After high school, a graduate may wonder how they can still earn a salary job. Does the idea of pursuing an associate’s degree, obtaining a certificate, apprenticeship and on the job training, appeal to somebody more than a four year college degree and high tuition payments?
If the answer is “yes”, you may want to consider a high paying career that is available to those without a degree from college. There are a number of great jobs available and there is an ever growing need for companies to fill these positions.
Below we have a list of ten of our favorite career choices for non-graduates. All earn at least $40K a year or more with a promising growth.
The same list is also followed by 10 jobs in 2019 that you may consider getting without a degree but jobs we would avoid due to their dying industries.
10 2019 Top Paying Non-Degree Career Positions
- A Radiation Therapist pays $80K per year (on average).
- Radiation therapists often employed by hospitals, they may work in cancer treatment centers.
- Radiation therapists often work as part of a cancer treatment team including an oncologist, nurses, medical imaging professionals, and more.
- A commercial pilot pays $77K per year (on average).
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots also fly aircraft for charter flights, aerial photography, rescue operations, firefighting, and crop dusting.
- Elevator Installer and Repair pays $77K per year (on average).
- The duties of an elevator installer and repairer usually includes reading blueprints to determine what equipment is needed for the job and to locate malfunctions in the switches, brakes, motors, and control systems. They may install or repair cables motors, elevator doors, and control systems.
- Dental Hygienist pays $69K a year (on average).
- Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer pays $69K a year (on average).
A diagnostic medical sonographer is someone who uses special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
- Register Nurse pays $69K a year (on average).
- Registered nurses, or RNs, are the largest healthcare occupation for good reason; they give patients medical care, educate them about their health issues, and offer emotional support. … Registered nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, home health care services, and nursing homes.
- MRI Technologist pays $68K a year (on average).
- MRI technicians operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create 3D images of a patient’s body tissues, which physicians then use as an aid to diagnosis.
- Web Developer pays $66K a year (on average).
- Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Examiner and Investigator pays $63K a year (on average).
- Adjusters inspect property damage or personal injury claims to determine how much the insurance company should pay for the loss. They might inspect a home, a business, or an automobile. Adjusters interview the claimant and witnesses, inspect the property, and do additional research, such as look at police reports.
- Electric Line Installer pays $62K a year (on average).
- Electrical power-line installers and repairers typically do the following: Install, maintain, or repair the power lines that move electricity. … Operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles, towers, and lines. Drive work vehicles to job sites.
A few jobs, without a degree, you may want to avoid in 2019!
- A Travel Agent
- With sites that let you book hotels, flights and car rentals, an individual travel agent is a dying industry as of 2019 and one that will sadly continue to die for years to come.
- Appliance Repair
- Due to the low costs of brand new appliance equipment fewer and fewer customers choose to replace their appliances rather than fix them.
- Believe it or not, there used to be a time when people were hired to touch up photos. Now photos edit can be down ourselves using software or better yet built in photo editing apps featured on social media sites where we upload photos.
- Newspaper Publishing
- As more and more people are opting for getting their news online through blogs and other forms of digital media, the printed newspaper is a dying industry.