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Best paying jobs for people with a high school diploma or less.

It's not true that a college education is required for every good paying job. This selector features over 120 occupations that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics require only a high school diploma or less and pay a median wage from about $36,000 to over $80,000 per year. Wages vary by geography. Over half these jobs require moderate to long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeships, while the remainder require a short-term or no on-the-job training.


  • Do you prefer to consider jobs that require more than a high school education?
       Yes, I want to see those careers that might require more than a high school education.
       No, I prefer those jobs which are appropriate for people with no more than a high school education.



    1. While education beyond high school is not necessary for the jobs listed in this selector, some jobs typically include special training. Which, if any, do you prefer?
    Short-term on-the-job training
    Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Long-term on-the-job training
    Apprenticeship
    No special on-the-job training.
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    2. Some jobs expect applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some don't.
    Jobs open to job applicants with less than a high school education
    Jobs open to job applicants who are high school graduates and those with a GED
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    3. Which sort of work setting would you consider?
    Indoor
    Outdoor
    Office
    Shop
    Factory, plant or warehouse
    Traveling, including travel to work sites and to visit customers.
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    4. What you be comfortable wearing to work?
    Office attire
    Work clothes
    Uniform
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    5. Working hours can vary, depending on the job. Some jobs require employees to work more or less than the usual work week. Which of the following do you ACCEPT? Work hours beyond the normal daytime hours usually pay more.
    Overtime work
    Weekend work
    Holiday work
    Evening and/or night work
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    6. Working hours can vary, depending on the job. Some jobs require employees to work more or less than the usual work week. Which of the following do you want to AVOID? Work beyond the usual hours will often interrupt your personal life including your chance to pursue an education.
    Overtime work
    Weekend work
    Holiday work
    Evening and/or night work
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    7. Every job has its challenges. Which of these challenges are you up for?
    Dangerous work
    Long periods of standing or sitting
    Physically demanding work
    Uncomfortable work
    Fast paced work
    Work-related pressure
    Exposure to weather
    Dirty, dusty, messy, greasy or smelly work environments
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    8. Some jobs are more promising than others.
    Higher potential jobs preferred. This rating is based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor's projected percent change in employment from 2012 to 2022
    Higher paying jobs preferred. These median wages are based on data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    9. Some jobs require special aptitudes and abilities. Do you have any of the following?
    Creativity
    Self-motivated, initiative
    Physical strength
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

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