JOB SEARCH / NOV. 29, 2015
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10 Highest Paying Jobs That Don't Necessarily Require a Degree

Many people believe that getting a college degree will always help them get a job in their chosen profession. But, while getting a degree will make it much easier for you to get your dream job nothing is set in stone, and some professions don’t even require that you have one.

See Also: Top 10 Happiest Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree

Anyway, college isn’t for everyone. So, why not check out these career options that don’t require a degree but still have a good salary:

Let’s have a look:

1. Court Reporter

Court reporters or stenographers usually hold a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. In order to be able to practice the profession, they need a license, an RPR certification and to complete a typing test that tests their job skills. If you have a keen eye for detail and you can type fast; then the court reporter job may be suitable for you.

Salary: $53,710

2. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

nuclear plant in japan

A nuclear power reactor operator would be responsible for the safe generation of nuclear energy. The job includes recording data and monitoring systems that regulate the safety and maintenance of the nuclear power plant. While there are many routes to getting into the profession, high school diplomas are usually acceptable, or a certificate and associate degree in power plant technology.

Salary: $58,870

3. Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers are essentially responsible for installing, fixing and maintaining lifts or escalator stairs. The most popular route to follow is through apprenticeship although to be able to work you will have to be licensed. Quite surprisingly this profession is in popular demand, and it is expected to grow by 25 percent by 2022.

Salary: $73, 650

4. Detectives/Criminal Investigators

There is good news for prospective detectives and criminal investigators as there is going to be an increase in the number of jobs in the field. If you want to fight crime by becoming a detective, you should probably be aware that most agencies only require a high school diploma or an associate’s degree. You will also need to undertake a state certification exam and get your P.O.S.T. certification that can confirm you have successfully completed your training.

Salary: $74,300

5. Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Becoming a power distributor and dispatcher requires that you complete vocational school training and then obtain two years of experience on the job. While the profession welcomes high-school graduates, having vocational knowledge on the subject is considered an advantage. As a power distributor, you will be responsible for monitoring the U.S. power grid, rerouting electrical current after weather damages and ordering power generators to make sure that electricity is provided to all areas.

Salary: $78,240

6. Construction Manager

construction worker and manager talking on the phone

To become a construction manager, you will have to attain numerous years of experience on the job. Adhering to the core values and policies of organisations and getting to know the job well will allow you to climb the professional ladder and become a manager without studying for a degree. The role involves liaising with other professionals e.g. architects, engineers and planning the delivery and storage of equipment, as well as managing on-going construction projects.

Salary: $84,410

7. Transportation Storage/Distribution Manager

distribution manager

One of the jobs that have growing potential is transportation storage and distribution managers. With just a high school diploma or equivalent and some years of experience, you can easily get into this profession. Common duties involve coordinating the transportation, storage and distribution of products that comply with organizational or state rules.

Salary: $85,400

8. Radiation Therapist

As a radiation therapist, you may not need a university degree but a two-year associate’s degree or a certificate in radiation therapy will be required. Also, you need to pass a state board exam to get the license and be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

While you might have thought that requirements for this profession would have been more demanding – since it is a career in the field of science and medicine – it is relatively easy to get into. However, it is a profession that has a lot of responsibility as you will be working with x-rays to help locate and treat peoples’ diseases.

Salary: 89,974

9. Commercial Pilots

Another prosperous profession is the commercial pilot. While some college experience may be required to enter in the field, most commercial pilots have to complete 250 hours of flying time (for license purposes) and pass the FAA test to get their license. Other requirements dictate that you must be 23 years old or above and have a minimum of 1,500 flight hours logged. Also, further requirements and flight hours are required as you learn on the job and pilot larger airplanes.

Salary: $118,140

10. Air Traffic Controller

Becoming an air traffic controller doesn’t require a degree as it is one of those jobs where your attitude and aptitude are more important. While, it would definitively help to know something about airplane traffic, it is something that you will get to learn on the job. Usually, people employed in the profession come from different backgrounds and are only required to complete a basic training course, a medical exam, background check, and score well on the FAA pre-employment test.

Salary: $118, 650

See Also: Top 10 Highest Paid Jobs in the UK

Landing a job without being in debt is actually a big deal. Take a look at some of the most prosperous jobs on this list that are going to be very popular in the future, and make sure you choose your career wisely. Who wouldn’t want to work in one of the world’s most profitable professions without having a degree?

So which profession do you fancy? Let me know in the comments section below…

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