(Closed) Good paying job, no college degree?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

DH works with computers and makes twice what I make with a Bachelor’s degree in biology.  Makes me sick!  He does have several certifications though.  

Post # 18
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@canarydiamond:  interesting! where I’m from in NY , you take “tests”. Certain tests can be byspassed or so to speak with a degree, but someone with time, and no degree can work their way up! I mean yeah, degrees are a big boost, but the civil service system is still alive and well lol

Post # 19
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My husband is an Audio Producer/Dialogue Coordinator and makes about $47k/yr, which is good for us. He doesn’t have a college degree. He started out at our company as a QA contract worker, and expressed interest in audio, which really is right up his alley. Now he works with actors and studios, as well as attends recording sessions, and gets every piece of dialogue in-game, working, with or without effects as needed. 🙂 Basically, he worked his ass off until he got into his area of interest. There’s room to grow here, and throughout the industry. 

Post # 20
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My DH has no college degree (only went for a semester) and he works as a finance/business manager at a car dealership. He originally started out in sales, but worked his way up. He makes anywhere from 70 to 90k a year, depending.

He is currently interviewing for an accounts manager position at a security company, because he wants more stable/normal hours.

Post # 21
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would look into vocational school that offer specific certifications such as paralegal, pharmacy tech, etc.  A lot of those professions make great money.  I’m an attorney at a fairly small firm and I know my paralegal makes around $60K.  Nothing to sneeze at.

Post # 22
6385 posts
Bee Keeper

OK, so, I’m from the UK, not the US; but:

My dad is a manager at a big company, earning £40k pa (would be more; he keeps refusing promotion); he has no qualifications.

My ex earns £40k pa as a bank manager; only qualified to A level.

My OH’s brother (who’s just 23) earns £40k a year plus perks; qualified to A-level.

Average salary in London, UK, is about £26k; ie, they are all earning way above average, and don’t have a degree.

When I eventually start working full-time, I hope to lecture; I can expect to be paid £45k max, and my education will have cost me around £40k, plus 8 years of my time.

Post # 23
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

And jobs like welders, plumbers, electricians, etc make decent money without a college degree.

Post # 24
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

I’m pretty much a kept woman thanks to my husband’s career, but he keeps climbing the corporate ladder by just being excellent at what he does.  He started out as a windshield repair/installation technician with no degree and has been promoted several times and we live a very comfortable lifestyle on his salary.  I work a ‘fun’ job (I have my own business) and I help pay the mortgage and groceries but I’m by no means supporting this household.

We’re about to move cross-country for a position that will launch him into the mid $100s with his next move.

I have a bachelors degree and held down a fairly lucrative career in corporate retail for several years, but he will definitely be making more than I could even if I stuck with the office job.

Post # 25
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If he ever wants above average pay biology will NOT get him there, unfortunately. I graduated with a BS in biology 10 months ago and couldn’t even get an interview for a biology related position. I just accepted a job working in banking for ~30K.

Post # 28
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

My husband made around $60,000 a year driving a big semi truck for a few years….but the hours are hard and now he is going back to school….

Post # 29
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@Blanche:  Sounds a lot like my boyfriend. He is well into the 100Ks (closer to 200s) and he finished school at 16 (England), was qualified as an accountant by 19, but kept working HARD and all sorts of different jobs over the years. He now has a ton of experience and commands the big bucks. No degree, and I think his accounting was a 2-year part time type program back in the late 80s/early 90s when he was educated.

Post # 30
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

Fiance was part of an apprenticeship program with the IBEW to become an electrician. It lasted five years, and he worked the entire time he was going to school (he only had to pay for books and the class was one or two nights a week, depending on the year). He makes $24 an hour now. He’s going back to college, though.

Post # 31
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

DH (wow, first time typing that!) and I both work in IT in high paying jobs without degrees. While that sounds great, I do want to add that we’ve both been working in IT for a very long time, both of us since before we could legally work. Our experience has substituted for a degree thus far. Now that I have reached the management/director level, however, I am going back to school for my bachelors. Even with my 8, almost 9, years of (legal) work experience in my field at 23 years old, and a very impressive resume, people still want to see that degree.

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