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.
Mr Kitchen declined to comment. Asked whether he would accept the job if the salary was increased to the Government’s higher cap of €500,000 for senior bankers, he said: “It is what it is.”
A spokesman for Irish Nationwide said he had no comment.
A former director of IBI Corporate Finance and finance director of Green Property, Mr Kitchen recently joined the board of Cavan building materials firm Kingspan.
It was reported yesterday that a replacement chief executive, who had agreed to succeed Mr Fingleton, has told the society that he has decided not to take the job due to the Government’s salary cap."
"The Green Party increased the pressure on Mr Fingleton to resign yesterday over the payment of a €1 million bonus last November, just weeks after the Government moved to protect the Irish banks with the €440 billion guarantee.
The party also criticised Mr Fingleton’s pension arrangements through which he is the sole beneficiary of a €27.6 million pension scheme transferred out of the society to another retirement benefit scheme in January 2007.
Senator Dan Boyle, Green Party finance spokesman, said Mr Fingleton had come to personify all that was wrong with Irish banking.
“His conduct shows little care for savers and homeowners who have placed considerable faith – and in some cases placed their life’s chances and the fortunes of their families – in the care of that institution,” said Mr Boyle."
WASHINGTON, DC – Award winning Princeton University Physicist Dr. Will Happer, who was reportedly fired by former Vice President Al Gore in 1993 for failing to adhere to Gore’s scientific views, has now declared man-made global warming fears “mistaken.”
“I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken,” Happer, who has published over 200 scientific papers, told EPW on December 22, 2008