High Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

Having a college degree does not guarantee a successful career and there are plenty of high-paying jobs you can get that only require a high-school diploma.

In 2015 for instance, Ernst & Young announced that internal research had found no evidence that “previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.”

As a result, the firm’s UK office redefined a degree as a “nice-to-have” rather than an essential requirement. Instead, the firm evaluates applicants via online testing which gives hiring managers insight into candidates’ personality, reasoning and critical thinking skills, as reported by Indeed.

Here is a list of high-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, only additional training, certification or work experience to get started.

Top 10 Opportunity Jobs for Non-College Graduates   

High employer demand opportunity jobs ranked by salary

Rank Label BLS Average Salary
1 Administrative services managers $92,250
2 Radiation therapists $83,710
3 Commercial pilots $82,430
4 Detectives and criminal investigators $80,540
5 Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels $79,180
6 Elevator installers and repairers $76,490
7 Nuclear technicians $75,960
8 Film and video editors $75,090
9 Ship engineers $74,600
10 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $72,570

Source: BLS and Indeed


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