10 High-Paying Jobs You Won’t Need A Degree For
Want a great paying job, but don t want to spend years studying at uni? Here are the 10 highest paying jobs in Australia that don t require a degree. From working in ICT to taking on a management position, you d be surprised at the variety of jobs that pay well and value experience and technical skills far more than whether or not you went to university.
We re told that the best (and most conventional) route to a successful and highly paid job starts with a university degree. Greater education = greater skills = greater career prospects. Right?
One of the things we ve seen from all our data crunching is that GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless, Google s former senior vice president, Laszlo Bock said in an interview with The New York Times.
Bock doesn t say that education is worthless, but he s concerned that academic environments don t mimic the real world. University lecturers look for specific answers, but as he points out, it s much more interesting to solve problems where there isn t an obvious answer.
When you look at people who don t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings, Bock continues and explains that Google no longer asks for college transcripts or GPAs because We found they don t predict anything.
1. Construction Manager
Construction managers are the eyes in the sky their job is to know everything and everyone on a project site.
2. Air Transport Professionals
Navigating the skies as a commercial pilot or air transport professional might not require a degree but does take serious commitment and skill.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority strictly regulates the industry here in Australia and requires that you pass a series of examinations and clock at least 200 hours of flying experience before you can obtain your Commercial Pilot s Licence (CPL).
3. Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators
Crane and lift operators are perhaps the most well-paid labourers in construction which is no mean feat, considering that construction is the third highest earning industry in Australia. According to the latest data from SEEK, the average salary sits at $104,023 for employees and $124,682 for management.
4. Mining Professionals
Despite Australia s mining boom coming to a sudden halt, the mining and resources sector continues to be one of the highest paid industries in the country with an average salary of $118,298 for employees and $132,599 for managers according to SEEK data.
Working in the mining industry isn t for the faint-hearted. You ll need to be physically strong, able to tolerate extreme environments and have an aptitude for mechanical equipment operation. You may also need to compromise on your work/life balance and be willing to work as a fly-in fly-out worker, or relocate temporarily and live in a mining town.
While the engineering and geology related positions will require a degree, there are a range of jobs including mechanics, drivers and labourers that simply demand experience and practical skills gained on the job.
Unsurprisingly, management is where the big bucks are. The higher up you go, the bigger your team gets, the more responsibilities you have, and the fatter your pay cheque becomes.
This is the case across most if not all industries, the highest earning of which include ICT, finance, and mining where $300k+ salaries are the norm for senior managers such as CIOs, CFOs and CEOs.
While it may take years to work your way up to such senior roles, the good news is that exceptional management skills aren t taught at university. They re acquired through hand-earned experience! The best managers aren t those with the highest GPAs or the most prestigious degrees, but are ones with stellar leadership skills and unparalleled industry knowledge.
Suffice to say, irrespective of the industry you work in, equipping yourself with managerial skills is a smart way to exponentially improve your career progress.
6. Gas, Petroleum and Oil Power Plant Operators
Despite the tumultuous year that the oil and gas industry has experienced worldwide, Hays 2016 Salary Guide reports that salaries in oil and gas in Australia have proven resilient compared to the rest of the world .
While the industry s fattest salaries tend to be reserved for engineers, geoscientists and senior managers; plant operators also take home a hefty salary and best of all aren t required to hold a degree.
While the job doesn t require a university education, you do need to have mechanical aptitude, strong mathematical skills and the ability to cope with the physical demands of the job.
Potential salary range: $75k-$120k
7. Information Communications Technology (ICT) Professionals
Like a lot of technical careers, working in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) field is more about your ability to learn on the job and creatively troubleshoot, rather than the university you went to or how many degrees you have.
The highest salaries in the industry generally go to security architects, business analysts, and of course managerial positions such as CTOs and CIOs roles that only come with years of experience, leadership skills and multiple industry certifications; with the average industry salary sitting at $99,945 according to the latest SEEK data.
8. Work Health Safety Professionals
Work Health Safety (WHS) isn t the sexiest HR specialty, but it s certainly one that pays well thanks to a growing demand for this niche skillset.
The Hays 2016 Salary Guide points out that as sectors such as the Australian building and construction industry grow, so too does the demand for qualified WHS professionals: We expect this strong demand for WHS and OHS skills to continue over the coming years in line with the still increasing levels of construction project activity.
Salary expectations differ greatly depending on your level of experience, as well as the state you live in. According to Hays data, WHS managers from Sydney and Melbourne enjoy the biggest take home pay, raking in approximately $110k-$200k per annum!
To work in WHS, it s important to have a VET qualification under your belt to prove that you understand the complex legal and ethical guidelines set out by the government.
It s a high-risk, no-guarantees job, but as unicorn start-ups such as Uber, Airbnb and Australia s home-grown tech giant Atlassian have proven to us all, with the right mix of talent, courage and luck, entrepreneurs stand to make a hell of a lot of money!
According to Forbes Magazine, the average net worth of billionaires who dropped out of college was $9.4 billion in 2009 almost triple that of billionaires with PhDs ($3.2 billion). These are stats you can t ignore, and living proof that hands-on experience trumps a university degree in the Wild West of innovation.
As we move into the future, start-ups and entrepreneurs will play an increasingly important role in our economy. According to the Australian Jobs 2016 report, the Era of the Entrepreneur is a key megatrend set to shape our jobs market.
So how do you become a start-up wunderkind?
The Mark Zuckerbergs and Elon Musks of the world will tell you that there s absolutely no roadmap for this sort of career. But having a good head for business, strong communication skills and a great network will certainly help!
This list would be incomplete without a nod to the select few in this world who succeed on pure talent.
Being an elite athlete, billionaire author or multi-award winning pop star isn t for the faint-hearted, but if you ve got the courage, talent and drive, it s a dream job that could have you raking in the big bucks.
This year, Taylor Swift topped Forbes celebrity rich list, earning a cool $170 million. Author James Patterson came in third at $95 million, followed closely by footballer Christiano Ronaldo at $88 million.
Potential salary range: $0-$170 million (capped at Taylor Swift s earnings for 2016)
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Jobs 2016, Department of Education, Employment