Many people have to face a sticky spot when changing careers, because their current one isn’t interesting enough, or doesn’t pay well enough. Many people change track because they didn’t land their dream job. A lack of expertise or knowledge in the new career makes it very difficult, not to mention risky, to pursue a whole new career. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. As a student, I am firm believer in learning on-the-job. True, there are some jobs out there, such as a medical or an engineering job, for which you need a proper college degree, or at least a diploma. But other, less technical job, you can learn while at it, if you are motivated enough. Here, we have compiled a list of the top 10 hottest jobs that don’t require you to have a college degree.
Note: These jobs may require you to learn skills as you go along, but the skills might not be a pre-requisite. The salary mentioned in net annual income as per Forbees records and the U.S Occupational Outlook Handbook.
1. Air Traffic controller – $102,030
An Air Traffic Controller manages traffic over airports, and directs planes that are inbound or taking off. It does not require any special qualifications. It does, however, need you to have good communication skills, with fluency in at least the English language.
2. Police Supervisor – $64,430
A Police Supervisor’s job is to take charge of investigations or detective work, which could be challenging. It requires good analytical skills, but no degree. This job could be dangerous though.
3. Sales manager – $59,300
Sales managers help companies generate business by contacting potential customers and selling them products. Some companies do require sales managers to have a degree, but only about one-third sales managers have a bachelor’s degree.
4. Real Estate Broker – $58,720
This is perhaps the most popular job that doesn’t require you to have a degree. There are lots of millionaire real estate brokers who don’t have a college degree, but have made fortunes. Real estate brokering requires no special skills. You just need to be open to risk taking and investment, and money will find its way to you.
5. Commercial pilot – $53,870
Piloting is perhaps one of the most fun jobs. And it pays quite well too! Besides, you get to travel around the world! It’s a job involving a very high responsibility though.
6. Electrician – $48,250
Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses and factories. Although most electricians learn through a formal apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require licensing.
7. Dental Hygienist – $48,150
A dental hygienist is responsible for oral hygiene. Although it does not require a 4+ year degree in medicine, it does require an associate degree, with some training.
8. Radiation Therapist – $47,800
Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by giving radiation treatments. Like dental hygienists, they don’t need to be fully qualified doctors, but they do need to have a certain training experience, and are supervised by senior doctors. They are responsible for operating the machines, and handling the technical aspect of radiology.
9. Web developer – $45,000
The web is perhaps the fastest growing industry ever. And web developers are more in demand now than ever. Web development is fun! And it’s not very difficult to learn. Anybody can learn the necessary skills and start developing great websites!
10. Surveyor – $31,000
Surveyors conduct surveys for companies for market research about a certain project. This involves socializing with people, and asking them for feedback regarding a certain product.