12 High paying jobs that don’t require a degree

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Did you know you can make five or six-figure income with jobs that don’t require a degree?

I know it’s good to have a degree. But if you don’t have one, and you don’t see yourself going back to college, then don’t limit yourself to just any job.

You have so many great choices. 

And in this post, I will show you just 11 of so many high paying jobs that don’t require a degree. And you can start some of them now…

1. Freelance Writing

If you thought you only need a degree to earn a good pay, you may be mistaken.

Freelance writing is a very lucrative job that you can start right away.

Fortunately, you don’t need much qualification to work as a freelance writer. I even know some non native English speakers, like myself, who make four figures from this job.

So if you can cross your t’s and fix your punctuation, then you are on track.

Forget about $5 Fiver gigs. I know writers who earn between $100 – $300 per post. But there is something they do differently:

They don’t hustle for $5 gigs. No, they go out and hunt for high paying companies. How?

  • Prospecting: Find high prospect companies on LinkedIn and Google.
  • Email: Find contacts’ email address with hunter or Snov.io and
  • Pitch: Send emails to prospect companies and pitch your ideas.

2. Become a transcriber

Est. Income: $24,000

A transcription job is another lucrative side hustle that doesn’t require a college degree to get started and earn good money.

The average base salary for a transcriber, according to Glassdoor, is $24,000.

Keep in mind that the figure only gives a fair idea of how much you can expect to earn. 

You may earn even more or, possibly less, depending on the company you work for and a couple of other things.

As a transcriber, your role is to convert audio messages to text formats.

In that case, your only required skills are to have adequate knowledge of the language, be good at listening, and fast at typing.

If you tick the three boxes, then you are set.

To start working as a transcriber, you can register here.

3. Open an Etsy shop

Est. Income: No limit

This is more like putting up your own business than working for someone. The good thing is that there is no limit to how much you can make from your Etsy shops.

There are Etsy shop owners than earn above $10,000/M from their shops.

Alicia Shaffer makes more than $1 million a year from her Etsy shop.

Even if you start with $1000, it’s still a decent income.

And guess what, the longer you are on Etsy, the more products you will have, and the more money rolls into your bank accounts.

So, with a bit of time and patience, and you can be pulling in six figures from your ETSY shop.

4. Become a Digital Marketer

Est. Income: $100,000

Companies spend $333.25 billion on digital Ads in 2019 alone.

To get a good idea of what I’m saying, check out the breakdown of ad spends on different platforms:

Why am I showing you this?

Well, if only 0.001% of that money can enter into your bank, you can live the next 10 years sitting at the beach.

How? By becoming a digital marketer.

Your only job is to help companies optimize their ads to their target audience and drive sales.

I have seen some digital marketers net up more than $100,000/yr doing exactly that.

You don’t need a degree to do that, but you need a digital marketing training.

If you don’t know how to get started, I suggest you enroll for Clickbank affiliate marketing course.

Clickbank has helped their clients make over $4 billion using the same strategies you will be taught in that course.

5. Start a proofreading job

Another job you can start without a single college degree is proofreading.

And believe it: You can make four or five figures as a proofreader.

There are over million of company websites that are in search of proofreaders to proofread their copies and fix errors. 

According to Glassdoor, an average proofreader earns about $4/M.

Here are some sites online that hire you to work as a proofreader.

While these sites are great to get started and start making money as a proofreader right away, the downside is that they share a percent of your earnings.

You will earn far more money from a proofreading job by cutting the middlemen and working with companies directly.

To do that, you only will have to follow the same cold pitching approach. It takes more effort, but it pays much more.

  • Set up your business website.
  • Search companies and businesses on Linkedin or Google.
  • Find contacts’ email addresses using Snov.io.
  • Pitch your service and negotiate your rate with interested prospects.

6. Become a web developer

Est. Income: $79,000 plus a year

You don’t need a freaking degree to get started with a web development job.

I said that because I started my online journey as a web developer myself.

And guess what? It has nothing to do with my discipline of study at the Uni.

It took me a couple of youtube videos and practice.

The good thing with tech jobs is that the demand is ever-growing, and the competition is comparatively low since fewer people dabble into them.

And that means a good thing for you.

The average salary of a web developer in the US, according to indeed, is $78435 a year.

And don’t mistakenly take that for the limit. You can earn way higher than $155,000 a year.

How much you earn depends on how you are hired. There are two ways to get hired as a web developer.

Freelancing job sites

That includes taking projects on freelancing websites. Some of the most popular freelancing websites to land web development jobs are:

  • Upwork
  • Freelancers
  • Fivers

Freelancing websites are great to get started with web developing jobs, but they earn significantly less compared to being hired under a company.

Working under a company: This is by far the better paying way to earn as a web developer.

You may need to get certifications and prepare CVs. The pay will be worth that stress.

Any degree can be a great plus, but the thing is that you don’t need a CS degree to get hired.

And you can land a web development job with a good certification even if you don’t have a degree.

You can find hiring companies and start applying to companies through these sites:

  • Indeed
  • Linkedin

8. Commercial pilot job

With 9-month flight training, you will be able to work as a commercial pilot with your secondary school certificate.

With this job, you can earn up to $73,000/yr in median salary as a commercial pilot.

And fortunately, all you need is your secondary school certificate and a 9-month flight training at a flight academy.

9. Post Master job

Your job as a postmaster and mail superintendent is to coordinate the activities or post office workers and resolve customer complaints.

You will also be required to train newly employed workers in your assigned post office and prepare post office reports.

With a postmaster job, you can expect a median salary of $64,500.

10. Licensed practical nurse

As a licensed practical nurse, your work is to help dress wounds for healing patients, install catheters, and monitor patients on medical equipment.

Unlike a registered nurse job, you don’t need a degree.

With a one-year nursing program after your secondary diploma, you are ready to work.

You can expect to earn up to $45,000 in median salary with this job.

11. Massage therapist job

Massage therapists use touch to treat muscle pains, improve blood flow, ease stress, and improve recovery for injured patients.

Like other jobs on this list, your secondary school certificate would be enough to secure you a job as a massage therapist.

Working as a massage therapist, you can expect to earn up to $40,881/yr in average salary according to Payscale.

12. Phlebotomist job

You can expect to earn up to $35,000/yr in median salary as a phlebotomist.

Your role in this job is to draw blood samples from patients for medical examination.

You also don’t need a degree for this job. You only need a certification from a technical school, which, fortunately, may even take you less than six months.

13. Maintenance and repair job

Maintenance and repair job is more like handy works and doesn’t require much-specialized skills.

So expectedly, you won’t need any form of specialized certification to qualify for a repair job.

The median salary for maintenance and repair jobs, according to Payscale is $38,300.

14. Transport inspector job

As a transport inspector, you will be required to inspect cargos and ensure they comply with transport rules.

Like the other jobs on this list, you don’t need a degree to work as a transport inspector. With a secondary school certificate, you are ready.

With this job, you can earn up to $64,000/yr.

15. System operators job

With this job, you can expect to earn up to $75,000 in median salary.

Your job is to control the distribution of power from the power station to substations and users.

And fortunately, all you need for this job is a secondary school certificate and, most of the time, you don’t even need work experience.

16. Criminal detective job

Your job here is to resolve breach of federal, state, or local laws and identify offenders.

You also don’t need a degree to work as a criminal detective.

The median salary of criminal detectives, according to Payscale is $61,6578.

Some top earners, according to Payscale, can earn up to $100,000/yr.

17. Inventory manager job

You will be required to control supply and shipping and manage warehouses.

As an inventory manager, you can expect up to $54,000 in average salary.

You can do this job with just your secondary certificate.

18. Medical Assistant

As a medical assistant, you will be working in a doctor’s office to help with routine office and some basic medical chores.

You only need a secondary school diploma to get working. You may, however, want to get more certificates in the course of the work to increase your earnings prospect.

You can expect to earn up to $35,000 in median salary with this job.

Author: incomefizo

Iā€™m Tunde. I'm a finance writer and business freak. When bored, I remember my goals, jump up four times and run back to work.

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