How to Have a High-Paying Job without a Degree


To survive in the competitive corporate world you generally must have at least an undergraduate and sometimes a master’s degree. Not everyone can attend college, which often means they can attain only average-paying jobs. There are, however, high-paying jobs that don’t require a candidate to have a degree.

  • Research job offers in the classified ads to find job vacancies targeting people without degrees. You can also look through The Occupational Handbook. Examples of high-paying jobs that don’t require college degrees include postal service clerks and carriers, real estate brokers, ship engineers, detectives and criminal investigators and gas plant operators—all of which have average salaries of around $50,000.

  • Upon finding job vacancies, narrow down your choices. Choose jobs that will best suit your interests or current status, since you will be more efficient and productive in a job you enjoy doing.
  • Make your final choice. After this you can research or inquire about required training necessary for the job. Some jobs require specialized training while others require just certification. See if the company doing the hiring offers free training or if the have ties with school that provide appropriate training.
  • Learn from people. Ask people who have the same or similar jobs about the pay, benefits, requirements, etc. for the job. These people can offer you great advice, insight and tips. You should also remember all jobs have some level of difficulty, so you will have to persevere and be patient.
  • Enroll in classes. It won’t hurt to enroll in classes closely related to your job interests. This can be a great chance to improve your work as well as another certification to put on your résumé. Remember that the more knowledge you have, the more leverage you have.
  • Be persistent. Once you get the job, perform diligently. Never get complacent about a job others would be willing to have. Do your best, and once your boss sees your persistent effort she’ll want to keep you in the company. Keep in mind that a diligent and hard-working employee is always an asset for a company. As long as you are consistent, you will reap the rewards of your hard work.
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About the Author: Vanessa Page works a career counselor in one of the leading firms in Los Angeles. She is also a blogger and gives tips on how people can tackle their work and career issues. She has 8 years of experience in this field.

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