No College? No Problem: 4 High-Paying Jobs Without a Degree

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Mar 26, 2019

Mar 26, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

You may have already heard the mantra that you need to go to college in order to score a good job.

There is some truth to that, as the average individual with a college degree earns around $59,000 a year. Those with just a high school diploma earn an average of $35,000 per year.

While there is no denying cold, hard statistics, it doesn't mean that you can't earn a good living without a college degree. In fact, you might even surpass your peers with a higher education, salary wise.

In this article, we'll go over several jobs without a degree requirement that can have you rolling in the dough.

1. Writer

Okay, we won't sugar coat this one. Being a successful writer is highly subjective and means you'll have to play around with a lot of different strategies before you start to make money. Some people, though, with raw talent, and a bit of luck, can earn quite a bit of money.

Some people go to college to become writers, and many may even earn Masters degrees in the subject. But, you don't have to. Instead, you can always enroll in night classes, or even just attend a local writer's workshop.

With some gumption and talent, you could be out-earning your peers who having college degrees. And who knows, you could be sitting on the next cultural phenomenon, a la Harry Potter, waiting to be discovered.

But you don't have to have a high fantasy series in you to become a successful writer. You may be able to pay all of your bills by becoming a blogger.

2. Truck Driver

While driving a truck might seem boring, it can actually bring home the bacon for your family, and quite handsomely. And, luckily, you don't need a degree to do it.

In order to drive a truck, you'll first need to be comfortable behind the wheel. You also need to have a clean driving record and prove to be clean of alcohol and drug abuse.

Most companies will require you to attend a truck driver school, where you'll earn a nondegree certificate. Don't worry, this doesn't mean you'll be parting with hundreds of thousands of dollars, or that you'll be sitting in school for years. It's only a short course that gives you the certification you need to apply for jobs.

In the United States, the average median salary for a truck driver is around $63,000 per year. You can make more depending on the company, where you're driving to and from, your hours and your experience.

While months on the open road away from your family might seem lonely, it can pay off--literally.

3. Freight Broker

Have you ever heard of a freight broker? If not, now is the time to learn, because it may just be the thing for you.

A freight broker works with both truckers and companies that need items shipped. While a freight broker is not affiliated with a company, they work as a go-between, connecting available drivers with companies that need their items out on the road.

Additionally, a freight broker might also do logistics, in that he or she will help track the shipments and ensure that the goods get to where they need to be. A freight broker can also chase up shipments that may have gone missing in the transportation process.

Freight brokers typically work independently, and as one, you may work for a freight broker company or for yourself.

The broker themselves works on a commission basis, so the pay can be all over the place. In some cases, you can find the pay as low as under $40,000 per year. However, on the high end, some freight brokers make as much as $250,000 per year.

If you're interested in opening up your own freight broker business, this resource is a great place to start.

4. Make-Up Artist

Thanks to YouTube, the idea of being a make-up artist has become much more fashionable and en vogue. Many make-up artists, like British born Tanya Burr, for example, have made a small fortune from sharing their everyday make-up tips to the masses online.

But, you don't have to be a YouTuber or a presenter to take home a pretty penny for being able to do make-up well. You can even work in the confines of your home office, or simply have a job you do every day.

Depending on your interest, you can work as a well-paid make-up artist for a variety of events. As a skilled artist, you can earn big bucks doing make-up for weddings, photo shoots, and other events.

But, you can also work as a make-up artist on film sets and in the theater and earn a fairly stable living. The average annual salary for someone with a background in theatrical make-up is around $50,000.

For this type of job, you may work freelance and work on projects on an as-needed basis. Or, you may get hired to work for an on-going play or a long-term film shoot, where you'll earn your bread and butter on a consistent basis.

Are There Jobs Without a Degree Out There Waiting For Me?

While most of us have digested the myth that it's impossible to score any type of high-paying jobs without a degree, we've just proven that it isn't true.

And while some people may believe that only those with technical skills can earn a good wage without a degree, fortunately, that isn't the case either. If college isn't for you and you're not technically inclined, don't fret. There's something out there for everyone.

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