10 Highest Paying Jobs You can Get Without a Degree

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Want a great paying job, but don’t want to spend years studying at uni? Here are the 10 highest paying jobs that don’t require a degree. From working in ICT to taking on a management position, you’d be surprised at the variety of jobs that pay well and value experience and technical skills far more than whether or not you went to university.


We’re told that the best (and most conventional) route to a successful and highly paid job starts with a university degree. Greater education = greater skills = greater career prospects. Right?

Not necessarily.

With academic inflation on the rise, degrees mean far less these days – and companies are taking note.

Digital goliath Google, for one, has a hiring policy that focuses less on shiny degrees and more on hands-on experience.

‘One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,’ Google’s former senior vice president, Laszlo Bock said in an interview with The New York Times.

Bock doesn’t say that education is worthless, but he’s concerned that academic environments don’t mimic the real world. University lecturers look for specific answers, but as he points out, ‘it’s much more interesting to solve problems where there isn’t an obvious answer.’

‘When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings,’ Bock continues and explains that Google no longer asks for college transcripts or GPAs because ‘We found they don’t predict anything.’

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While having a degree under your belt certainly doesn’t hurt, you needn’t be academically inclined to earn a six-figure salary.

Here are the top 10 highest paying jobs that won’t have you swimming in HECS debt or locked in a lecture theatre for four years:


1. Construction Manager

Two construction workers checking blueprints at construction site

Construction managers are the eyes in the sky — their job is to know everything and everyone on a project site.

From reviewing blueprints with architects and liaising with contractors to making sure that building codes are met and projects are running to schedule — construction managers have the challenging — yet highly rewarding — task of seeing a project through from start to finish.

Construction management is a gig that requires exceptional leadership skills, project management know-how and a refined knowledge of building and construction best practice. It’s also one that pays handsomely, with SEEK data putting the average salary of construction managers at $123,504 per annum.

Potential salary range: $90k-$280k


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