Culture 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree  

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Despite what society may tell you, plenty of great jobs don't require a college degree. If you are starting out in your career, looking for the right career path, and considering skipping college and just jumping in to the work force, you might be on the right track. 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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Criminal Investigator and Spec... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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427 258
Firefighter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $50,000

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395 318
Actor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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229 161
Detective is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $68,820

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359 289
Web Developer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $76,000

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303 242
Bartender is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
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280 226
Real estate broker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $58,720

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252 199
Pet Groomer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
CindyShelton added Pet Groomer

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184 131
Chef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
tcastles183 added Chef

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288 237
Writer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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369 324
Artist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $58,840

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234 199
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Average Income: $64,380

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217 190
Police Identification and Reco... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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219 208
The Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
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248 243
Commercial Pilot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Commercial Pilot Average Income: $67,500

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Police and Detectives Supervis... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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217 218
Farmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $58,845

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232 237
Web Designer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $55,000

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197 206
Electrician is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $48,250

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208 221
Fashion Designer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $64,530

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194 206
Illustrator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $60,000

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157 161
Executive Assistant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Executive Assistant Average Income: $44,000

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158 163
Occupational Therapy Assistant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Occupational Therapy Assistant Average Income: $34,000

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179 196
Receptionist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $25,240

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149 159
Radiation Therapist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Radiation Therapist Average Income: $74,900

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178 198
Surveyor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $55,000

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134 145
Postmaster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $60,300

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155 174
Online Advertising Manager is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Online Advertising Manager Average Income: $87,000

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176 202
Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Mechanic Average Income: $35,000

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Truck driver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $45,000

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159 182
Hair Stylist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $23,000

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129 146
Construction Manager is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $95,956

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134 155
Construction Machine Operator is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Construction Machine Operator Average Income: $40,000

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Paralegal Assistant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Paralegal Assistant Average Income: $47,000

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Court reporter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $48,000

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147 175
Medical Secretary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $31,000

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Welder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Heather Robison Hillman added Welder

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Sales Representative is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $62,000

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144 178
Dental hygienist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $68,000

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143 179
Teacher's Aide is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Teacher's Aide Average Income: $23,000

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138 177
Cosmetologist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $23,000

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Air traffic controller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $108,000

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Immigration and Customs Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 43 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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98 126
Construction and Building Insp... is listed (or ranked) 44 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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69 89
Forest Fire Fighting and Preve... is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Bookkeeper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $34,040

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Insurance Claims Investigator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Insurance Claims Investigator Average Income: $58,620

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Nuclear Medicine Technologists is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Average Income: $68,560

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Electronic Technician is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Electronic Technician Average Income: $56,000

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Media Equipment Manager is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Media Equipment Manager Average Income: $61,680