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How is this possible? "10 high paying jobs w/ little education"

This is amazing! How do they get paid THAT much? Are you serious? With this little of education! $85000 a yr starting to watch dots? It can't be a shortage, there simply not that many airports, not to mention not a physical job which means you can work well into old age without physical limitations. My thought is that yes they do make this $ but don't those jobs never hire.*

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A college degree can be a great path towards a well-paying, satisfying profession, but a bachelor's degree isn't for everyone. In fact, some see advanced education as overrated. A surge in the number of college graduates have dampened the value of a college education. College comes intact with high tuition, room and board, and supplies fees - and that's not even factoring in debt payments that usually last for years, if not decades.

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Beware of online lists of top-paying professions with little schooling. Some lists cite obscure professions or ones requiring long-term on-the-job training. Just because a profession doesn't officially require a degree is no indicator that and education wouldn't be advantageous, especially for inexperienced applicants in today's competitive job market.

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Here's a list of top-paying jobs requiring little schooling, and their median annual earnings as of 2006, using the latest data available from theBureau of Labor Statistics. Keep in mind that these jobs have their own challenges and often require some type of specialized schooling - sometimes on-the-job training.

1. Air Traffic Controllers: $117,200*

These workers make sure airplanes land and take off safely, and they typically top lists of this nature. The median 50% earned between $86,860-142,210, with good benefits. Air traffic controllers are eligible to retire at age 50 with 20 years of service, or after 25 years at any age.

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Watching blinking dots on a radar screen that control the lives of hundreds can be stressful, and the job require specialized FAA schooling and on-the-job training. Typically, two to four years of training are needed in order to become fully certified, although previous military experience can cut that time down significantly.

2. Industrial Production Managers: $77,670*

They oversee manufacturing activities. A college degree is preferred, but not necessarily mandatory. They often work in industries such as aviation and automobiles.

3. First-Line Police and Detective Supervisors: $69,300*

Police officers can advance through the ranks to become supervisors by passing exams and achieving good performance reviews, and advanced training can help win promotions.

4. Funeral Director: $49,620*

College programs in mortuary science usually last from two to four years. You typically must also serve a one-year apprenticeship, pass an exam and obtain a state license. Hours can be long and irregular. Dealing with dead bodies and crying relatives isn't for everyone.

5. Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers: $47,460*

Police corporals had an average minimum annual base salary of $44,160, according to the International City-County Management Association. But total income can significantly exceed base salary because of overtime pay. And police officers can often retire at half-pay after 25-30 years of service.*

Applicants usually must have at least a high school education, and some departments require a year or two of college or even a degree. Rookies are trained at police academies.

6. Advertising Sales Agents: $42,750*

20% have a high school degree or less, and 10% have an Associate's degree.

7. Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents: $39,760*

Don't let that figure fool you; the highest 10% earned more than $111,500. While advanced coursework is not necessarily required, new entrants must pass an exam and get a state license. Connections in the community and a willingness to work hard are what really count, but experience and a good housing market also help.

8. Occupational Therapist Assistants: $42,060*

These workers usually need an associate degree or a certificate. They work with occupational therapists, helping injured patients recover from, or compensate for, lost motor skills. Job prospects are good in the growing health care field, especially for those with some post-secondary education.

9. Occupational Therapist Aides: $25,000*

These employees receive most training on the job. Under supervision of occupational therapists, they also work with injured people. Competition for jobs is tougher for those with only a high school diploma.

10. Physical Therapist Assistants: $41,360*

These workers deal with physical therapists, helping patents improve mobility, relieve pain or overcome injuries or disabilities. Those working in home health care services tend to make more on average. Aides, earning an average of $22,000, are trained on the job. Assistants, who have greater responsibilities, typically need an associate's degree.

The Bottom Line

Despite a recession, plenty of career paths can lead to well-paying professions without spending four years or more hitting the books, including opportunities in law enforcement, health care and sales. The goal is to find a job that matches your own particular talents and preferences in addition to supporting your lifestyle.


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Re: How is this possible? "10 high paying jobs w/ little education"

Those jobs usually require more experience than formal education. Air Traffic Control hires more folks with a military background in the field than not so the formal education isn't necessarily a requirement and the upward pay is justified.

The salaries in those reports are also usually skewed. I remember back reading about how I was supposedly supposed to be able to be starting out at the salary I'm making now rather than needing to work up to it, kinda unrealistic for the most part.

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This is amazing! How do they get paid THAT much? Are you serious? With this little of education! $85000 a yr starting to watch dots? It can't be a shortage, there simply not that many airports, not to mention not a physical job which means you can work well into old age without physical limitations. My thought is that yes they do make this $ but don't those jobs never hire.
Well, doesn't require any college degree, but there is training involved to be sure. And the job can be extremely stressful, burnout rates are high.

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Yes ATC is a very stressful job. You mess up you kill people. The washout rate for the training school is very high.

bb123, it's not like these people walk in off the street. They do have an approved ATC course.

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Re: How is this possible? "10 high paying jobs w/ little education"

"Little education" is relative and doesn't necessarily translate into being an "easy" job. That's like saying you can be a professional weight lifter with little education, that doesn't mean anyone can physically do the job. Same goes with other jobs, like ATC. Churn and suicide rates are (or used to be) relatively high, it's a VERY high-stress job that takes a certain mindset and personality to deal with effectively. If you do well with chaos and constantly moving targets then being an ATC may be for you.

A practical, well-paying, always-in-demand job will generally always be in healthcare. Nurses do VERY well, but I wouldn't say they have "little education" to get the schooling they need. It's definitely a lot less time than becoming a physician or surgeon. These are also high-stress, high-suicide-rate jobs.

I won't disclose what my income is, but technically speaking I have zero formal education, no degree, and make a very comfortable living in the technology sector. In this field it's actual experience that gets you places, not a piece of paper. Obviously that's not going to be the case for every job, but they're out there if you can get your foot in the door.

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Re: How is this possible? "10 high paying jobs w/ little education"

Hmmmmmm.

YouTube anyone, lol. The first is a video by the FAA and they have even gone so far as to advertise on Craig's List.

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I toured the FAA facility in Fremont before... way before 9-11 you can't even drive by that place too slow anymore, anyway shoot they deserve that pay thats a stressful high burnout job.


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Anyone who says air traffic controllers get paid too much needs a swift kick in the junk.

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A friend of mine is an ATC and I even took some practice exams which I did quite well on but I missed the age cut off by about a month.

It's not for everyone, can drive many folks insane and if someone has the proper skill set, temperament, guts and is willing to do it, they should be paid whatever the passengers and pilots feel their lives are worth, lol.

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