Skip to comments.The 40 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A Bachelor's Degree
Posted on 08/08/2012 7:39:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
When the economy started to show troubling signs, many decided to skip college and join the workforce earlier. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 percent of U.S. workers don't have a bachelor's degree, but if you have an associates degree, a postsecondary non-degree award, or a high school diploma, you can still get a high-paying job.
The BLS provided a list of 80 high-paying occupations that don't require a college degree. The median annual wages listed include hourly, weekly, annual pay, sales commissions, and production bonuses. Overtime wages are not included in the data.
We also included the expected job openings through 2020 and what kind of work experience or on-the-job training are needed for a particular job.
40. First-line supervisors of correctional officers
Median annual wage (May 2010): $55,910
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 16,500
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: Coordinate the investigation of criminal cases, train staff, and oversee other tasks related to police operations.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
39. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians
Median annual wage (May 2010): $56,040
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 31,800
Work experience: None
Description: Help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment.
On-the-job training: None
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Based on the lack of records, perhaps another would be President of the United States.
If people have the desire, look at circuit board designer positions. They are highly payed positions and normally don’t require a degree. The last person I talked to was making $160,000/year. When I retired, I was a design manager and worked my way up through the ranks. Good pay, clean working conditions.
Looks like good information. I plan to post on FB when I get home. Thanks.
Hilton Hotel is the happiest place to work.....hmmmmm.
I work in the art and advertising business and freelance on the side.
I started working as an apprentice in a studio while in art college and discovered that I was learning more there than I was in the classroom. So, with only a few credits left to achieve my BFA, I quit going.
I make six figures now. Not bad for a dummy.
My highest paying IT job (I have no degree) paid $125 an hour.
A degree helps, but once you hit 30, a lot of employers are more interested in what you’ve done with what education you have, not what shingles you can decorate your office wall with.
One of my daughters is a 30 year old Business Analyst in her first year. She’s making $60k.
She has a GED.
If you are older, back from the days when most people didn’t go to university, experience counts for more and they are more willing to forgive you for not having a degree, but if you are younger (maybe 30s or less) employers will generally expect you to have a degree, and getting your foot in the door in your early 20s without a degree is going to be hard...
CBD dont need Engineering Degrees?
Yeah, but aren’t rates down considerably? All the guys I know who used to get that rate are now struggling to get $80 or $90 an hour.
Oy don’t tell me that. I was actually studying circuit board design 20 years ago, even made my own for a radio but lost interest. What would they be used for today, mainly computers? That would seem very high tech.
If I was mid 20's, I'd put everything aside for about 5 years, work the 12 plus hrs a day, learn soon there are other, easier, more lucrative jobs in the industry, and by the time your 30, you'll HAVE the truck, the boat, the house and if you desire, the wife and family .. well fed and cared for.
I bid ambitious young men to come to west/SW Penn. ... especially if you're a cdl tanker driver ... dry bulk sand for the frackers, and or water for the drillers
I've known facility designers in the oil/gas field to make $250k/yr including overtime. This will be very experienced hands and likely have an associate degree or enough training to be equivalent.
I cannot speak for Circuit Boards, but in oil/gas facilities engineering, designers work with engineers. The engineer takes legal responsibility but depends on many different designers to produce a set of drawings.
**A young, healthy man can start around 50K in the gas fields and can only go up.***
Welder-machinist, fit up and lay out, electrician, power plant operator, Pipe fitter and plumber. Steel fabricator. Roughneck, truck driver.
The list of good money jobs is endless, IF YOU WANT TO WORK!
Unfortunately most are like my worthless brother-in-law (If you know him he probably owes you money) who has not held a job in 28 years.
Or my future son-in-law who at the age of 29 has decided he wants to major in Philosophy.
What kind of background would you need?
Not necessarily. You are not there to design the circuits. That’s up to engineering. You are there to put the engineers designs into a circuit board design. Circuit Board Designers are there to service engineering. What you do need to know is how a circuit board is manufactured. Follow Mil-Std-275 and you can handle just about anything. Learning manufacturing can be attained by visiting a few manufacturing plants once in awhile. A designer must understand what can and cannot be manufactured. Take the knowledge and put it into the design. Design can’t be learned over night but will little effort, it can become second nature. Kind of like an artist. In fact, a designer is an artist of sorts.
Hell, there are circuit boards in all kinds of equipment. Dish washers, cars, trucks, computers, and the list goes on. Designers don’t have to know what different components do. They just have to know how to design them into a finished product. It’s up to engineering to design the circuit. Some knowledge helps of course.
If a person is willing to take the time to learn, on the job training is some of the best you can get. Learn from and listen to the pro’s. Take in what works and discard what doesn’t work.
We all have one of those, it seems.
Or my future son-in-law who at the age of 29 has decided he wants to major in Philosophy.
We all fear that!
There would be more of these jobs available, IF obummer wasn’t in charge. Things don’t look so hot especially if he gets a second term.
When I was looking for entry level people, I would look at folks in the electronics industry that had a basic understanding of that industry. I have taken people from assembly, manufacturing, etc. An understand of mechanical drafting also helped them. Today CAD systems are being used extensively, so CAD experience helps. Just an understanding of CAD systems in general helps. You can’t learn all the different systems out there but a general understanding of them comes in handy. Some companies, even though they have CAD systems, still layout the boards by hand. Getting your hands on different design manuals from different companies will help understand design. Many design manuals are very specific.
Plenty of gas field jobs in NE Ohio too. However, 80 percent that apply for the jobs fail the drug test. They can’t fill all the jobs, and they pay real well.
One of my designs:
“However, 80 percent that apply for the jobs fail the drug test.”
Same issue in central North Carolina with high percentages of applicants failing the drug test. Seems like the war on drugs is a failure.
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The problem with this job is that it has nearly been automated out of existence. There are still specialty areas like RF layout, but any more - EEs are doing their own board layout.
In Silicon Valley there used to be dozens of small to medium size shops that did Board layout. They just aren’t here anymore. There are still some free-lancers - but they are mostly my age (50+).
It’s much like drafting - the availability of relatively cheap or even free software has made this a profession of the past.
My brother works in the oil fields in SW Pen and makes about $160000 a year. He works long hours but has no degrees. He has a hard time keeping the crews because they don’t want to work long hours. Seems like that is how it is in Penn. I drove out to work on his house because he could not get contractors to come out and tell him how much to do the repairs. I brought a worker with me and the neighbors thought we where crazy because we worked 12+ hours for 4 days in a row in 95 degree heat. That week they fired 75% of his crew because they did not want to work for 3 hours on a Saturday of a 3 day weekend.
Construction is an interesting field.
Trying to start in Project Management generally takes a degree but in the skilled crafts the same is not required and supervisory paths are available from there. A field superintendent makes 60k to 120k depending on location and experience.
A good plumbing foreman makes 50 to 90k.
Yeah we should just give up and let people drive tanker trucks while they are high... /SAR
My uncle spent 35 years in charge of maintenance at one. And the stories he could tell! Most involved celebrities, and are not suitable for publication on a family website.
I wish he would write a book...lol
My friends son went into the Air Force specifically to be a controller. He spent a year in Iraq at Bagram. He got out and was hired immediately. After training for a few months out in Mo. he had three job offers to choose from. He chose Miami International making 75K just to start.
I retired from sand can driver ... too many close calls , bad eyes, and the hours were just plain nuts ... but the money was great.
They left off POTUS. You don’t have to have any qualifications or meet any requirements for that position.
Yea I understand. I haven’t seen CAD systems for some time but I do talk with designers from time to time. We designed the 486 mother board for Intel, way back when and we used a CAD system to do most of it and the rest by hand. When Sun Mico Systems was around, they still designed the big boards, 14 layer, etc, by hand. I still think that most CAD systems can’t do the complete job. I have used Cadnetix CAD systems and they were the best around. Then Daisey Systems did an unfriendly take over, used all the money that Cadetix had and closed down the company.
When I was at Data Products, we had our own job shop. If I needed designers on a temporary basis, we had access to the best around. I don’t know of any job shops around today. It’s been a while but I’ve always said....”A circuit board is a circuit board is a circuit board.”
My oldest son, now 25 has had the technology gift since he was 13 years old and got his first professional IT designation at age 14, started working IT jobs when he was 16.
He really P.O’d me when he decided to major in political science. His perspective was that a degree was just a pedigree and his “gift” and experience were his ticket to a job.
Thankfully for him he was right and is now working deep within the IT bowels of mega corp. in a specialized field at the enterprise level reporting to the C-level officers.
He was initally hired at the lowest rung and could have gotten the job just based on having prof. certifications. It was his knowledge and experience that have advanced him.
“Hilton Hotel is the happiest place to work.....hmmmmm.”
Makes me wonder what Paris is doing to help improve that work place satisfaction survey....
I’ll second that. I’m a network geek (routing/switching, firewall, wireless), and while I’ve had training classes, I’ve also never attended college. I’m not at 6 figures, yet, but will be within 5 years (pending the end of the Obama administration)
To get advancement and good pay, there is nothing like producing positive results to your employer’s bottom line.
I started work on a offshore oil and gas platform as a maintenance mechanic. Once got a grasp of equipment and operations, I went looking for the overlooked aspects to be applied in the streamlining of maintenance procedures. I submitted ideas which were put into effect, resulting in less downtime and increased runtimes. In two years I was maintenance foreman, then transferred to another division and put into engineering department. The company then sent me to numerous schools for highly technical classes. Later was put into surface and downhole operations, there I came up with mechanical inventions for which I was granted US patents, to include one for a well blowout preventer.
After 20 years with the company, found myself making a higher salary than many engineers with more years of service. Finding I was just burned out, in 1991 I took early retirement at age 52 with full benefits.
As an aside, my formal education stopped at 8th grade and later getting a GED.
“Seems like the war on drugs is a failure.”
Probably not a good idea to bring up that up here. Either you want drugged-out truck drivers (as mentioned before), or you pushing to increase the failure rate from 80% to 90%, or more...due to all the free drugs that would be around.
Oh wow and I know some of the engineering stuff as well. What happened was I play electric guitar and found this book one day that showed you how to make your own effects boxes like distortion, flange, chorus, delay...you would plug the guitar into these effect boxes then plug the output into an amplifier. It had detailed instructions how to make these things, what to buy at Radio shack like the circuit board, resistors, capacitors, pots, etc etc, and I got so into it, putting almost all of them together with a soldering iron. And from that I bought an electrical engineering book that showed how to get a specific result, output using math, I even went so far as to buy a scientific calculator and made all these experimental things in my basement.
Then I dont know, what happened, I got bored with it or my girlfriend complained. “Oh you never take me out! Kevin like me more than you! Maybe I should go out with him!” lol
That is wild though, it never occurred to a person could make money from it. Of course though, circuit boards are everywhere like you said, dishwashers, cars, I guess it was the hobby aspect of it, it never occurred to me. If you don’t mind me asking, how did you get started? Is it just word of mouth or you started with a company?