21 High Paying Jobs Without a College Degree

A college degree is a sensible way to invest in one’s future, but for many, the financial burden may come at too high a cost.

For some individuals, deciding to enter the workforce directly after secondary school may be the logical financial decision.

Compiled on the next slides is our list of high paying jobs without requiring a college degree, as supported by data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

Commercial pilots must work up to higher-paying jobs, as most start as first officers after meeting their required flight hours.

Commercial Pilots

If you prefer an office job and enjoy  basic math and accounting, beginning a career in bookkeeping may open  more doors for your future career.

Bookkeepers and Auditing Clerks

Paralegals need to complete an associate  degree for most jobs; however, legal assistants usually have no  requirements besides a high school degree.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

If you are looking for something more  entrepreneurial, becoming a real estate agent can deliver an opportunity  to earn an extremely high income.

Real Estate Brokers

Power plant operators oversee the plants that feed the electric grid and send out electricity for regional and national use.

Power Plant Operator

These roles include installing,  repairing, and moving machinery throughout factories or on construction  sites.

Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Millwrights

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