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The Top Ten Jobs You Can Get Without Going To College

If you haven't noticed, we here at Elite Daily have a little mantra we live by, it's two words: self made. We don't, by any means, vehemently reject the idea of taking the traditional paths to success, but we also embrace the notion that there are alternative ways of making a name for yourself that don't exactly correlate with the standard paradigms of society.

Of course, all roads to accomplishment cannot be taken without applying hard work, but we especially admire the spirit of the self-starter and the ingenuity of those who find their way to success in unorthodox manners.

If you share this admiration, then you're likely inclined to be interested in the proceeding list, compiled by the awesome folks at BusinessInsider.com, which details the highest paying jobs that can be obtained without earning a bachelor's degree.

10. Power distributors and dispatchers

Median annual wage: $68,900

Degree required: High School diploma

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 3,600

Work experience: None

Description: Coordinate, regulate or distribute electricity or stream.

On-the-job-training: Long-term on-the-job training

9. Elevator installers and repairers

Median annual wage (May 2010): $70,910

Degree required: High school diploma

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 8,200

Work experience: None

Description: Fix and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other lifts.

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

8. Nuclear power reactor operators

Median annual wage (May 2010): $75,650

Degree required: High school diploma

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 2,000

Work experience: None

Description: Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls and record data in logs.

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

7. Administrative services managers

Median annual wage (May 2010): $77,890

Degree required: High school diploma

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 99,800

Work experience: 1 to 5 years

Description: Plan, direct and coordinate supportive services of an organization.

On-the-job training: None

6. Radiation therapist

Median annual wage (May 2010): $74,980

Degree required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 6,700

Work experience: None

Description: Check equipment, observe patients' reactions to treatment and document the session.

On-the-job training: None

5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Median annual wage (May 2010): $78,260

Degree required: High school diploma

Projected job openings (Through -2020): 38,700

Work experience: 1 to 5 years

Description: Coordinate activities of members of police force.

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

4. Transportation, storage and distribution managers

Median annual wage (May 2010): $80,210

Degree required: High school diploma

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 33,700

Work experience: More than 5 years

Description: In charge of operations that range from railroads to shipping facilities. They manage budgets, set policies and standards and direct procurement.

On-the-job training: None

3. Construction manager

Median annual wage (May 2010): $83,860

Degree required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 120,400

Work experience: More than 5 years

Description: Oversee a construction project from start to finish. Set timelines, prepare contracts and manage budgets.

On-the-job training: None

2. General and operations managers

Median annual wage (May 2010): $94,400

Degree required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 410,100

Work experience: 1-5 years

Description: Coordinating an organization's daily activities, these managers might develop policies, oversee budget activities or review sales reports.

On-the-job training: None

1. Air traffic controllers

Median annual wage (May 2010): $108,040

Degree required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (Through 2020): 10,200

Work experience: None

Description: Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor's degree.

On-the-job training: Long-term or on-the-job training

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Joseph is a Senior Writer, Editor and early member of the Elite Daily team. He studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and will probably call Jersey home forever.
Joseph is a Senior Writer, Editor and early member of the Elite Daily team. He studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and will probably call Jersey home forever.

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