How many recent college grads do you know who are still living at home or making less than $20,000 a year pulling shots at Starbucks?
Although traditionally a college degree promised a career with a good salary, today’s landscape is less clear.
Although college is an unparalleled opportunity to learn about yourself, don’t think it’s the only option you face when you graduate high school — especially if your main goal is making bank.
Get a Great Job Without a College Degree
Thankfully, many well-paid careers don’t require higher education.
Entrepreneur and best-selling author Kevin O’Leary suggests 10 options to consider — though his list includes a couple of jobs that do require degrees, but might be considered “blue collar” enough not to have a place on your doctors and lawyers and software engineers-crammed radar of high-payout positions.
Here are three high-paid trade positions that don’t require degrees — and their most recent mean annual salaries as per the Bureau of Labour Statistics.
Elevator Installer and Repairer: $76,490
If you have a high school diploma, O’Leary says, you can probably apprentice for this high-paying maintenance position. Those in the top 10% of the field make more than $100,000 a year — talk about moving up!
Subway and Streetcar Operator: $59,230
Turn your morning commute into your actual career, and you could cash in. The top 10% in this industry make closer to $77,000 per year.
Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operator: $61,070
Although physically demanding, this position could lead you to beautiful destinations — including a trip to the bank with an annual paycheck of almost $95,000, if you’re in the top 10% of earners.
Alaska, land of salmon, mountains and the northern lights, is the best state to live in for this industry — and you’ll get paid to live there.
Sound interesting? Be sure to check out O’Leary’s full list over at The Huffington Post.
Your Turn: Do you have a well-paid job that doesn’t require a college degree? Tell us about it in the comments!
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. As a double-major in English and philosophy with a psychology minor, she knows a whole lot about useless degrees.