Ever wonder what kind of jobs without a degree are out there? I’ve compiled a list of 10 jobs that pay over $70,000 on average and do not require any formal education.
Note: none of the jobs below require a college degree, but this is not to say employers do not prefer a degree. In most cases, experience and proficiency is all that is required to get these jobs. In some of these, certifications are must-have prerequisites, however many of these certifications can be obtained without going to college.
10 Jobs Without a College Degree that Pay over $70k
|1. Ruby on Rails programmer||$120,000||At least 2 years of experience. Adequate proficiency.|
|2. Marketing Manager||$75,000 - 120,000||Experience (Usually 3 years or more) and adequate proficiency.|
|3. Web Developer||$76,000 - 90,000||Experience and proficiency.|
|4. Mobile Application Developer||$90,000||Experience and proficiency.|
|5. Software Engineer||$89,000||Experience and proficiency.|
|6. Database Administrator||$82,000||Microsoft certifications, MySQL certification.|
|7. Video Game Designer||$80,000||Experience and proficiency.|
|8. User Interface Designer||$79,000||Marketing experience, best practices knowledge and graphic software knowledge.|
|9. Computer Systems Analyst||$79,000||Experience, certifications (CISSP, MCTS, MCSD).|
|10. Network Administrator||$76,000||Experience, certifications (Microsoft's MCSA, Cisco's CCNA, CCNP, CCIE)|
You may notice that Ruby on Rails programmer is technically a web developer or can be better classified under a broader “programmer” category. However, I thought it would be best to list it separately as there is an incredible demand out there for programmers who specialize in Ruby specifically. The job is incredibly rewarding for those willing to learn the ropes and pretty much guarantees employment as long as you know what you’re doing.
Between the ten, there are four particular jobs that can be obtained through self-education and practice:
- RoR Programmer
- Marketing Manager
- Web Developer
- User Interface Designer
The others can be quite challenging and require extensive learning to pass difficult certifications. The good news is, some places do not require you to be certified. It all depends on the area and the type of market you’re looking to get a job in. Though, majority do look for certified professionals, and the difficult of certifications often drives people to go to school rather than study on their own.
I would personally love to learn the Ruby programming language and become a Ruby on Rails (RoR) programmer. The low barrier to entry (compared to others) and a nice salary are very attractive factors. Who wouldn’t want to make more money without going back to school?!
My biggest obstacle so far is … *drum roll* … myself! I’ve been making excuses to find time to learn even though there are plenty of tutorials and learning materials out there, including the premium course I purchased a few months ago and have yet to touch.