The very highest-paying salaries in the country – which go well over the $200,000 mark — correlate with professions that require extensive education and training, and are paid out to obstetricians and gynecologists, surgeons and anesthesiologists, among others. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to spend your life with your head buried in textbooks and slaving along as a low-salary medical resident before you can see the light at the end of the tunnel – which illuminates the mountain of student loan debt you accrued on your way to your career.
Fortunately, there are also high-paying jobs that require minimal education or training. These are legal (and ethical) jobs that don’t involve pyramid schemes, or dancing on poles in gentleman’s clubs. Now, these jobs won’t put you at the $200,000 mark, however, the lowest-paying job on the list pays almost $15,000 more than the $45,790 earned by the average worker in America. The list also offers variety, so whether you like to work with your hands, crunch numbers, or you’re a computer geek, there’s something for you. And some of the jobs are even management positions.
While the value of a college degree is obvious, it’s not the only path to a successful, well-paying career. Employers understand that book knowledge is important, but they also look for workers with analytical and decision-making skills. Jobs of the 21st century require people who can solve problems, have the ability to lead teams, and know how to communicate effectively. Job seekers with these skills, who are results-driven, and can project themselves confidently, should not be limited by education or training. Here are a few of the options, arranged by average salary.
Claims Adjusters – $61,480
Claims adjusters inspect damaged vehicles and houses, and interview witnesses to establish how much an insurance company should pay for repairs and other types of claims. According to the Department of Labor, they may also perform additional research, such as consultations with doctors or lawyers, to obtain expert evaluations before reaching a decision. Claims adjusters work for insurance companies, the federal government, state and local governments, and for firms that manage companies and enterprises.
The educational requirement is a high school diploma, although some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree. Claims adjusters need good communication skills to interview and interact with claimants, witnesses, and other people essential to the claims process. In addition, claims adjusters should have good analytical skills to investigate and evaluate various types of information before determining how much the insurance company should pay.