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- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a ton of high-paying jobs that only require a high school diploma.
- Some of those careers include nuclear-power-reactor operators, commercial pilots, and detectives.
- Here are the highest-paying jobs you can get with just a high school diploma.
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Many industries that only require a high school diploma provide training for new hires on the job. That means there’s no need to go to trade school, and no certificate or diploma is required.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program provides an annual guide to median pay and number of people employed in about 800 detailed occupations. Using that data, we compiled this list of jobs that only require a high school graduation, ranked by median salary as of May 2018 (the most recently available data).
Here are the highest-paying jobs you can get with nothing but a high school diploma.
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers make an average of $67,950 a year
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What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. They may hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. They may also engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.
Number of people who held this job in the US in 2018: 4,770
Subway and streetcar operators make an average of $68,170 a year
What they do, according to O*NET: They operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers.
Number of people who held this job in the US in 2018: 8,850
Signal and track switch repairers make an average of $70,490 a year
What they do, according to O*NET: They install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or inter-communications systems within a railroad system.
Number of people who held this job in the US in 2018: 38,930
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