10 High-Paying Jobs That Don t Require a College Degree

Good Careers That Don

Flight attendant

Primary job duties: Flight attendants keep passengers on airplanes safe and comfortable. They give safety demonstrations, help passengers to their seats, and offer food and refreshments throughout the flight. If there’s an emergency, they may administer first aid, guide passengers off the plane safely, or assist passengers with their safety equipment. Flight attendants must have specialized training to complete their tasks safely.

Primary job duties: Chefs work in a kitchen, typically in a restaurant, to prepare and cook food for patrons. They follow strict health and safety standards and ensure their team does as well. Chefs may also create new recipes or adapt existing ones to update the establishment’s menu and keep customers interested. Depending on the place of employment, chefs may train and oversee members of their team, such as the line cook or prep cook.

Pharmacy technician

Primary job duties: A pharmacy technician works with a pharmacist to provide medication and excellent service to customers. They prepare prescribed medications based on a patient’s prescription and have the pharmacist review them for accuracy. Pharmacy technicians may take on administrative tasks as well, such as processing insurance claims, taking inventory, and updating patient files.

Requirements: You must have a high school diploma or GED and meet strict requirements to complete firefighter training in your province or territory. These include being at least 18 years old, having Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, and having a Class 5 driver’s license.

Primary job duties: Firefighters keep their community safe by responding to and resolving emergency situations, such as fires, floods, or car accidents. Their specialized training allows them to handle these situations effectively and provide emergency medical care when necessary. Firefighters must also have a valid driver’s license to operate a firetruck safely, even when under pressure.

Database Manager

Man working on computers

A database manager (also known as a database administrator) is someone who stores and organizes data using specialized software. He or she makes sure that data is secure and available to the people who need access to it. Database managers can work in almost any industry, but they typically work for companies in computer systems design and support.

While some database manager jobs require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in management information systems, some employers look for database managers who simply have strong knowledge of database languages, such as Structures Query Language (SQL).

Elevator Mechanic

After that, you’d want to look for an apprenticeship to begin learning the job-related skills. You may also need to obtain licenses as a final step, depending on what state(s) you’re going to be working in.

I began my career working as a cashier at Whole Foods Market (before they were acquired by Amazon). This was more than a decade ago, yet even then, the store manager made more than $80,000.

Department leaders (like the head of customer service, produce, meat and fish, etc.) all made approximately $20-22 per hour… and were on the path toward potentially becoming store leaders.

So if you don’t mind having to work some odd hours and weekends (which is normal for practically everyone in retail), and don’t mind interacting with customers, then don’t overlook retail store management.

Executive Assistant

Executive assistants are different than administrative assistants. They’re typically assigned to help one executive in a company including preparing reports, scheduling meetings, organizing tasks, and more.

There are millions of small business owners in the US… selling products and services both online and via physical stores, and when people buy from their businesses, nobody is asking the owner, “What college degree do you have?” or “Why didn’t you continue with your education after getting your high school diploma?” In fact, you don’t even see the owner of many businesses.

A career in entrepreneurship isn’t right for everyone, but it’s a great option for some people. I transitioned from office-worker to small business owner (Career Sidekick is my full-time business) and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.