is a private detective. Payscale.com reports that they can earn up to $63,697. While some may only earn $34,000 a year, that salary is still higher than some teacher’s pay. Even though this job doesn’t require a college degree, it does require a lot of skill and knowledge. Many private investigators are former police officers. You will need to get some training, but this can be done online. Most of the states require a private investigator license. One helpful resource is the professional investigator magazine here.
Firefighters are not required to attend college and earn a decent salary. The pay is higher in big cities. In some places, fire fighters will earn over $57,000 a year. Keep in mind, as well, that because most firefighters work in 24 hour shifts (where they can sleep while working), many firefighters have a second job or own their own business. Read “How to Begin a Career as a Fire Fighter” for more insight.
If you’d like to serve customers, and travel the world, a job as a flight attendant might be for you. Flight attendants can earn $35,175 to $71,735 a year. United Airlines and Continental Airlines are some of the companies that pay the highest. Southwest and Delta pay their flight attendants less than other companies. If you think this is the career for you, please read these articles.
Railroad Conductor / Yardmaster
A fifth job idea that pays well but doesn’t require a degree is to work with the railroad. Unfortunately, these positions usually require you to be away from home frequently. These jobs usually pay between $45,000 and $70,000. The companies normally provide on the job training, and you can work yourself up to a higher position. They are hired by companies such as Burtlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, CSX Corporation, Union Pacific Corporation and other companies.
These are just a handful of jobs that pay well but do not require a degree. If you are exploring careers, please read, “Dangerous Jobs that Pay Well Over $50,000 and Do Not Require a Degree.” You also might check out “10 Jobs and Careers for People Who Don’t Like People” and “Jobs that Pay $50,000 to $100,000 a Year.” Another article to read is “How to Decide on a College Major: Tips for Choosing a Career Path.” Good luck with your future endeavors!