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20 High-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A College Degree

20 High-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A College Degree

Going to college can be tough. It costs a lot of money, requires a lot of time, and thanks to the way things are now, simply isn’t geared toward the average person anymore. Don’t fret! There are still a bunch of ways to make decent money without a college degree and here are some high-paying jobs to prove it.

1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Median Wage: $81,000

Description: As the description implies, you will be managing transportation, storage, and distribution. It requires at least 5 years working in the field so you’ll need to get an entry level job first. According to the job forecast, there will be nearly 30,000 job openings in this field in the next eight years.

2. Police and Detective supervisors

Median Wage: $78,000

Description: Once again, as the name implies, you’ll be the supervisor of a bunch of police officers and detectives. You’ll be doing things like assigning cases and patrol routes and managing personnel. It doesn’t require a lot of experience and there could be as many as 37,000 job openings in the next 10 years.

3. Elevator Repair and Installation

High-Paying Jobs

    Median Wage: 

    $76,500

    Description: Yep, you’ll be installing, repairing, and maintaining elevators, escalators, and other mechanical lifts. It’s construction work which is great if you like to work with your hands. It’s not as prevalent as some of these other jobs because the job forecast believes that there will only be about 8,000 of these jobs available in the next 10 years.

    4. Nuclear Power Reactor operators

    Median Wage: $75,000

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    Description: This sounds like something you absolutely should have a college degree to do but fortunately they don’t trust the operators with any of the engineering stuff. Operators do things like move control rods, record data, monitor systems, and make small adjustments to the controls. Plus, you’ll have Homer Simpson’s job and that’s awesome.

    5. Detective

    Median Wage: $74,000

    Description: Earlier we talked about being a supervisor for detectives and cops but another good option is being an actual detective! You’ll investigate crimes, put bad guys behind bars, and make a pretty decent living in the process. There should be around 28,000 of these jobs available in the next 10 years according to the job forecast.

    6. Commercial pilots

    Median Wage: $73,000

    Description: You already know what a pilot does. These are the guys who fly the airplanes that most people ride. It doesn’t require college but that’s because pilots are trained in a different fashion and learn everything they need to know before flying. There are only 14,400 jobs projected for the next 10 years but you’ll have Quagmire’s job and that’s pretty awesome!

     7. Power distributors and dispatchers

    Median Wage: $72,000

    Description: These people coordinate, distribute and dispatch power to other people and businesses. It sounds easy but there is a lot of on-the-job training which can drag on for a long time. There aren’t a lot of jobs in this field available in the next 10 years but if you can get into it, it pays well.

    8. Agriculture (farmer, rancher, agricultural manager)

    High-Paying Jobs

      Median Wage: 

      $69,000

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      Description: Good old fashioned farming! You can grow crops, maintain a farm, raise animals for milk or food, and do all of those other farm-like things and get paid a decent amount for it. It’s a lot of work and it’s pretty much all manual labor but it’s rewarding, you get a lot of sunshine and fresh air, and the food you produce is feeding something.

      9. Media and communication equipment workers

      Median Wage: $69,000

      Description: These are the people who do things like operate cameras at TV stations, work the soundboard at concert halls, and operate other media and communication things in various industries. There aren’t a lot of these jobs but it doesn’t require college. You’ll be taught how to use, monitor, and adjust the equipment and then you’ll do that very thing. Very easy and very fun if you like music or television.

      10. Power Plant operators

      Median Wage: $66,000

      Description: This job is similar to the nuclear one above except instead of nuclear power these plants produce electricity using water, coal, etc. The job is otherwise pretty much the same. You operate the plant that produces electricity for people and businesses.

      11. Gaming managers

      High-Paying Jobs

        Median Wage: 

        $65,000

        Description: These are otherwise known as casino managers. They’re the pit bosses that make sure the tables are working as they should be and coordinate with security to deal with raucous guests. They make pretty decent money and get to spend all their time at a casino. Unfortunately, there are only about 1,400 of these jobs projected to be opening in the next 10 years.

        12. Business operations specialist

        Median Wage: $65,000

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        Description: These people work inside of large businesses to coordinate things like human resources, training, hiring, and other things of that nature. They don’t participate in the day to day operations of the business on the front but they pretty much handle things on the back end.

        13. Transportation inspectors

        Median Wage: $64,000

        Description: These people essentially inspect things that deal with transportation. These are people who inspect things like subway cars, buses, ships, and anything else that transports cargo or people. They actually don’t maintain anything themselves (that’s another job) so you pretty much just look at things all day long and make sure they aren’t messed up.

        14. Electric power line installers and repairers

        Median Wage: $63,000

        Description: You know when the power goes out, you call in and they send out people to go fix the problem? That’s essentially what this job is. You install power lines and repair them if they go down or other problems arise. This can also include stuff like fiber optic lines for businesses and building power lines to new houses and businesses.

        15. Postmasters

        Median Wage: $63,000

        Description: These actually aren’t the people who deliver mail. These are the guys who are in charge of all the people at the post office. They’re administrative leaders who make sure the mail gets delivered in a timely manner. They get paid pretty well even if it’s a high stress job.

        16. Subway and streetcar operators

        Median Wage: $62,500

        Description: As the name suggests, you’ll be driving subways and streetcars to get people from point A to point B. It pays pretty well but there are only about an estimated 3,000 jobs opening up in this field in the next 10 years.

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        17. Refinery operators

        Median Wage: $62,000

        Description: These people essentially work at petroleum refineries and do things like work the pumps, monitor gauges, and operate the pump system. It’s a big harder because there’s a lot of on-the-job training but there are around 15,000 of these jobs projected to open up in the next ten years. If you live in a city with an oil refinery, be on the hunt for applications because it pays really well.

        18. Gas plant operators

        High-Paying Jobs

          Median Wage: 

          $61,000

          Description: In this job, people work at gas plants and essentially just make sure the place runs right. They check equipment, monitor control systems, and just keep the place on lock down so nothing goes wrong. It pays well and they train you on the job so there’s no need for outside education.

          19. Supervisor of mechanics, installers, and repairers

          Median Wage: $60,000

          Description: You’re essentially in charge of the mechanics, installers, and repairers. You coordinate them, send them places, make sure they’re doing their jobs right. This isn’t industry specific so you could be the supervisor of a car mechanic or a power line installer or an elevator repairer. The best news? There are over 150,000 positions for this job that are expected to open up over the next 10 years.

          20. Claim adjusters

          Median Wage: $60,000

          Description: Claim adjusters look at insurance claims to see if everything is legitimate. They investigate and evaluate claims to make sure everything is as it seems to be. There’s a lot of training on-the-job and it can be a real pain but it pays real money and there are over 80,000 projected job openings in this field in the next 10 years.

          It just goes to show you that you can, in fact, earn a good living without a college education. It’s true that college educated people will continue to average more per year but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a good living without one. $60,000 per year is about $20,000 higher than the US average and there’s nothing to be ashamed of in making that much

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          20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

          20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

          There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

          What Is a Vision Statement?

          A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

          A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

          If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

          You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

          The Importance of a Vision Statement

          Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

          If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

          The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

          Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

          How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

          1. Dream big and use clear language

          An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

          • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
          • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
          • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
          • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
          • Use clear and concise language.
          • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

          There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

          2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

          Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

          Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

          1. Disney

          To make people happy.

          2. Oxfam

          A just world without poverty.

          3. Ikea

          To create a better every day life for the many people.

          Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

          4. Microsoft

          Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

            5. Nike

            Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

              Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

              6. Ford

              People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

              7. Avon

              To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

              Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

              8. Honda – in 1970

              We will destroy Yamaha.

              9. Nike – in 1960s

              Crush Adidas.

                10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

                Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

                Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

                11. Stanford University – in the past

                To become the Harvard of the West.

                12. Reach for Success – in the past

                To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

                Internal Transformations vision statements:

                13. Apple

                To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

                14. Giro Sport Design

                To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

                15. Tesla

                To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

                16. Sony

                To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

                17. Facebook

                To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

                  Longer and more detailed vision statement:

                  18. Walmart

                  To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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                  19. Coca Cola

                  To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

                  Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

                  People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

                  Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

                  Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

                  Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

                    20. Heinz

                    Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

                    The Bottom Line

                    Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

                    Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

                    Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

                    Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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                    To your success!

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