Thursday, October 12, 2017

3 High Paying Jobs... That Don't Require a 4 Year College Degree

As a temporarily embarrassed millionaire it can be head-scratchingly difficult knowing where to ply our skills in order to attain the right sort of effort : profit ratio. Gone are the days when a person would go into an entry level job and steadily work their way up the ranks to a directorship. While that model may have worked for our parents, that business model is now as defunct as typewriters, smoking at your desk and offices that feature a drinks cabinet comprehensively stocked with spirits (how they got anything done, we’ll never know). If you were unable or willing to get a four year college degree you may think that you have no choice but to resign yourself to a lifetime of low-paid entry level jobs or risk everything on an entrepreneurial gambit… But you’d be wrong.


The trouble with college degrees

College degrees exist for the purpose of education and edification, but for some reason the baby-boomer generation seemed to use this interchangeably with ‘increased job prospects’. Thus the lie was peddled from the baby boomers to the Gen Xers to the millennials that going to college is essential to a rewarding and lucrative career. With more graduates than ever living in poverty, slaving away in exploitative unpaid internships the realities of today’s job market tell a very different story. If your passion lies in academia then you owe it to yourself to pursue a four year degree but if you want a well paid job, you can get one with a far less time consuming and expensive education, especially in an age where digital learning affords us more opportunities than ever from the comfort of our own homes.

Here are some rewarding and lucrative jobs that you can train for in two years or less…


With a median pay of around $67,000 and high earners making over $118,000 accounting is definitely an avenue worth exploring if you have a flair for numbers. With an online MBA accounting degree you can get an AACSB-accredited qualification in as little as 20 months. With businesses of all shapes and sizes feeling the need to marshall their financial resources whatever the economic climate accounting is a job that’s virtually recession proof.

Commercial Pilot (Non-Airline)

Ever fantasized about taking to the skies for a living but felt grounded by a lack of a university education. You may be surprised that you can still be a non-airline commercial pilot with an enviable salary and… well… You get to fly for a living! The Federal Aviation Administration offers short flying courses that result in certification. After that, with a median pay of around $77,000 the sky’s literally the limit (just watch out for Harrison Ford).  

Computer Programmer / App Developer

If you have an affinity for computers and are proficient in programming language, you’ll be delighted to know that most software companies don’t distinguish between the self-taught and the college educated. Back end developers in particular are increasingly sought after commanding a median salary of almost $80,000.

The education and job markets are in a near constant state of flux, and now is the time to learn new skills without piling on the debt and launching yourself into a successful new career.

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