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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434 264
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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236 161
Detective is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $68,820

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403 323
Actor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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365 291
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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195 132
Chef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
tcastles183 added Chef

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290 229
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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307 248
Bartender is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
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259 203
Pet Groomer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
CindyShelton added Pet Groomer

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294 240
Writer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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372 329
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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244 207
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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220 191
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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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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250 246
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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235 238
Web Designer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $55,000

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Farmer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $58,845

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200 208
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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210 224
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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159 162
Executive Assistant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Executive Assistant Average Income: $44,000

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Illustrator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $60,000

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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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Radiation Therapist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Radiation Therapist Average Income: $74,900

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179 198
Receptionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $25,240

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178 201
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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134 146
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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Truck driver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $45,000

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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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Online Advertising Manager is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Online Advertising Manager Average Income: $87,000

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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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Construction Machine Operator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Construction Machine Operator Average Income: $40,000

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Construction Manager is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $95,956

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128 149
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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Welder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
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Medical Secretary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $31,000

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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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144 180
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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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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Immigration and Customs Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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Cosmetologist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Average Income: $23,000

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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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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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Nuclear Medicine Technologists is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Average Income: $68,560

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Bookkeeper is listed (or ranked) 47 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) 48 on the list 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
Insurance Claims Investigator Average Income: $58,620

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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