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Old 12-29-2010, 01:48 AM
 
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Default Looking for a job that pays $35,000 a year without a 4 year degree

Any ideas or suggestions on where to look? I have my two year associate of art's degree, I am 27 and held down the same job (veterinary health) for eight years. I just want a job where I can earn more money. My real passion is music and hope to make a career out of that soon, but right now I just want a better day job. Where can I look for a job that pays this much?
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Some jobs that pay around that salary that don't require college or specialty schools are police officer, animal control officer, other civic jobs, mail carrier, bus drivers, package delivery, and after a few years experience you could probably earn that in relatively simple office jobs like clerical, secretary, accounts payable/receivable, court clerks, order processors, shipping/receiving clerks, or more manual jobs like warehouse work, factories, assembly, and who knows what else. Real estate, real estate inspection, property assessing and the like probably aren't incredibly hard to get into.

Really your best bet to earn that much immediately might be waiting tables, if you're presentable and do a good job.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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People that clean up blood and gore for insurance companies from cars after MVAs, cleaning up the aftermath from homicide, accident and suicide scenes make as much as $100,000/yr without a degree.

I think longshoremen make similar wages, but there is a very large entry barrier. You have to be accepted into union and I hear wait list is looong.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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It really depends on what city you are looking in, the size of the city, the cost of living and so many other variables that make just stating that you want to earn $35,000 a year without a 4 year degree. Manual labor here starts at $8.00 to $10.00 an hour with clerical jobs starting at a lower rate usually unless you have some sort of special skills. The cost of living here is lower than in the big city so that money goes a little further. In Kansas, $35,000 a year is really a generous annual income unless you are in the bigger cities. You don't necessarily need the 4 year degree but would need some sort of certification/degree at a lower level. What skills do you have or feel that you could easily attain for this $35,000 a year job?
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Any ideas or suggestions on where to look? I have my two year associate of art's degree, I am 27 and held down the same job (veterinary health) for eight years. I just want a job where I can earn more money. My real passion is music and hope to make a career out of that soon, but right now I just want a better day job. Where can I look for a job that pays this much?
Get your insurance license and work for an insurance agency as an agent....or start your own agency after you get some experience.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:29 AM
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If your passion is music you should be looking for a job that will allow you the time to pursue it. Jobs that start someone off at $35,000 will use up a significant amount of your time and that will infringe upon your outside activities. You will be on call, working nights, holidays and weekends and may be supervising others. But aside from a job or your pursuit of music, why not finish school? That would be the best investment for someone your age in this economy. You could kill two birds with one stone by getting certified in elementary music education. You could get the summer off to play music as well as practically every evening, weekend and holiday.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Some jobs that pay around that salary that don't require college or specialty schools are police officer, animal control officer, other civic jobs, mail carrier, bus drivers, package delivery, and after a few years experience you could probably earn that in relatively simple office jobs like clerical, secretary, accounts payable/receivable, court clerks, order processors, shipping/receiving clerks, or more manual jobs like warehouse work, factories, assembly, and who knows what else. Real estate, real estate inspection, property assessing and the like probably aren't incredibly hard to get into.

Really your best bet to earn that much immediately might be waiting tables, if you're presentable and do a good job.
It is very easy to get sued as well if you do not know what you are doing. Also at this point in time you can easily obtain your license (I believe Kansas is now a licensed State) but the costs for starting up are high and can be incredibly high. This is not really the business to get into at this particular time.

What's wrong with the veterinary health field? I hate needles but if I did not I would be as happy as can be in that field.

Instead of changing to another job have you considered running some type of part time business related to veterinary health? Or possibly some other part time endeavor just to raise the income?
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Uplifter also could just consider his or herself blessed to have a job and perhaps ask for a raise.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:51 AM
 
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I have a two year associates degree. I want to actually attend Fort Haye's Online Virtual College and get my Bachelor's in Sociology..mainly because I am interested in it and would like to just say I do have a degree in something. In the meantime I will be pursuing my music. The job I have now actually does allow me to work on music quite often and even one of the managers told me a lot of musicians work there because it seems to fit the lifestyle. I only make 11 bucks an hour plus monthly bonus but it pays the bills. I just want more money so I can travel.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:47 AM
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Kansas wouldn't be my first choice for a place to work on a music career.
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