Yahoo reported seven high-paying jobs you can get without a college degree. Close to a third of the adult U.S. population has a college degree. In today’s economy it no longer guarantees a job, as it used to, however graduation from college is generally a prerequisite for many high-paying jobs.
For those who cannot go to college, there are still a bevy of high-paying jobs that only require a high school diploma. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2012 occupational profiles from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to identify the jobs that hold the high salaries and generally do not require anything but a high school education.
While these positions do not require a college degree, very few are accessible to a job seeker directly out of high school. In fact, they require a great deal of on-the-job training, certifications, or years of lower work to move up the ranks.
Some of these jobs have higher compensation because of unfavorable conditions in which the employee must work. Subway workers have to work underground all day and streetcar operators have to keep an extremely flexible schedule.
7. Subway and Streetcar Operators
Median annual income: $62, 730
Total employed: 8,750
6. Fashion Designers
Median annual income: $62,860
Total employed: 16,560
5. Power Distributors and Dispatchers
Median annual income: $71, 690
Total employed: 11.590
4. Detective and Criminal Investigators
Median annual income: $74,300
Total employed: 109,230
3. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Median annual income: $74,990
Total employed: 7,140
2. Elevator Installer and Repairers
Median annual income: $76,650
Total employed: 19,700
1. Airline Pilots, Copilots and Flight Engineers
Median annual income: $114,200
Total employed: 66, 270