Although a college degree is a strong benefit when searching for a job, a number of well-paid careers require either no college courses or at most an associate's degree. Supervisory positions in a variety of industries pay well. Certification programs in health-care fields can lead to well-paying jobs. Apprenticeships in skilled trades can be a wise path to take. For people with the right temperament, sales careers can be very lucrative, often with no educational requirements.
Supervisory Jobs Offer Financial Rewards
Supervisory jobs requiring no college degree are well paid in a number of fields. In trades such as painting and assembly work, supervisors' pay is in the $50,000 range. Credit and collections supervision salaries are also in this range, as are payroll and data-control supervisory jobs. Supervising cable installation and maintenance can pay upwards of $60,000. In health care, home-care aide supervisors and medical facility housekeeping managers may receive upwards of $55,000. An added benefit in fields such as collections is that they offer good starting pay to entry-level employees, providing the perfect opportunity to work your way up in a field with strong advancement potential.
Certifications, Associate's Degrees and Apprenticeships
Certificate programs, apprenticeships and associate's degrees can open the door to what could be considered golden opportunities. The mean salary for a radiology or x-ray technician with a high-school diploma and a certificate from a one-year certification program is just over $56,000. Dental hygienists on average make $66,000 with a two-year associate's degree. Many community colleges offer these programs. Before embarking on a course of study, do your research both online and by talking with a college adviser. Training in skilled trades can lead to well-paying careers also. A journeyman electrician can expect to make between $45,000 and $60,000 annually. The training is by apprenticeship so it's an earn-as-you-learn opportunity. A lead carpenter may also command wages of over $60,000.
Careers in Sales
Sales jobs consistently rank high on lists of best-paying jobs. Account managers, outside-sales reps and sales managers all have the potential to make six figures, often without the need of college-level coursework. However, commission-only jobs also have the potential of paying little to nothing, so it's important to understand the risks and be temperamentally suited for this area of endeavor. Working as a real-estate broker requires a combination of sales and managerial skills as well as industry-specific licensing. Brokers are often paid upwards of $70,000. Sales-agent jobs in real estate and insurance have high income potential as well. Both require licensing.
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