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The Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

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Didn’t Go to College? Some of These Highest-Paying Jobs Prove You Have Options

This is no news flash to anyone in college or anyone with kids in college…but the cost of higher education often means you better be in a higher tax bracket just to pay for it.

The average cost of tuition and fees to an American private college for the 2022-2023 school year is almost $40,000 annually. Even though that figure drops to $23,000 a year for out-of-state students at a public school or just over $10,000 a year for in-state residents at a public college, an education is no small expense.

Of course, those who don’t have $40,000 (or even $10,000) just laying around to pay for a four-year degree don’t have to resign themselves to a lifetime of fast food service or desk clerk duties.

In fact, there are plenty of high-paying jobs that don’t require a degree at all, offering the prospect of a good living without going into massive debt to get there.

Here are a few of those positions you might want to consider, needing nothing more than a high school diploma, according to findings by US News and World Report:

1. Real Estate Agent – Median Salary: $104,551

You not only don’t need a college degree to work in property sales, but you don’t even need a high school education. Sure, it helps — but if you can pass the test to get licensed as a realtor and handle basic math, it’s a job that mostly depends on people skills. It’s by no means simple…but if you’ve got the ability to connect with clients and put their mind at ease, you can make a six-figure salary on charm and guile alone.

2. Sales Representative – Median Salary: $73,635

Much like a realtor, sales reps rely on the gift of gab. The real wild card in this profession is – what are you selling? Whether you’re selling pharmaceuticals or automobiles, employees can use a service like ZipRecruiter to hone in on superstars in specific industries, with its AI-driven algorithms actually searching out candidates with just the right skillset in their field, then inviting them to apply for the job.

3. Police Officer – Median Salary: $65,540

Working a beat requires an entirely different set of people skills, but if you can handle the well-publicized issues with walking the thin blue line, you can be rewarded with a decent salary. It’s definitely not a job for everyone, but if you want to stay active, fight fears, make a difference in your community and even have some lucrative post-force work options, putting on a badge is worth some consideration.

4. Carpenter – Median Salary: $61,708

Carpenters aren’t just guys who build stuff because they’re good with their hands. They’re artists. So if you’ve got the skill and precision to shape wood and other materials, as well as the stick-toitiveness to apprentice your way up and learn the craft, you can do well working as your own boss and applying your skills.

5. Flight Attendant – Median salary: $59,050

Like to travel? Like to meet new people? Like a job with a lot of freedom to build the life you want? Look into attending passengers at 30,000 feet in the air. If you’re a woman, you may have to deal with some occupational hazards, but don’t forget – you’re basically being paid to see the world. That’s not a bad deal.

6. Electrician – Median salary: $56,900

While you don’t need a college degree to go into the electrical arts, the years it’ll take to learn that job to mastery will probably feel like four years at a university. However, most apprenticeship programs will still pay in the $10 to $15 per hour range while you learn. And once you’ve reached the top 10% of your field, you could be earning $100,000 a year or more.

Another important tip for employers looking for electricians (or any technical expert, for that matter): be precise with your job postings.

With advanced job boards like ZipRecruiter, the specificity of your listing helps their artificial intelligence garner more insight on which candidates get chosen for an interview and which get bypassed. That data is then reapplied to help better pinpoint prospects for your future job listings.

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