10 JOBS YOU CAN GET WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about 11 Jobs you can get without a college degree, most of them required an associate’s degree or some form of certification. This week, I have found 10 jobs you can get with a high school diploma that pay $50,000+ a year. Most of these will require some form of an apprenticeship or on the job training.
ELEVATOR INSTALLERS AND REPAIRERS:
Elevator installers and repairers install, fix and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other forms of lifts. They work in cramped quarters and crawl spaces. They may need to be on call 24 hours a day and may be required to work overtime when essential machine repair is necessary. Nearly all elevator installers and repairers learn through an apprenticeship. Currently, 35 states require workers to be licensed. The average wage for Elevator Installers and Repairers is $79,780.
FARMERS AND AGRICULTRUARL MANAGERS:
Farmers and Agricultural Managers operate establishments that produce crops, livestock and dairy products. They typically work outdoors but may spend some time in offices, they are often required to do strenuous physical work. Farmers and other agricultural managers usually have at least a high school diploma and typically gain skills through work experience. The average pay per year for Farmers and Agricultural Managers is $67,950.
Plumbers install and repair pipes that carry liquid or gas. They work in homes, factories, businesses and other places where there are pipes or septic systems. Although most plumbers learn on the job through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. The average pay per year for Plumbers is $53,910.
Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases. They usually perform physically demanding work, sometimes needing to travel and be away from home for extended periods. Boilermakers typically learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. The average pay per year for Boilermakers is $62,150.
ELECTRICAL LINE INSTALLERS AND REPAIRERS:
Line installers and repairers install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fibre optics. They encounter serious hazards on the job, including working with high voltage electricity, often at great heights. To become proficient, most line installers and repairers require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are common. The average pay per year for Electrical Line Installers and Repairers is $65,880.
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate aeroplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Pilots usually have varying work schedules, with overnight layovers that are more common for airline pilots. Commercial pilots need a high school diploma or equivalent and a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The average pay per year for Commercial Pilots is $115,670.
Flight attendants provide routine services and respond to emergencies to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers. Attendants work in an aircraft and may be away from home several nights per week. Flight attendants typically receive on-the-job training from their employer and must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Average pay per year for Flight Attendants is $56,000.
POWER PLANT OPERATOR:
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power. They work full-time, sometimes rotating 8-12-hour shifts. Power plant operators typically need a high school diploma combined with extensive on-the-job training that may include a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Many jobs require a background check and drug and alcohol screenings. The average pay per year for Power Plant Operators is $83,020.
Foodservice managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants or other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They work in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, and other establishments where food is prepared and served. Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and several years of work experience in the foodservice industry. The average pay per year for Foodservice Managers is $54,240.
Workers in railroad occupations ensure that passenger and freight trains safely run on time. They may drive trains, coordinate the activities of the trains, or operate signals and switches in the rail yard. Nearly all locomotive engineers; conductors and yardmasters; and brake, signal, and switch operators work in the rail transportation industry. Railroad workers generally require a high school diploma or equivalent and several months of on-the-job training. The average pay per year for Railroad Workers is $61,480.
All data and wages are based on National averages which were retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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