No Degree? You Can Still Get a Great Job
Ask most people who don't have a college degree and a huge majority will tell you that they regret not getting that sheepskin, but there are jobs out there, and good ones, that can allow you to make more than the median income even without a piece of paper that says you went to school four more years.
According to most studies, the average income in the U.S. is just over $40,000 a year. Well, here are seven jobs that, with some training could allow you to make more than that. You may not gbe able to just walk in the door and land one of these gigs, but if you are willing to invest some time in training, it could work out for you.
Insurance Sales ($47,000–??)
Yeah, we know, this sounds like a feast or famine job, and it can be, but if you can sell, you can make a lot of money in this field and it's a business that will be around for awhile! There are courses to take and testing to complete, but once that’s done, you could be running your own business or working for an independent firm and determine your own income based on how much you sell. You have the freedom to control your fate and work to make as much commission as you want, while also having the pleasure of helping people get the types of products they need with personalized service. It’s a growing industry that can sustain a lot of workers.
Loan Officer ($56,000)
As a loan officer your job would be to evaluate, authorize or recommend approval of loan applications. It’s a job that requires only a high school diploma and can net you a decent living pretty quickly.
Electrician/Power Line Installer ($50,000–$58,000)
Service industries are great for independent working, on-the-job training and making big bucks without spending big bucks on over-priced education. A job as an electrician, or even as an electrical or power line installer or power plant operator can boost you into the next tax bracket. With some certification courses and testing, you can start your career in a short amount of time and work your way into a decent living. Some electricians can even start making money right away in apprenticeships.
Telecommunications Equipment Installer ($55,000)
As communication technology changes, new methods of transmission are being installed all the time. As a telecommunications equipment installer, you can start earning a hefty paycheck after only a brief time spent in trade school or in a certification program. Every time a new office complex goes up, installers are needed to get that building wired for communication. This is an industry that’s expected to have at least 15 percent growth over the next five to seven years.
Insurance Appraiser or Claims Adjuster ($56,000–$58,000)
You won’t be able to go straight from graduation to claims adjusting, but with some certification courses and post secondary, non-degree award, you can make almost 40 percent over the median income in the U.S.
Commercial Pilot ($67,000)
Here's another job that will require extensive training and that training could cost you some serious money.You need to go to flight school and get a license, which means you’re looking at obtaining a postsecondary non-degree award, but you won’t have to sacrifice years of your life and tons of money to do so. If you’re near a major airline hub, like Dallas, Phoenix or Houston, you have a very good chance of a long and financially secure career as a pilot without a college degree.
Detective or Criminal Investigator ($68,000)
You could be the next 'Monk'! Criminal Justice courses are not that expensive and even without a four-year degree a detective or criminal investigator can make in the neighborhood of $68,000 a year. And, depending on where you want to work, you don’t need a post-secondary degree at all. With some on-the-job training and a stint at a law enforcement academy, you can be looking down the road of a long, and likely interesting career as an investigator for local, state or even the federal government.