With the rising costs of college education nowadays, it is not surprising that more and more people opt to join the workforce after high school graduation. Here are the highest earning jobs, with the corresponding median yearly salary, that you can explore even if you do not have a bachelor’s degree:.
10. Bookkeeper – $34,040
A bookkeeper performs general accounting duties and tends to have lower levels of responsibilities than accountants. He focuses more on producing reports, maintaining financial records, and recording daily financial transactions like income and expenditures. Most companies only require bookkeepers to have a high school diploma and a high school course in accounting or bookkeeping. No licenses, certificates, or registrations are normally needed. Some companies may require prior clerical experience. If you enjoy working with numbers, then this might just be the job for you.
9. Administrative/Executive Assistant – $34,660
An administrative or executive assistant is traditionally the all-around go-to guy in a company. He provides general administrative and clerical support to ensure that the company runs efficiently. An executive assistant has different duties ranging from attending to phone calls, replying to e-mails, scheduling and assisting in meetings, and using different office equipment like scanners, copiers, and fax machines. This position usually requires a high school diploma and basic office skills like word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and use of basic office equipment. Good interpersonal and customer service skills would definitely be a plus.
8. Automobile Body Repairer – $34,660
An automobile body repairer restores, refinishes, and replaces automobile bodies and frames, window glass, and windshields. While you can apply for this position with your high school diploma, most employers now tend to look for repairers with formal training or industry certification. If you are considering this job, take note that this can be physically demanding. You may need to work in cramped areas and awkward positions. There may also be health risks if the shop is not well ventilated to disperse paint and dust fumes.
7. Glazier – $36,640
A glazier installs glass in display cases, skylights, windows, and storefronts in order to reduce or remove the need for artificial lighting or to create distinctive designs. With your high school diploma, you can already apply for this job. Do not worry if you are totally clueless about glass installation. You can acquire the necessary skills through formal apprenticeship. Similar to an automobile body repairer though, this work can be physically demanding too. It also comes with several risks such as falling from scaffolding and ladders, and cuts from glass and tools.
6. Industrial Machine Repairer – $44,160
An industrial machine repairer maintains and repairs factory equipment and industrial machinery like packaging equipment, production machinery, and conveying systems. Most employers only require a high school diploma for this job. However, you might need additional on-the-job training for a year or two after you graduate from high school. Industrial machine repairers also need to follow a number of safety precautions at work such as the use of protective equipment like hearing protectors, safety glasses, and hard hats.
5. Plumber – $46,660
A plumber installs and repairs pipes that carry water to and in homes, factories, and businesses. This job normally requires a high school diploma but some plumbers attend technical school before applying for this occupation. Do not fret if you do not have such training because you can actually learn on the job through your apprenticeship. Note, however, that most states require a license for plumbers. You also have to take into consideration that this job would require you to work in tight spaces.
4. Paralegal Assistant – $46,680
A paralegal assistant, as the name suggests, does different tasks to assist lawyers. These tasks can include something as simple as organizing and maintaining files to more complicated tasks like performing legal research and drafting documents. Unlike the other jobs on this list though, most employers require an associate’s degree or a certificate in paralegal studies for this position. While some employers require a bachelor’s degree, you can still be hired even if you lack legal education or experience as you can be trained on the job. However, you have to be ready for the long hours, the way lawyers work.
3. Electrician – $48,250
An electrician installs, maintains, and repairs electrical systems in businesses, factories, and homes, both indoors and outdoors. You can get this job with your high school diploma, without any experience. You can learn the skills required for an electrician through a formal apprenticeship. If you want to get a head start, you can attend a technical school before applying for the job. Most states require electricians to be licensed. Some risks to watch out for include falls, cuts, burns, and even electrical shocks.
2. Communication Equipment Mechanic – $54,710
A communication equipment mechanic sets up, maintains, and repairs equipment that transmits signals to carry information. The equipment may be placed in businesses or homes. While you can get this job with a high school diploma, it would help if you take some electives or advanced courses in high school such as electronics, computer applications, or equipment maintenance and repair. You can get additional training on the job which would typically include formal classroom training and informal hands-on experience. You can also opt to attend formal training programs to acquire the necessary skills to become a communication equipment mechanic.
1. Web Developer – $75,660
A web developer creates and designs websites and their associated applications. You can be hired for this job in various industries or you may also choose to become an independent contractor. While formal education in web design and its related fields would be preferred, you can become a web developer with your high school diploma. You just need to exhibit knowledge and understanding of computer programming and graphic design. The best thing about this job, apart from being the highest earning on this list, is that you can even do it in the comfort of your own home.
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