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- There are a handful of jobs that pay a doctor’s salary or more to people without college degrees.
- From self-taught IT managers to bodyguards, here are nine surprising jobs where you can make $200,000 or more — no college education necessary.
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It’s no surprise that doctor’s make a lot of money. Depending on the type of medicine they practice, doctors can make an average of $148,000 to $267,000 a year.
But just because you didn’t go to medical school doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams of a salary that high. In fact, in some cases you don’t even need to go to college at all to earn a salary of $150,000 or higher.
We found nine jobs that, if everything goes right, can earn people a doctor’s salary without requiring a college degree.
Read on to see nine potentially high-paying jobs you can do with only a high school education.
Computer and IT manager
As it turns out, sitting at home on your laptop while your peers are out attending frat parties could seriously pay off.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ wage estimates for May 2018 revealed that computer and information systems managers are earning an average of $152,860 — more than than the average podiatrist, lawyer, and physicist. And according to HackerRank’s 2018 Student Developer Report, nearly a third of all developers say they’re entirely self-taught.
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Not all aspiring pilots have to go to college, either.
While major airlines such as Delta, American, and United all require bachelor’s degrees, Horizon Air only requires a high school diploma or equivalent, according to a current job posting. And in a new initiative, Alaska Airlines aims to source half its new hires from Horizon Air, specifically. That $169,560 salary never looked so easy.
Air traffic controller
Speaking of the aviation industry, the top 10% of air traffic controllers are actually earning more than the average aviator — $178,650 — as well as the average dentist. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, applicants can apply with "three years of progressively responsible work experience" in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
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