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Old 05-23-2019, 03:36 PM
 
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What are some of the highest paying professions that don't require 4 years of college?
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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There are almost none that exist for a high school education alone, unless you have some inside track or innate talent you can leverage.

There are many that require training and certification and start at good pay and get better - mostly mechanical and skilled trades. My daughter was in college with indifferent aims - a business degree - and looking at sub-$20/hr employment even with the degree. She switched to a highly ranked trade school, got through a 15-month program in 12, had a couple of starter jobs through her latter months, and discarded them for $21/hour and a steeply graduated pay scale as she adds industry training and certifications. (I hesitate to say what field, as it will sound absurd, but it's not sitting at a desk. )

Look into technical training for any field that truly interests you, or talk to a good local tech school about what programs they offer. Community colleges often offer good and reasonably inexpensive programs. Once again, though, none of them are going to be easy or involve sitting at a desk all day.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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What are some of the highest paying professions that don't require 4 years of college?
Other jobs that will ALSO require math and reading aptitude, attending classes and passing exams
and of course actually working at something sweaty and dirty for 2000+ hours per year...
so that after 5-7 years of progressive accomplishment ...
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:55 PM
 
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What about air condition repair? I've heard that pays well.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:58 PM
 
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What about air condition repair? I've heard that pays well.
HVAC remains strong, as far as I know, especially if you learn sheet metal work (ducting) and commercial-grade equipment.

You should be able to find info about the viability of any such career in your area - look at job listings, call a few companies and see if someone will be kind enough to tell you about training and experience they respect, etc.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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What are some of the highest paying professions that don't require 4 years of college?
roughneck in the oilfield.High school grads with no degrees are making 6 figures where i live working on drilling rigs and other blue collar oil-field work.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:19 PM
 
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agree with C24L: roughnecks make the most with the least.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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roughneck in the oilfield.High school grads with no degrees are making 6 figures where i live working on drilling rigs and other blue collar oil-field work.
Some of the hardest work on earth, high risk of permanent injury, you have to go where the jobs are (which is rarely on Hawaiian beaches)... and I'd be concerned about the industry in the medium run or less.

But you may as well be drilling for dollars, yes.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Elevator mechanic.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction...-repairers.htm

Median pay is $79,000, which means half earn more. They are in high demand, and regulations require elevators to be inspected and repaired by qualified professionals.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:15 PM
 
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There are some good ones on this list:

The 10 highest-paying jobs you can get without a college degree all pay more than $79,000
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