7 High-paying Jobs You Can Get Without A College Or University Degree

Its every student’s dream to go to college or university, earn a degree and find a high-paying job. However, for many students those dreams hit a brick wall because tertiary education is very expensive. Many parents or guardians are failing to send their children into tertiary education, leaving the children hopeless about their futures.

Besides lack of finance, they are a myriad of reasons why people fail to get into tertiary education institutions to earn diplomas and degrees. If you are one of those that failed to get into college or university, fear not, I have compiled a list of high-paying jobs that do not require a degree. Besides, having a degree is not a guarantee of getting a high-paying job. It just makes it a bit easy.

Here is the list.

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Commercial Pilot

You do not require a degree to become a commercial pilot. Commercial pilots fly in unscheduled flights, such as:

  • aerial application
  • charter flights
  • aerial tours
  • air ambulances services
  • agricultural flights like crop-spraying.

Besides flying aeroplanes, commercial pilots have additional nonflight duties, such as

  • scheduling flights
  • arranging for maintenance of the aircraft
  • loading luggage.

Commercial pilots are different from airline pilots in that airline pilots mainly work for major airlines that transport passengers and cargo on a fixed schedule.

To become a commercial pilot you have to complete flight training and obtain a commercial pilot’s license from the aviation authority board in your country. Training is usually six months to two years long.

Police Detective

You do not require any academic degree to become a police detective. However, the position of police detective is not an entry-level position. You cannot be directly recruited as a detective, you have to earn it through time and experience. In most countries, to become a police detective you join the police force and get trained in the police academy to become a police officer. After a few years of experience, you sit for rank tests and pass to earn promotion to detective.

Detectives investigate crimes and help law enforcement solve them. They collect evidence of possible crimes, conduct interrogations, assess criminal records and take part in arrests.

Flight attendant

To work as a flight attendant, you typically need:

  • Basic high school education
  • complete a flight attendant training program.

Usually, no formal educational qualification is required beyond high school. However, you must complete flight attendant training program. In this training, you are taught:

  • emergency procedures
  • first aid
  • flight rules and duties
  • flight procedures
  • customs regulations
  • customer service.

The training usually lasts three to eight weeks.

Computer Support Specialist

The main job of a computer support specialist is to provide assistance for people with their computer equipment or software problems. They assist people either in person, over the phone, or online.

You do not need a degree to become a computer support specialist. Computer knowledge and communication skills are usually all that is needed.

Fire-Fighting Supervisors

Firefighting supervisors manage and direct the fire prevention workers. Usually, a few years experience as a firefighter is what is generally required to reach the the position of supervisor.

Claims Adjusters

Claims adjusters evaluate insurance claims on behalf of insurance companies in order to determine who is liable. They are also responsible for investigating insurance claims and frauds. They do this by consulting with witnesses, reviewing police reports, and compiling evidence from other sources.

Many companies and organisations usually do not require a person with a degree for this position. However, they prefer to hire someone with investigative experience, such as a former police officer or detective.


The entry-level requirements for fire fighters is usually only require a high school certificate. After that, you must also pass fire academy training.

Firefighters also pass through medical tests, drug screening and fitness tests.

A firefighter responds to emergency situations and protect people, the environment and property from all types of accident and emergencies. Firefighters work with the local community to provide fire safety awareness.

Categories: Career Guidance

Juliet Muturuki

Quantity Surveyor and Freelance Writer.


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