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Good Paying Jobs That Don't Require A College Degree

Friday, Aug 13, 2021, 8:30 am

1.Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistants make about $35,000 per year. They assist Occupational Therapists who work with those who are disabled, or unable to perform tasks, such as those who have had strokes, been in an accident, lost a limb, or are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. It is a rewarding job that could lead to becoming an Occupational Therapist on your own.


The average income for an illustrator is about $60,000. They provide the visual representation of concepts, such as logos, ads, posters, greetings cards, magazines and books. It's a creative job that sometimes goes hand in hand with graphic design. The illustrator works with special software to create eye catching pieces that help to sell a product or company.

3.Court Reporter

A court reporter can make up to $50,000 or more. They transcribe the spoken word of a court case using a special machine that takes short hand. There are two types of court reporters. One is a voice writing court reporter and other is a stenographer. They both pay about the same.

4.Real Estate Broker

A real estate broker works on commission and those commissions can be very high, depending on the neighborhood and houses you sell. The average real estate broker makes about $60,000 per year. The broker works between the buyer and the seller of a property, by helping the make the property more attractive to buyers.

5.Registered Nurse

Sounds strange that a registered nurse would not be required to have a degree, but they don't in the conventional sense of the word. However, they do go to nursing school to learn the skills necessary to perform the job. They must pass the national licensing exam and typically earn up to $65,000 per year.


An artist's income can vary depending on the type of art you do and where you work. You can do it on a freelance basis, setting up shop on a beach boardwalk or a mall, or you can work for a company doing portraits, etc. An artist may draw sketches, paint or create sculptures.

7.Commercial Pilot

Another job that should pay more, but still pays quite well is a commercial pilot. The average income for this type of work is almost $70,000 per year. There are many perks, such as getting to see the world, staying everywhere for free, and of course flying for free.


8.Web Designer

A web designer can earn up to $55,000 or more, working for a company, or freelance. Web design deals mainly with the aesthetic of the website, creating the pages, programming them to work, and adding content. Some companies have in-house web designers, while others outsource for the work.

9.Police Detective

As a police detective you could earn upwards of $70,000 per year. Usually you start out as a desk cop or out in the field, working your way toward becoming a detective. Detectives are more investigative, taking on cases where they are hunting down facts and figuring out a case.



A firefighter typically earns $50,000 per year, but it should be a lot more for the work that they do. They put their lives on the line to rescue people from burning buildings and to put out fires. There is a whole technology behind fighting fire, and firemen are extensively trained before ever stepping foot near a burning building.


The average income for a surveyor is $55,000 per year. As a surveyor you determine points, distances and angles to establish boundaries and maps for governmental purposes. This is not a jog where you sit behind a desk all day. You are outside and in the field all day.


12.Web Developer

The average income for a web developer is $76,000 per year. A web developer specializes in developing applications for the world wide web. Most companies have their very own web developer, or you can work for a specific company that only does web developing. You can even do it on a freelance basis.


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