10 Cool Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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College isn't the only path you can take to find a sweet career. There are lots of high-paying jobs that don't require a college degree or back-breaking labor. Here are ten in particular that you might want to try out.
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1. Virtual Assistant (Median Earnings: $40 Per Hour)

Businesses, entrepreneurs, writers and other professionals are always on the lookout for skilled individuals who can handle research, administrative duties and other specialized services from a remote location. If you are comfortable with computers and like the idea of working from home, a career as a virtual assistant might be a good choice. Virtual assistants with marketable skills typically earn between $25 and $60 per hour.

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2. Gaming Manager (Median Salary: $62,820)

Gaming managers oversee operations at casinos and similar establishments. While you won't be able to land a job as a gaming manager without previous casino experience, there's no reason why you can't work your way up from other positions. In fact, most gaming managers start out as dealers or runners.

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3. Real Estate Broker (Median Salary: $58,720)

A real estate broker acts as the middleman between people who want to buy and those who want to sell real estate. Becoming a real estate broker is very painless--all you have to do is spend 30 to 90 hours in class and pass a state exam. Employment opportunities are usually dependent upon the local economy, but gaining a job and making a decent living is relatively easy.

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4. Salesperson (Median Salary: $58,710)

They say that all you need to do to be able to sell something is believe in the product. It must be true, because you don't need a degree to become a salesperson. If there's something you are knowledgeable about, try to sell it. Most sales reps work on commission, which means the more you sell, the more you make. The median annual salary for sales reps is $57,710, but it is not unusual for skilled salespeople to earn more than $100,000 per year. Not bad for a job that doesn't require a college degree.

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5. Police Detective (Median Salary: $53,990)

Police detectives collect evidence, interview perps and solve crimes. If you are a U.S. citizen who is at least 20 years old, you can become a police detective. Of course, you might have to start out as a patrol officer first and work your way up. But the opportunity for advancement is great. Most police offers are eligible for promotion within six months to three years of active duty.

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6. Ship Captain (Median Salary: $53,430)

Want to sail the high seas and get paid to do it? Consider a job as a ship captain. Ship captains command vessels and supervise ship crews. To become a captain, you need good vision, the proper licenses and the ability to navigate in the water. A good set of sea legs are helpful too.

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7. Writer (Median Salary: $48,640)

Because there is more demand for writers than ever before, it is much easier to break into the industry without an English degree. New writers can create material for books, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, advertisements and online publications. They can also write content for motion pictures, TV or radio.

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8. Fish and Game Warden (Median Salary: $47,830)

Like the great outdoors? Consider a career as a fish and game warden. These government employees get plenty of fresh air patrolling the areas where people hunt and fish. There are approximately 8,000 fish and game wardens stationed around the country. To apply for a job, contact your state's Department of Personnel or the Federal Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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9. Web Designer (Median Salary: $43,059)

A job as a web designer is perfect for someone with an eye for design. Web designers create and design content for web pages. Designers have flexibility and can either freelance or work a regular nine-to-five. The pay isn't bad either. Web designers with less than one year's experience earn a median annual salary of $34,791, according to a recent United States Salary Survey. Designers who have worked in this field for over ten years typically earn more than $50,000 each year.

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10. Game Tester (Median Salary: $37,861)

You know how your mom always told you video games were a waste of time? Well, she was wrong. Game testers play games all day long and get paid handsomely for it. Entry-level testers can usually earn at least $25,000 per year and experienced testers average $66,574. The best part is that jobs are plentiful in this growing industry.

Game Tester Resources

  • How to Become a Game Tester - This is a great place to start if you're interested in becoming a game tester.
  • Game Informer - Site with cutting edge video game news, reviews and previews.
  • Game Tester - This site has articles, jobs and all the information you need to get started in video game testing.

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