High pay low education

10 high paying jobs for 2018 – no degree required

You can find a high paying job without earning a college degree. Apple founder Steve Jobs didn’t have one. Neither does Microsoft founder Bill Gates, or entertainment mogul David Geffen. None of these self-made billionaires needed a college degree. While you may not achieve their status, you can prepare for a great job in less than four years.

More and more, it’s accepted that a college degree isn’t required to earn good money and have a successful career. Eight out of ten of the fastest-growing occupations don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re switching to a new career, wouldn’t you rather spend a shorter time at vocational training or getting an associate degree than going into debt for a four-year diploma?

Here are the 25 top-paying jobs and their average salaries, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indeed.com.

Place your cursor over each image to see top paying job title, salary and ranking!

Remember that location will heavily influence the salary earned for any job. Metropolitan areas are likely to pay more than smaller towns.

“The thing to keep in mind is that there are something like 50 million jobs out there that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and pay upwards of $40,000 a year,” says Harlow Unger, author of But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education. Unger reminds readers that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly two-thirds of all projected job openings require only on-the-job training.

Even though this information is tantalizing, it’s not wise to just leap into one of these jobs.  Find out which one you will enjoy most and which you have the aptitudes for. I recommend using the COPS3 System from www.TestEts to find out which one of these jobs will make you most happy. This test is inexpensive, yet a thorough assessment of career decision factors.

Career Dissatisfaction or Job Dissatisfaction?

Is it Career Satisfaction or Job Satisfaction? Does it Matter?

Are you ready to fix your career dissatisfaction? First you need to identify what type of satisfaction issue you are dealing with. A career satisfaction problem must be handled differently than a job satisfaction issue.

Career Dissatisfaction

To resolve a career dissatisfaction issue, you will probably need to find a career that suits you better than the one you are currently in. The most efficient way to do this is to take a career test.

Career tests offer you matches or lists of careers based on your different personal factors. Some career satisfaction-based tests measure abilities, while others measure your interests. Still others use personality information to find careers most satisfying for you. Click here for more on career satisfaction tests.

Job Dissatisfaction

On the other hand, a job satisfaction issue is resolved by either adjusting aspects of your current job or within your current company, or finding a job at a different company doing roughly the same work as in your current career.

The first step to improving your job satisfaction level is to determine what aspects of it are most dissatisfying for you. Dissatisfaction with a job comes from four places:

  1. Extrinsic factors such as pay raises, favorable job evaluations, and bonuses.
  2. Intrinsic factors such as meaningfulness, choice, competence, and progress
  3. Work values such as serving society, competition, and autonomy
  4. Working conditions such as interpersonal relations and stress. Click here for more on Job Satisfaction Tests that can help you isolate your specific job satisfaction issue.

The second step to improve your job satisfaction is determining if changes can be made to your current job or within the company. If you think this is possible, meet with the appropriate people within your company. Together you can make improvements that directly and significantly improve your job satisfaction. Sometimes it is helpful to partner with a career coach to identify the best strategy to do this. Get in touch with The Career Profiler if you would like some guidance in approaching the right people.

If it is not possible to improve your current company, you will need to find a different job. Finding a new job helps you make sure you won’t run into dissatisfaction again. Two key strategies to achieve job satisfaction in a future job are:

  1. Writing a power resume. This articulates your strengths, assets, and talents in a concise, clear, and easy to read manner. It also must communicate your job satisfaction factors as part of the profile statement so you won’t end up dissatisfied again.
  2. Engaging a job search strategy that identifies the right companies to work for. You will also need to secure the right job vacancies within those companies. A career coach with job search and employment strategy experience can help you get this done quickly and effectively.

Improve Satisfaction

Finally, I hope these tips will help you get out of your dissatisfaction and into a happier place. Get in touch with The Career Profiler if you need help, motivation, or have questions. Another great step you can take is to continue researching this subject by reading the blogs below.,

Achieve Career Satisfaction

Career Satisfaction Tests

Job Satisfaction Tests to Identify Your Personal Job Satisfaction Needs

How to Land a Job that Offers Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction Tests


Blind to Your Success and Happiness Potential

Career Personality and Career Personality Tests: part 6A

Part 6a: Career Personality Tests use Subjective Assessments

All true career personality tests use subjective measures to assess the relevant factors. But when choosing such a test, it’s important to keep these things in mind.

Career Personality Test Limitations

Career Personality Tests have Limitations to Know About

Career Personality Tests use Subjective Measurements to Extrapolate Career Test Results

Of course, there is no perfect career personality test. But there are an awful lot of great ones, and taking a few can give you the best idea of what career fits you. When taking a career personality test, keep these limitations in mind so that you can get the most accurate results.

Gut Response

First of all, for a career tests to be based on subjective measurements means that results are based on what you “think” or deem to be the correct answer. Your response could be a guess, but it should be more like a “gut” response. In other words, the answer to a question on the test should result from your first impression to it. You’ll probably get the best result if you just allow your automatic gut reaction to take control.


Secondly, career personality tests provide word-based options from which to select your answer. In other words, the subjective test is based solely on words or language. This means the confines of our language will shape your results. It’s best to think of the answer you choose according to its common meaning in order to get the most accurate results.

Another way to understand the impact of language in subjective measurements is to consider the following example. If I say the word “black,” what pops up in your head immediately? This may seem like a simple question to you. Well, over the past 15 years, I have received 39 different responses to this word including Halloween, blue collar worker, night, and white. The most common answer is white. Therefore, if a career personality test includes a question about “black” as part of their career test, the answer “white” would be one of the multiple choices answers. If you don’t think of “black” in terms of “white” you might have either a difficult time selecting from the answer options or you might attribute a different understanding to the word altogether.  As you can see, your personal understanding of a word is, therefore, critical to producing accurate results on any career personality test.

Career Test Confustion occurs when you have not had enough opportunities to discover who you are


Thirdly, career tests are impacted by the opportunities you have had to know yourself. For instance, if you are a young adult who grew up in a household where your parents determined your activities, you watched a lot of TV, held no prior jobs, and  engaged in no volunteer activities, you likely will not have had enough opportunities to know your personal responses to various situation. You probably don’t know your interests in a variety of categories that would determine accurate test results. This makes it very difficult to know how to respond to a question. An inaccurate answer could yield inaccurate results. While this is an extreme example, it is relevant for our society today. Many young adults have their lives so programmed by their parents, lack of self-knowledge is one of the unintended consequences of their good intentions.

There are more subtle examples of the lack of opportunities to know oneself.  Most, if not all, career test takers are “stumped” by at least a couple of questions.  Rather than react to it as they should, these test takers then ponder the question for to long, which can lead to inaccuracies. Bottom-line, the greater your personal self-knowledge,
the better and more accurate your career personality test results.

Purposeful Manipulation

Fourthly, tests can be manipulated. In other words, you might be taking a career personality test as part of work team and know that the result of your career test will be shared with the group. In this situation it might be tempting to answer according to what you want your coworkers to think of you. You have thereby skewed the results of your career tests and the career test results are not accurate.


Finally, the factor of chance plays a role in every career test. For instance, if you take a career personality test on a “bad hair day,” subsequently you will likely receive “bad hair day” results. The way you feel one day might change the results slightly compared to another day.

But don’t worry! Even though these limitations are part of every test, this does not mean your results will be dangerously inaccurate. The most well-researched tests have these limitations factored into the results.

Another Thing to Remember

Which career personality tests are the most susceptible to these limitations? The Myers Briggs is probably the most susceptible, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a useful, reliable, or valid tool. Because it is! The publishers have recognized its susceptibilities and published a “test the test” process that I’ve been using with clients for years.

If ever you have taken a career personality test and questioned the accuracy of your results, please contact me or another career test expert to review the results with you. I can help you determine the inaccuracy and come up with an alternative solution to taking the test again. Or, you can simply retake the test at www.testets.com.  Always remember, after taking a career test, get a career test consultation. This helps you understand your results, applications in real-life working situations, and brief descriptions and examples of your occupational matches. I can walk through your results with you and start on a plan to grab your career by the horns.

Still Have Questions…?

Given all of these limitations . . . Why would you want to take a career personality test at all? Starting to second guess your old Myers Briggs results? Wondering which career personality tests produce the most accurate results? These questions, the limitations, and reasons to take a test anyway, will be presented in the next blog (part 6b).  Stay tuned.

Career Personality and Career Personality Tests: part 6

Part 6: Career Personality Tests use Subjective

All true career personality tests measure your personality using a subjective career questionnaire.  This means that you choose an answer (usually one word) to describe an occupation, activity, or object. Then, rapidly interpret the meanings and select one of them based on your “gut” response. The Myers Briggs offers two options from which to choose from, whereas the Strong Interest Inventory offers either 3 or 5 choices on a continuum. The DISC is unusual in that it requires you to make a “least like” and a “most like” among four options.

If you are interested in these types of tests, you’ll find descriptions and samples at www.testets.com

Look to the OOH to find an in-demand job

15 In-Demand Careers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To be in demand means that a job’s wages and the growth rate are both increasing. A career that needs more people and is willing to pay them more is a good field to get into! Each of these in-demand careers pays at least $40,000 a year. A full description of each career can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistic or affiliated website. If one of these sounds interesting but you’re not sure if you’d be happy and successful in it, visit TestEts.com. This is a career test website that will help you find out which of these jobs is best for you. These tests help you decide what careers are compatible with your abilities, personality, and interests.

Each job listed below shows the median pay (MP). This tells you the yearly wage of the average job. You can also find the growth rate (GR) that is, how much the job is growing year to year. The average (not much change) growth rate of all industries is 6%, so you will see that all of these jobs have a growth rate of 10% and higher. Further information about each of these jobs can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook site. Simply search for the job title you are interested in. All of this information is valid through 2024.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Most In-Demand Careers through 2024:

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Wind turbine service technicians:

Install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. MP: $52,000 GR: 108%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Web Developer:

Design and create websites. Handles both technical and aesthetic properties of a website. MP: $63,000 GR: 27%[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=””][vc_column_text]

Speech Language Pathologist:
Assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing issues in patients. MP: $74,600 GR: 21%[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=””][vc_column_text]HVAC Repair is an in-demand job

HVAC Technician:

Install and repair heating, ventilation, cooling, and
refrigeration systems that control temperature and
air quality. MP: $45,900 GR: 14%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Meeting Planner:

Great job for people with organizational abilities: coordinate all aspects of events and meetings, arrange locations, transportation, etc. MP: $47,000 GR: 10%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]In-Demand Careers - Statistician


Collect and analyze data to help solve problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields. MP: $85,000 GR: 34%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Occupational Therapist:
Treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. MP: $81,900 GR: 27%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]


Analyze financial risks and help businesses minimize risk consequences. MP: $100,600 GR: 18%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Financial Advisors are in demand

Financial Analyst or Personal Financial Advisor:

Help people or companies make investment decisions. MP: $81,760 GR: 12%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Commercial Diver:
Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. MP: $53,900 GR: 10%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Physician Assistant:
Practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers – examine, diagnose, and treat patients. MP: $100,00 GR: 30%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]In demand: Biomed engineer

Biomedical Engineer:

Design and create equipment, devices, computer systems,
and software used in healthcare. MP: $85,600 GR: 23%[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=””][vc_column_text]

Lab Technician:

Collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
MP: $59,000 GR: 16%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Technical Writer:
Write instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, etc..
MP: $69,800 GR: 10%[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Network Architect:
Design and build data communication and/or computer networks. MP: $100,000 GR: 9%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]These in-demand careers are just a starting point to find the perfect job for you. If you’re not sure how to take the next step, fill out the form below. You can ask The Career Profiler what kind of career test you should take. In-demand careers tell you what’s out there. A career test tells you what’s inside. Therefore, you can make a smart decision about a job that will make you most happy!