Jobs that Pay 50K Per Year Without a Degree

A college education may not be the way for some people looking for high paying jobs. There are many careers paying over 50K a year to folks without degree. This article gives information about some of these non-degree positions.

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Career Options for People Looking to Earn 50K Without a Degree

There are plenty of people who don't mind work, they just don't have the inclination to go to college for the training for the job. There are many jobs available that pay over 50K a year without a college education. Below are several of these high-paying careers and some information on each.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Wholesale/Manufacturing Sales Representative $57,140 (non-technical/scientific products) 6% (non-technical/scientific products)
Commercial Pilot $77,200 10%
Police Officer $61,600 (police officers and detectives) 4% (police officers and detectives)
Advertising Sales Agent $50,380 -3% (decline)
Pile Driver Operator $55,070 17%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs Paying 50K Without a Degree

Wholesale/Manufacturing Sales Representatives

Manufacturing sales reps who do not sell technical or scientific products do not need a degree for these sales jobs. A high school diploma and job training is all that is required. These salesmen and women specialize in finding customers who need specific products for their industry or company business. They answer customers' questions about price, availability or use. They prepare sales contracts and make sure products are delivered on time.

Commercial Pilot

Commercial pilots only need a high school diploma and a commercial pilot's license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They also need to be at least 18 years old, complete a medical exam and train through an FAA-approved flight program. Commercial pilots may fly charter flights, rescue missions, or cargo deliveries. They may even fly helicopters for news organizations or private travelers. Pilots must file a flight plan, inspect their aircraft before takeoff and follow all aviation norms.

Police Officer

Police officers need at least a high school diploma, be a U.S. citizen and, in most cases, be 21 years of age to apply to a police academy. Upon graduation, there is a certain amount of on-the-job training. Police will serve in certain districts as mobile police or on the beat as foot patrol officers. Police are expected to enforce laws and respond to emergencies. They may be involved in traffic stops or serve warrants and arrest suspects.

Advertising Sales Agents

The main task of an advertising sales representative is selling ad space of a variety of products. These professionals may work for newspapers, magazines, internet sites, television/radio stations and even movie theaters. Sales reps work closely with clients to find the best advertising plan that fits their product. They prepare sales presentations, discuss designs, estimate costs and prepare sales contracts for all parties involved. Sales agents typically only need a high school diploma and on-the-job training for this work.

Pile Driver Operator

Pile driver operators are that small group of heavy construction operators who specialize in using heavy equipment to pound long heavy beams of concrete, wood or steel in the ground to support buildings, piers, walls and other things. Some pile driver operators work for oil companies on off shore oil rigs. These jobs only require training on this equipment and a high school diploma or equivalency. Some gain training through vocational/technical schools or apprenticeships.

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