Career and Business

Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs Without a Degree

Real Estate Brokers: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics their average salary is $82,380.

College isn’t for everyone.  Either Americans do not want debt or they just do not want to go to college. Guess what? Just because you haven’t attended college it does not mean you are doomed to be destitute.

In a 2013 survey of business leaders by Gallup, only 28% of business leaders surveyed found a candidate’s college or university major as very important. However, 84% of business leaders said the amount of knowledge the candidate has in the field and 79% said the candidate’s applied skills in the field were both very important. Read the survey here Business Leaders Say Knowledge Trumps College Pedigree.

In the New York Times interview titled “In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal” with Laszolo Block, senior vice president of people operations at Google Block said, “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.” You are that exceptional human being. You just have to have the right qualities and pick the right occupation. Here is a list of occupations that pay well without a degree.

These are the 2013 national averages. Wage averages differ depending upon locale.

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Images and data are from the May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

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