10 Legit Jobs That Don't Require Much Experience


"Earn thousands of dollars per week working part-time! No experience necessary!" the job posting title blares.

Skeptical? You should be. Think about it: Why would any legitimate employer offer inexperienced employees a six-figure salary for working just a few hours a week? These offers come with a serious catch -- usually in the form of illegal activity or an initial investment that's never recouped.

That said, there are plenty of perfectly legitimate jobs out there that require little -- if any -- experience or post-secondary education. And they're not all in retail stores and restaurants.

The following are 10 not-so-obvious jobs that require minimal education, training and experience, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data:

1. Traffic technician

The job: Conducting field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, signal effectiveness, adequacy of lighting and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under the direction of a traffic engineer.

The requirements: High school diploma.

Average pay: $41,810

2. Human resources assistant

The job: Maintaining and updating human resources records.

The requirements: High school diploma or GED and computer proficiency.

Average pay: $29,370

3. Bill and account collector

The job: Keeping track of overdue accounts, tracking down the debtors and collecting payments.

The requirements: High school diploma and customer service experience.

Average pay: $28,963

4. Refuse and recyclable materials collector

The job: Gathering trash and recyclable materials into their trucks and hauling them to landfills and recycling centers.

The requirements: At least 18 years old and able to pass a physical exam.

Average pay: $32,790

5. Library technician

The job: Directing patrons to standard references, handling interlibrary loans, checking out books and other routine library tasks.

The requirements: A certificate or associate degree is preferred, but smaller libraries may hire individuals with only a high school diploma.

Average pay: $31,110

6. Light delivery truck driver

The job: Driving trucks or vans weighing less than 26,000 pounds to deliver merchandise and packages within a certain region.

The requirements: At least 18 years old with a valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Average pay: $28,154

7. Occupational therapist aide

The job: Preparing materials and equipment used in the rehabilitation of people with mental, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities.

The requirements: High school diploma and good interpersonal skills.

Average pay: $26,715

8. Interviewer (except eligibility and loan)

The job: Asking prepared questions to obtain preliminary information from customers in doctor's offices, market research firms and government agencies.

The requirements: High school diploma, computer proficiency and good interpersonal skills.

Average pay: $29,040

9. Nursing aide or orderly

The job: Performing routine tasks like answering patients' call lights, making beds and serving meals under the supervision of the nursing staff.

The requirements: High school diploma or GED.

Average pay: $21,517

10. Funeral assistant

The job: Placing the casket in a funeral parlor, arranging flowers, showing mourners to their seats, closing caskets and other duties during a funeral.

The requirements: High school diploma and good interpersonal skills.

Average pay: $21,575

Salaries are according to CBSalary.com, powered by SalaryExpert.

Copyright 2009 CareerBuilder.com.

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There are too many work at home scams to consider any of them unless there is arms length documentation that the opportunity is valid and specific about the skills, tasks and expenses necessary to be successful. To date I have not seen anything that has reasonable return on investment of time, labor and money. I welcome to hear of anything that is "real" and not a scam to rip me off for a few dollars or in many cases far more. "Let the buyer beware!"

August 14 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ive got a job thats really neat, and it obviously requires little or no experience at all: President of the USA! Look at what we have in there now, case in point.

August 14 2009 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Tom's comment

Do not bring politics into this, or use the current President as an excuse for your inefficiency. Do things yourself, don't ******* rely on the Government. People are here for Jobs not your Politicial bullshit.

February 15 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi my name is Victoria and I'm online looking for a job for some extra cash. And wanted t know more about the job you have. The way you can reach me is e-mail address is vharris21@hotmail.com.

March 20 2013 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The description of nurse aide is so far off, it's unrealistic. First of all, most states require you pass a test, for which you may have to pay several hundred dollars in training. Initial salaries are usually minimum wage.
An important part of any nurse aide's job involves cleaning up patients' eliminations--yes, shit, piss, whatever you want to call it. And don't forget the patients who purposely pinch, kick, spit at, and defecate on you. Most nurse aides end up with bad backs at best because of lifting, bathing and changing patients.

August 14 2009 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They forgot the most important job requirement for job #3: The lack of a soul.

August 14 2009 at 4:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For number three, they forgot the most important job requirement: Lack of a soul.

August 14 2009 at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just 8 years of george bush, and cheeny, with some help from the republican congress and sentate, and guess what? no more jobs, no more retirements, no more health care! geez i feel free!! (well, with what they want for minimum wage, that is just about free)

August 14 2009 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ironic how much spam there is posted on an article directly attacking SCAMS!

August 14 2009 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bob joe

Holy christ is this all spam?

August 14 2009 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WOW look at all the links for those get rich quick schemes
I'll pass

August 14 2009 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This whole article is completely wrong I try searching on the jobs that say and they require a degree...aol doesn't even know what its talking aol next time do a search before you actualy mean what you say

August 14 2009 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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