While the importance of earning a college degree to secure a good job has been ingrained in our brains for as long we can remember, a four-year degree is not the only path to a successful career.
Though schooling is a great way to develop skills and will no doubt enhance your credibility, a college education is no longer a requirement to securing a well-paying salary. Despite the fact that college graduates earn an average of $1 million more than high school graduates during their careers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is possible to land a lucrative position otherwise.
Additionally, workers with a high school education or less have an abundance of positions open to them. In 2006, 66 million jobs — about 44 percent of the total — were available to workers with less than a high school education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2016, there are expected to be 71 million jobs available to these workers.
Just because these jobs don’t require a college degree, however, doesn’t mean that they don’t require hard work or extensive training. Here are 20 of the highest-paying jobs that don’t require a degree, according to CBSalary.com.
Primary duties: Overseeing a company’s credit department, which manages customer credit accounts and approves or denies credit to customers.
Primary duties: Controlling air traffic around airports according to established procedures and policies to ensure flight safety.
Primary duties: Supervising gas stations and planning and implementing policy and procedure like hours of operation, workers’ duties and prices for products and services.
Primary duties: Securing real-estate transactions, selling real estate, renting properties and arranging loans.
5. Web surfer
Primary duties: Scouring through multiple Web sites to analyze and compare information and user experiences to collect information to help companies understand online users’ behaviors.
Primary duties: Leading the on-site completion of construction projects and performing all types of carpentry work and finishing.
Primary duties: Supervising the activities of workers engaged in installation, maintenance and cable repair.
Primary duties: Overseeing workers who make chemical products, verifying that chemical processes are followed.
Primary duties: Directing aides who care for elderly or disabled people in a home environment, and monitoring the quality and quantity of services provided.
Primary duties: Managing the workers and housekeeping program in medical facilities to uphold sanitary and orderly conditions.
Primary duties: Ensuring that flight attendants conform to personal appearance and preflight requirements; compiling flight reports.
Primary duties: Driving electric, diesel-electric or gas-turbine-electric trains to transport passengers or freight.
Primary duties: Supervising the assembly of everything for the inside of an aircraft from mechanics to furniture.
Primary duties: Overseeing all painting activities such as mixing paint, preparing surfaces before painting and applying decorative or protective finishes to various structures.
Primary duties: Maintaining certain pressures in pipelines to produce and/or transport natural gas.
Primary duties: Managing employees working on company payroll, ensuring that pay calculation is in accordance with company policy, government regulations and tax codes.
Primary duties: Overseeing workers who use power tools and other equipment to assemble products.
Primary duties: Supervising employees engaged in the review of credit risks and collections; may also review client credit history to grant or deny extensions of credit.
Primary duties: Managing data entry workers and assuming responsibility for those workers’ tasks to be complete and accurate; may sometimes assist with assignments.
Primary duties: Negotiating cases where third-party liability reimbursement exists by investigating and identifying responsible third parties, then paying out those parties.