AUTOMOBILE SERVICE STATION MANAGER: ($72,000)
Essentially the role of the service station manager is to run the day to day operations of a gas station. The scope of the work includes setting the gas prices for the day, scheduling the rest of the employees that work at the station, ordering new merchandise to keep the shelves stocked as well as being the direct manager to the other employees. Some skills that would be helpful to obtain this job would be good personal skills as well as some managerial experience. Once again, you could probably obtain this type of a position by working your way up the ladder through on the job experience.
REAL ESTATE BROKER: ($71,000)
To become a real estate broker you will still need to take a couple of classes to become certified, but still much less of an expense to you relatively to a college degree. You will be trying to sell houses as well as filing the paper work for the transaction and helping with the loan agreements.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: ($66,000)
With this career you will have the option of whether you would like to be certified or not. However if you are certified you will have access to larger contracts and a wider scope of work. If you do not mind getting a little dirty and working hard for a living than this might be a good career for you. This career may require you to take some classes at a community college on horticulture as well as landscape design, but these types of classes are not required. Make sure you have a good eye for design and a strong work ethic to consider this career.
LEAD CARPENTER: ( $63,000)
This job will require you to have lots of experience in the field. This type of experience can be acquired through either going to a trade school to teach you the techniques, or by being an apprentice to a lead carpenter. By going to trade school you will actually have some type of certification which might make you more marketable in the field, but being an apprentice would most likely land you in a job replacing your teacher. Either way you can be very successful in this type of career, just make sure you enjoy working with your hands.
7DIRECTOR OF SECURITY: ($62,000)
This job will most likely be acquired by starting off in an entry level security position, then working your way through the ranks to become the director of security.
ELEVATOR MECHANIC ($61,000)
Just like the lead carpenter job, this job will most likely be acquired through a trade school degree or lots of years experience. Being an elevator mechanic does have a couple more stipulations. Lots of major corporations will require you to have a license and work for an insured company, which in this case would force you to go through the trade school route so that you could work on these large corporate jobs. Most of this industry is unionized so make sure you are willing to join a union before entering this line of work.
9CABLE SUPERVISOR: ($60,000)
This career would be a managerial type setting. You would be responsible for overseeing the maintenance as well as installation workers that set up cable boxes and internet connections. You would be responsible for the scheduling aspect as well holding the workers accountable to be where they need to be. A good way to acquire this type of a position is to either apply for the job with some type of managing/scheduling background, or to apply for the entry level position and work your way up by knowing the business.
FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER: ($47,000)
Being a freelance photographer takes dedication to ones tasks as well as a great eye for artistic detail. This type of a career may also require you to travel distances to be able to acquire the right “shot” for the right story. In a sense being a freelance photographer can take many molds such as taking pictures of nature for magazines, or taking picture of stories for newspapers, or even being a paparazzi type photographer and searching for the next big celebrity scandal. Whichever you choose to be, this career could pay well with no educational experience required.
PERSONAL TRAINER ($37,500)
This career will most likely require you to have a certification so that you are qualified to teach proper physical fitness techniques. This certificate is not very difficult to obtain however and is relatively cheap compared to any other type of trade school mentioned above. To be successful in this line of work you will most likely want to be a very physically active person yourself, as well as have a passion for this line of work. If you love the newest trends in fitness, and spend lots of time in the gym already, this could be the perfect career option for you.
So if you are looking to head back to school for some quick training, or have decided that college is not the right option for you, there are still plenty of careers out there for you to choose from. Whatever you do, don’t get distressed. Remember the following names: Henry Ford, Michael Dell, Walt Disney, Rachel Ray, and Simon Cowell. Guess what all these entrepreneurs had in common? Yup, you guessed it. No college degree.
FUNERAL DIRECTOR ($80,000)
You do need some training to be a funeral director, but once you have it, you can make as much as $80,000 a year. It is important that you be able to handle the macabre, and you do need to have a degree of tact and warmth, since you are dealing with people in difficult situations. However, if you can take the job, it is something worth considering.
COMMERCIAL PILOT ($50,000)
You can make more than $50,000 if you get on as a commercial pilot at the right airline. Training is required, but you will not need to get a college degree. It can be a fun job if you like flying, and you can get discount fares when you aren’t on the job. You do have to be away from home, though.
TRUCK DRIVING ($45,000)
After six to eight weeks of training, and after you obtain your commercial driver’s license, you can make $45,000 or more as a truck driver. Work your way up to becoming a trainer, and you can clear more than $70,000 a year. Team drivers, those with hazmat certifications and others can make different salaries as well. You do need to be able to deal with the monotony of driving, and deal with being away from home.
For those with the right skills, sales can be a financially rewarding job without the need for a college degree. A salesperson might work on a commission structure, or base + commission. In either case, how much you end up making depends on how well you sell, whether you are selling cars, furniture, real estate, pharmaceuticals, credit card processors or high-end clothes. Depending on what you do, you may need to complete a certification or become licensed. A people person with the right talents can make six figures a year. But it usually requires a large amount of hustle.
17FIRE FIGHTING ($30,000)
The starting salary is often just a little more than $30,000, but you can make more than $50,000 a year, depending on where you work, and whether you reach a supervisory position.
If you are about to take your EMT classes to become an EMT, you will be happy to learn that the job outlooks in this field are very promising. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a growth of position by 9% from 2008 to 2018. However, chances of having a good job in the EMS are given to those who have more EMT certifications (like paramedics). The hourly wages can vary from $9.08 (10% of the work force earns less than this) to $23.77 (10% earn more than this bracket). The median hourly wages of EMTs is at $14.10 (as at May 2008).
RAILROAD JOBS ($75,000)
Do you like trains? If so, a railroad job might be just for you. There’s a variety of positions from engineers, conductors and management positions available. Railroad jobs give you a chance to see new parts of the country while getting paid very well in the process.
MEDICAL CODER ($46,800)
The healthcare industry is currently booming and you can expect it to continue to with the Baby Boomer generation getting older. There aren’t enough doctors and nurses available. Behind all of the doctors is a team of medical coders that type up what procedures you had done and bill you or your insurance company the amount owed. This is a growing industry that doesn’t require a degree. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) released a salary study last year that showed on average a medical coder earned $46,800.