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List of great jobs that don't require a college degree--the best jobs without a degree. If you are just starting out in your career, are looking for the right career path and are considering skipping college and just jumping in to the work force, that may not be a bad idea. According to the the U.S. Department of Labor, 2 out of every 3 jobs only require on-the-job training. Taking into account the debt that you may acquire after paying for college tuition and the four years of your life that you will be delaying gainful employment, it may be a good idea to bypass college and work on landing one of these highest paying jobs without a degree. 

If you are more established in your career and are looking for a change and want a top paying job, but never earned your Bachelor's Degree, you can use this list a resource to discover the great, fun, high paying jobs that only require experience and specialty training. Some of the best jobs in America don't require a BA or a BS.

The high paying jobs on this list are not necessarily easy--most of them still require specialty skills, but if you are smart and start at the bottom and work your way up you can land a great job without going to college. Consider this: if you start working right after you finish High School, you will already have four years of work experience under your belt by the time your peers graduate college. If you get focused early and decide what career path will land you one of these top paying jobs, you can get ahead and avoid debt.

*Salary information for this list is based on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013
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Firefighter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Firefighter Average Income: $50,000

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Criminal Investigator and Spec... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Criminal Investigator and Special Agent Average Income: $53,990

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Writer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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Actor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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Web Developer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Web Developer Average Income: $76,000

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Artist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Artist Average Income: $58,840

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Web Designer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Web Designer Average Income: $55,000

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Bartender is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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Farmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Farmer Average Income: $58,845

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Commercial Pilot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Commercial Pilot Average Income: $67,500

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Police Identification and Reco... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Police Identification and Records Officer Average Income: $53,990

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Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Mechanic Average Income: $35,000

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Illustrator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Illustrator Average Income: $60,000

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Real estate broker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Real estate broker Average Income: $58,720

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Electrician is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Electrician Average Income: $48,250

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Fashion Designer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Fashion Designer Average Income: $64,530

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Chef is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Chef

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Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Detective Average Income: $68,820

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The Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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Truck driver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Truck driver Average Income: $45,000

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Surveyor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Surveyor Average Income: $55,000

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Average Income: $64,380

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Court reporter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Court reporter Average Income: $48,000

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Construction Machine Operator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Construction Machine Operator Average Income: $40,000

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Receptionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Receptionist Average Income: $25,240

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Executive Assistant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Executive Assistant Average Income: $44,000

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Pet Groomer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Pet Groomer

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Police and Detectives Supervis... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Police and Detectives Supervisor Average Income: $64,430

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Hair Stylist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Hair Stylist Average Income: $23,000

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Postmaster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Postmaster Average Income: $60,300

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Construction Manager is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Construction Manager Average Income: $95,956

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Medical Secretary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Medical Secretary Average Income: $31,000

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Online Advertising Manager is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Online Advertising Manager Average Income: $87,000

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Cosmetologist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Cosmetologist Average Income: $23,000

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Occupational Therapy Assistant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Occupational Therapy Assistant Average Income: $34,000

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Paralegal Assistant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Paralegal Assistant Average Income: $47,000

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Construction and Building Insp... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Construction and Building Inspector Average Income: $52,360

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Teacher's Aide is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Teacher's Aide Average Income: $23,000

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Dental hygienist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Dental hygienist Average Income: $68,000

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Immigration and Customs Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Immigration and Customs Inspector Average Income: $53,990

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Sales Representative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Sales Representative Average Income: $62,000

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Forest Fire Fighting and Preve... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor Average Income: $58,920

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Nuclear Medicine Technologists is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Average Income: $68,560

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Media Equipment Manager is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Media Equipment Manager Average Income: $61,680

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Insurance Claims Investigator is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Insurance Claims Investigator Average Income: $58,620

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Bookkeeper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Bookkeeper Average Income: $34,040

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United States federal judge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
United States federal judge Average Income (Depending On The Court Appointed To): $103, 900 - $223,500 

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Air traffic controller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Air traffic controller Average Income: $108,000

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Sign Maker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Sign Maker

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Welder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree