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dreday
08-28-2009, 06:33 PM
Updated August, 2009

Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

While the importance of earning a college degree to secure a good job has been ingrained in our brains for as long we can remember, a four-year degree is not the only path to a successful career.

Though schooling is a great way to develop skills and will no doubt enhance your credibility, a college education is no longer a requirement to securing a well-paying salary. Despite the fact that college graduates earn an average of $1 million more than high school graduates during their careers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is possible to land a lucrative position otherwise.

Additionally, workers with a high school education or less have an abundance of positions open to them. In 2006, 66 million jobs -- about 44 percent of the total -- were available to workers with less than a high school education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2016, there are expected to be 71 million jobs available to these workers.

Just because these jobs don't require a college degree, however, doesn't mean that they don't require hard work or extensive training. Here are 20 of the highest-paying jobs that don't require a degree, according to CBSalary.com.

1. Margin department supervisor

Salary: $83,579/year

Primary duties: Overseeing a company's credit department, which manages customer credit accounts and approves or denies credit to customers.

2. Air traffic controller

Salary: $74,922/year

Primary duties: Controlling air traffic around airports according to established procedures and policies to ensure flight safety.

3. Automobile service station manager

Salary: $72,246/year

Primary duties: Supervising gas stations and planning and implementing policy and procedure like hours of operation, workers' duties and prices for products and services.


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WeVie
08-28-2009, 10:05 PM
They should have put my job on there. Working on a drill rig can make you over $40,000 or more your first year. If you do good and move up, you can make $70,000 a year in two years time. If you continue you do well and move up, then you are talking six figures in maybe five to seven years.

Noodle Arm
08-28-2009, 10:35 PM
I applied for the Detroit Lions front office position.

Bumpus
08-28-2009, 11:15 PM
CEO of General Motors?

GoonBoss
08-29-2009, 03:08 AM
I made up to 75K in a year working contract security.

Very little college here.

I'm pretty big though.

SpurzN703
08-29-2009, 11:03 PM
I wonder what the requirements are for these jobs? You have to have gotten some experience somewhere....

Ricky4Life
08-30-2009, 01:12 AM
Well for #2 I would say more often then not, they are going to be retired USAF.

SpaceMountain16
09-01-2009, 11:58 PM
Raiders draft pick?

Possum
09-02-2009, 01:00 AM
2. Air traffic controller

Salary: $74,922/year

Primary duties: Controlling air traffic around airports according to established procedures and policies to ensure flight safety.


Good money, but i couldnt sit in a dark room for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. responsibility kind of freaks me out too.