High Paying Jobs: 10 Opportunities for People Without College Degrees

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Higher education remains a privilege that is inaccessible to many as they can be prohibitively expensive. But getting a degree and graduating from college offers more opportunities than ever before, including higher pay potential, other employment opportunities and even longer life.

But for some people that do not have the time, the money and the opportunity to pursue a four-year degree, there is no need to worry as there are some career options that do pay well.

There are plenty of high-paying jobs out there that require only a two-year degree or even just a high school diploma. There are, however, some that may require additional on-the-job training depending on the specific position and company.

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. Let us check some of the top paying jobs on the job market. Here is the list that does not require a degree.

Postmasters and mail superintendents

Job Description: They plan, direct or coordinate operational, administrative, management and supportive services of a U.S. post office; They also coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post office.

 Median annual wage (2016): $71, 670

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 3,800

Work experience needed:  Less than  5 years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Job Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. They may also perform duties such as budgeting, accounting and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.

Median annual wage (2016): $73, 150

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 69,900

Work experience needed: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: None

 

Media and communication equipment workers, all other

Job Description: Their duties will vary according to their area of expertise. There are many examples of tasks you may perform in any of these fields: Monitoring and adjusting video equipment, including cameras.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 75,700

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 3,700

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

 

Commercial Pilots

 

Job Description:  Commercial pilots are the ones who fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application of agricultural materials.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 77,200

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 15,100

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

Detectives and criminal investigators

Job Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of local laws to prevent or solve crimes. However, this does not include private detectives and investigators.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 78,120

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 28,300

Work experience needed: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

Elevator installers and repairers

Job Description: Elevator installers and repairers assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 78,890

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 5,900

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

 

Power distributors and dispatchers

Job Description: Power distributors and dispatchers are also called Load dispatchers or systems operators. They control the flow of electricity through transmission lines to industrial plants and substations that supply residential needs for electricity. They monitor and operate current converters, voltage transformers, and circuit breakers.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 81,900

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 3,900

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

 

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Job Description: Supervise and coordinate the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations. Explain police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 84,840

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 43,000

Work experience needed: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Job Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.

 Median annual wage (2016): $ 89,190

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 27,100

Work experience needed: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

 In addition to the following, a two-year degree offers multiple opportunities as well. Thirty percent of associate’s degree holders even make more than the average bachelor’s degree holder. Here are some of the highest-paying jobs that require a two-year degree:

Web Developers

Job Description: The web developers role is responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites, from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 66,130

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 58,600

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: None

 

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

Job Description: Magnetic resonance imaging technologists are also known as a radiologic technician, They administer image scans on patients to produce quality images of designated areas of the body. MRI technologists typically work in a hospital setting with physicians and nurses. 

Median annual wage (2016): $ 68,420

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 9,800

Work experience needed: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: None

 

Dental hygienists

Job Description: Dental hygienists work under the supervision of licensed dentists. They are not qualified to make the same kind of diagnostic decisions or perform the same procedures as dentists. Instead, they perform basic dental care tasks, mostly focused on keeping patients’ teeth and gums clean.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 72,910

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 70,300

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: None

 

Funeral Service Managers

Job Description: Funeral service managers plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. They consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, plans for services, and other related necessaries. 

Median annual wage (2016): $ 73,830

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 7,400

Work experience needed: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: None

 

And to top them all… (Personally, I would want to have this job)

Air Traffic Controllers

Job Description: (Playing a vital role) The air traffic controllers are the one who issues landing and takeoff instructions to pilots. They are the ones who monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air, using radar, computers, or visual references. They also control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers.

Median annual wage (2016): $ 122,410

Projected job openings (through 2014 – 2024): 7,500

Work experience needed: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

 

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