10 Highest Paying Jobs in 2016 (No Bachelor's Degree Needed)

You’ve heard it before but now it's truer than ever before: you don't need a college degree in order to be successful! 

Sure there are extraordinary outliers like Mark Zuckerburg or Bill Gates who became successful entrepreneurs but there's also a variety of jobs that could earn you a substantial living.

Something my mother always says to me is:

“You’re not entitled to anything. You were born on this planet with what you were given – talents, imperfections, the like. The success or failures of your family or friends does not define who you are. Work hard and never stop doing and you will find the path to success.”

When I was younger I never understood the value of those words. But as I get older, I understood that there is no job too “hard” or “difficult” and if I wanted to prove myself and excel, I just had to go for it. It irks me when I see kids who think they’re owed success – no! There are opportunities to achieve success but you have to work hard.

Over 60% of workers in the US don't have a bachelor's degree according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, if you have an associate’s degree or a high school diploma you can still get a high-paying job!

Here are our picks for the Top 10 High Paying Jobs with long-term growth potential through at least 2020 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

1. Air Traffic Controllers: $108K

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Air traffic controllers monitor and direct the movements of aircraft. Though stressful, median annual wages are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor’s degree. 

2. Operations or general manager: $95K

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Working your way up the ladder is crucial for this position. Coordinating an organization’s daily activities, these managers might develop policies, oversee budget activities, or review sales reports. This type of role usually requires a high school degree at minimum.

3. Construction manager: $84K

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Construction managers oversee construction projects from start to finish - setting timelines, preparing contracts, and managing budgets. It also really depends on your location. For instance, working in an area that's growing rapidly and has a lot of new housing construction will pay more than already established neighborhoods. This type of role usually requires an associates degree. 

4. Police Officer or Detective: $78K

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Police offers and detectives play a big role in our neighborhoods and coordinate activities to keep neighborhoods safe. Front line supervisors tend to earn the highest income and a high school diploma is usually required. 

5. Radiation Therapist: $75K

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Radiation therapists observe patients' reactions to treatment, check equipment, and document each session.  Usually requiring an associates degree, this role gives you the ability to truly change and help save lives.

6. Criminal investigators: $69K

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Criminal investigators conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes. This type of role usually requires a high school diploma.

7. Dental hygienist: $69K

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Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases, and provide other preventative dental care. A high school degree and proper training are required. 

8. Electrical and electronics repairers: $65K

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With all the tech in our lives today, the world needs gifted people to repair and optimize our devices!  You'd be in charge of inspecting, testing, repairing, or maintaining electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

9. Registered nurse: $65K

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RN's are usually the first people we encounter at a hospital. They provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and check-in on patients regularly. An associates degree and proper training are required.

10. Electronics engineering technicians: $56K

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This type of job help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. An associates degree is usually required.

These are just some examples of the job opportunities available to Americans without college or without a degree. 

Don’t be scared to switch careers or try something new. The worst thing you can do is to remain idle and not move your life and income prospects forward. Remember – when in doubt, DO!

Do any of these jobs interest you?  Tell us in the comments below!

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