The highest paid jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree

omg 05/10/2017

While it is great to get higher education, university admittedly isn’t for everyone. For some, investing three years into a bachelor’s degree can be better spent pursuing certain career paths.

Website Businessinsider.com has compiled a list of higher paying jobs that exceed the average income. At most, the careers require completing high school or certain training in the specific field.

Air Traffic Controllers
Median annual wage: $108, 040
Qualifications required: Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) –  200 hours of prior flying experience
Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) – 1500 hours of prior flying experience
Projected job openings (through 2020): 10, 200
Work experience: None
Description: "Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor’s degree.”

General & Operations Managers (Business)
Median annual wage: $94,400
Degree required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 410,100
Work experience: 1-5 years
Description: "Coordinating an organization’s daily activities, these managers might develop policies, oversee budget activities or review sales reports."
On-the-job training: None

Construction Manager
Median annual wage: $83,860
Degree required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 120,400
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: "Oversee a construction project from start to finish. Set timelines, prepare contracts and manage budgets."
On-the-job training: None

Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers
Median annual wage (May 2010): $80,210
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 33,700
Work experience: More than 5 years
Description: "In charge of operations that range from railroads to shipping facilities. They manage budgets, set policies and standards and direct procurement."
On-the-job training: None

First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives
Median annual wage: $78,260
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 38,700
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: "Coordinate activities of members of police force."
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Radiation Therapist
Median annual wage: $74,980
Degree required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 6,700
Work experience: None
Description: "Check equipment, observe patients’ reactions to treatment and document the session."
On-the-job training: None

Administration Services Managers
Median annual wage: $77,890
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 99,800
Work experience: 1 to 5 years
Description: "Plan, direct and coordinate supportive services of an organization."
On-the-job training: None

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Median annual wage: $75,650
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 2,000
Work experience: None
Description: "Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls and record data in logs."
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Elevator Installers
Median annual wage: $70,910
Degree required: High school diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 8,200
Work experience: None
Description: "Fix and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other lifts."
On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Power Distributors & Dispatchers
Median annual wage: $68,900
Degree required: High School diploma
Projected job openings (Through 2020): 3,600
Work experience: None
Description: "Coordinate, regulate or distribute electricity or stream."
On-the-job-training: Long-term on-the-job training

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