Fifteen Jobs That Pay Well, No Degree Required

Jobs That Pay Well Regarding jobs that pay well, the conventional wisdom states that college-educated workers earn higher salaries because the their jobs require more education and advanced skills.

In addition, fewer workers have college degrees, so they are harder to find in relation to workers without degrees. Indeed, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, 19 percent of Americans hold a bachelor's degree, while approximately 31 percent have a high school diploma.

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Census data also shows that the mean income for a college graduate is $58,613, a significant difference from the $31,283 mean income for a high school graduate. You might reason, then, that to bring home a sizable paycheck, you need to go to college.

Although that's often true, there are exceptions. Many jobs pay workers well because their daily tasks are dangerous, difficult or extremely specialized. Experience also factors into the equation because many employers value years of experience more than their years of education. These jobs not requiring a degree aren't necessarily easy to perform nor easy to land.

That's not to say you shouldn't earn a college or graduate degree if you want. However, if college isn't the right option for you or if it's not a plausible option in the short-term, consider these 15 professions that don't require a college degree but pay well:


1. Aides supervisor $63,231*

Aides supervisors supervise home-health aides, which involves setting their work schedules and monitoring their performance to ensure quality care for patients.




2. Air traffic controller $139,314

In order to ensure the safety of all flights, air traffic controllers monitor planes coming to and leave from an airport so that there are no collisions. They also monitor conditions to keep flights free of delays.




3. Assembly Supervisor $66,034

In assembling and manufacturing plants, these supervisors oversee the flow of production work. Depending on the industry, assembly workers can produce anything from large mechanical and aviation components to small, technology devices.





4. Cable supervisor $76,739

Cable supervisors monitor workers who install, maintain and repair cables. Because these cables can be buried underground or overhead on telephone poles, the process can be dangerous for workers and difficult to perform.





5. Chemical supervisor $73,955

Chemical supervisors oversee workers who make chemical products -- a careful process that involves handling dangerous substances and following strict safety guidelines.





6. Construction equipment operator $53,543

Construction equipment operators are in charge of the large-scale tools and equipment used on construction sites. They are also responsible for inspecting the equipment for safety and performance issues when necessary.





7. Credit and collection supervisor $66,847

Credit and collection workers calculate credit risks and collections information for consumers who apply for loans. Their supervisors monitor their performance and sometimes review client credit history to grant or deny extensions of credit.





8. Data control supervisor $66,554

Data control supervisors oversee the daily operations of data entry workers and are responsible for the completion and accuracy of their work.





9. Electrical repairer $58,960

Electrical repairers disassemble and fix problematic electrical equipment and any related components. Depending on the particular job, the equipment can range from small mechanisms to large technological systems.





10. Elevator repair worker $67,538

Elevator repair workers perform routine maintenance on elevators and escalators and also respond to any reported problems.





11. Home care aide supervisor $69,061

Home care aides visit home-bound patients in order to assist with daily activities and some rehabilitation exercises. The supervisor ensures that all patients are being taken care of properly by their aides, according to legal regulations and quality standards.





12. Illustrator $60,060

Illustrators work in advertisement agencies or as freelancers to design fonts and images for a variety of media, from websites to print campaigns and video.





13. Lead carpenter $73,055

Lead carpenters act as the head for carpentry workers on a specific task in order to keep the project on time and meet quality standards.





14. Payroll supervisor $72,951

Payroll supervisors oversee the process of calculating compensation based on workers' hours, reviewing time cards, distributing pay and adhering to government regulations for payroll.





15. Real estate broker $79,494

Real estate brokers maintain their own real estate businesses that help home buyers look for houses or condominiums. They research neighborhoods, find available homes, and assist buyers through the financial and legal aspects of the purchase process.





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* All Salary data based on figures from CBSalary.com.


Anthony Balderrama

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Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job seeker and workplace blog, TheWorkBuzz.com. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/abalderrama and view his blog posts on TheWorkBuzz.com.

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Dave Patton

Try hospitality with Hilton, Marriott and others. Earn 40-60 thousand plus bonus entry level and advance to 100K plus. There are plenty of hotel sales and catering jobs . each hotel hires 1-10 or more people.

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April 24 2013 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Morse

CNC Programming is a field that is very underemployed in the USA - Typical Wage is $60K to $80K and is at it's highest demand in decades in this country right now. Anything from Mills, Lathes, & Grinders. There just are not enough people with the skills to fill the 10's of thousands of jobs in this country right now and does not require a college degree - Only a cerified program in any technical school that offers CNC programming.

I have worked in all avenues of this field since leaving high school and have never had to worry about a job in good times or bad. I am 48 years old now and sell CNC Grinding Equipment that has been selling off the charts even thru the bad years of 2008 thru 2009, The Company I work for has never sold as many units as they have in the past three uears setting records for sales each of the 3 years and the future looks strong thru 2018 as well.

Our Customers simply can not fill these jobs with the current umemployment as most lack any or all of the skills required and have simply turned to in-house training and apprentice programs to try and fill their own needs but that is slow as well, and the demand for Ground Tooling is so high they are simply working around the clock to fill orders.

We have lost an entire generation of people needed with these types of skills with our jobs going over seas to our local schools pushing kids to College to earn degrees over a highly skilled Job that would only require a 1 year technical course to be off and making, earning and or starting out at more than a 4 year degree would earn them with a quarter of the cost and sometimes much less than that to be making $50K to start.

Many Companies are now finding out that it is cheaper to Mfg. their products here in the USA and are re-shoring at a faster rate than the jobs left our country and highly skilled people are needed ASAP.

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September 04 2012 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
natalie

Juls- I had worked for the same co. for 25 years until they started to downsize and fire people. I have 2 years of college but no degree, but I do have a degree 25 years of experience. I know more then most college graduates who I trained and really could care less about the job or company. The US is competing with India and the US companies need to start re-evaluating their requirements. I am a top leader in SAP and have been looking for a job since March. I apply everyday for at least 7 jobs monday-sunday. My father top chemist retired from Ashland Chemical did not have a degree but he was a Manager and has 5 patents. US companies really need to start hiring people who are dedicated and have those years of experience.

July 19 2012 at 1:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rocky.winner

Hey AXO409,
I really think you are totally nuts! Because George Bush is a very good president !!!!I think you need some education because the Democrats have screwed this country up so bad and this is why we are in this mess to begin with, Get your facts Straight and go back to school because you sound like a total nutcase.
Got my message! I doubt you got my message you probably don't even know how to read!! You are a loser! Go check yourself in the hospital you need help bad!!!!!!Go to a Psychiatrist and take your meds

June 19 2012 at 12:12 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You forgot to put Coal Miner, I made $125,000 last 5 years, no college diploma required.

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March 28 2012 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
axo409

george w bush is the reason for all of this f****** bullshit. he's rank the fourth worst president in US history for a reason. just like warren buffet said the republicans coddle the rich. A big help would be to tax the rich, but the republicans won't let the current president tax the rich because he might look good and all they care about is getting back into the white house. the republicans don't care about us, all they care about is the power and money. the greedy rich got us into this mess, why can't they help get us out. I'm so glad Im not gullible.

February 13 2012 at 10:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jwtoday

Hey Anthony. You said that these wer jobs that did not require a degree. I clicked on your chemical supervisor. It took me to another page. I selected one of the jobs. Below is the company it displayed.
Look at the qualifications below this paragrapgh. This company requred a BS CHE.

Where do you get your info from. Do you think that for a job dealing with chemicals these companies are going to pay you that much money with no college degree specially with chemicals. On the job traing does not provide all the info you need for a job like that. You need a degree. And if there happens to be some out their they are only asking for problems when the person runs into an issue and their does not happen to be his/her trainer to help.



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March 23 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jwtoday

Hey Anthony. You said that these wer jobs that did not require a degree. I clicked on your chemical supervisor. It took me to another page. I selected one of the jobs. Below is the company it displayed.
Look at the qualifications below this paragrapgh. This company requred a BS CHE.

Where do you get your info from. Do you think that for a job dealing with chemicals these companies are going to pay you that much money with no college degree specially with chemicals. On the job traing does not provide all the info you need for a job like that. You need a degree. And if there happens to be some out their they are only asking for problems when the person runs into an issue and their does not happen to be his/her trainer to help.



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March 23 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

These have got to be the minimum end of the scale for these jobs. I know people who do the so called in this article "Electrical Repairer" (really titled Field Engineer, Equipment Engineer, or Systems Engineer, etc.) making $80,000.00/yr. + with 5-10 years experience. You don't need a Bachelor's degree to make descent money. Military training, or an Associates degree can make you big bucks. Many people who I know own very successful businesses dropped out of College in their Junior years because College was getting in the way of their success due to the amount of time they had to dedicate to both. Believe me, I'm not demeaning College at all. But it frustrates me to meet people with 4 and higher year degrees really not making good money at all, unless they are Civil, Electrical, Electronic and other Engineering types. Kids graduating with Communications & other types of dead end degrees and moving home to parents because they are unable to find work, while skilled degrees (whether Associates, Bachelors, or Military training) in Engineering, Nursing, Mechanical, CAD, Systems Technology and similarly related are in big demand. Big, big time career field right now is CAD (Computer Aided Design) Design. You'll start out at MINIMUM $30.00/hr. In the end, just remember one thing I've been through and that is rich people have NO LIFE, NO TIME, MOSTLY OUT OF CONTROL KIDS and aren't really happy.

February 23 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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