Most of the well paying jobs require completed college education in the form of either a Bachelors or a Masters degree. Most jobs that pay above minimum wage require you to have a high school diploma at the absolute minimum. However in some areas, experience is valued far higher than education. In this article I’m going to discuss the value of both experience and formal education. I’ll go over the top paying jobs that don’t require a degree and that typically value experience a lot more than a college degree.
Before I discuss the merits of both education and work experience, I want to implore you in the highest possible way to get your G.E.D (high school diploma) if you don’t already have it. Even if you plan on working you way up from the bottom at a large company, this is something they will look for when they consider promoting you. You can do virtual classes online that will prepare you for the test for about $300. If you can’t afford that, there are dozens of state programs across the country that provide financial aid to promote literacy. Do a Google search for “GED Financial Aid Your_State” to see what’s available in your state.
Formal Education vs Job Experience
In a recent survey done by Monster.com, a substantial majority of the respondents felt that work experience was more important for them to advance their career than education. This is undoubtedly the case, even when you base it on strictly statistical data, but what this poll doesn’t mention is that education is instrumental in getting hired in the first place. Education should be seen as the starting point, the “seed” if you will, whereas experience is the sun light and water required to grow and develop. Without the education there would be no seed and therefor no growth. This analogy is true with most careers, but some jobs simply don’t value formal education very highly.
These Jobs Hire with No Education
Fortunately there are actually dozens of jobs that pay just as well or better as many degree based jobs. These jobs place more emphasis and importance into real world work experience as a traditional classroom education holds little or no value here.
5. Postal Service Clerks. Working at the post office has been a well paying and very secure career for decades. It’s one of the few jobs left that still offers a pension plan, which continues paying you a percentage of your normal wages after you retire. You can earn up to $51,670 with this job without any college degree or advanced education.
4. Real Estate Sales Agents. If you have strong people skills, this can be an incredibly lucrative business. Even when the housing market is at it’s worst, this is still a phenomenal business to be in. You can either work for your self or join an existing real estate company which can help you by sending you leads and providing you with an office. If your new to this area, it would be wise to start out by joining an existing company so you can build your contacts and learn the ropes. The average salary for this occupation is $53,100 and several agents earn between $200,000 – $1,000,000 annually.
3. Commercial Drivers (Truck Drivers) The schedule can be pretty rough and you’ll be spending a lot of time away from your friends and family, but if those things don’t bother you, this job is an incredibly high paying option. The pay range is anywhere from $40,000 – $55,000 annually.
2. Casino Supervisor If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you already know the dealers are making outrageous amounts of money. If the dealers are making so much money, just imagine how much their supervisors are making! Often times, the supervisor receives a percentage of the tips from the floor that he/she is supervising. These casino supervisors earn an average of $48,920 annually and if you land a job at high stakes casino, expect to make easily over $100,000 annually.
1. Paid Survey Taker This job isn’t recommended as the #1 job that requires no education because it is the highest paying. It’s recommended because it’s something that you can easily add on to any other job to supplement your existing income. It’s a few hundred dollars in your pocket every month at just a few hours work. Best of all, it’s something that you can start doing immediately, without having to deal with a job interview or review process.
Although education can be very important, and often instrumental, to landing certain jobs, it’s literally worthless when trying to pursue certain careers. Before you go through the time and expense of pursuing a college degree, be sure to find out whether or not your career really requires a college degree. Above all, stay focused and motivated to whatever your goals are and you will succeed regardless of what level of education you currently have.