If you’re ready to start your career or make a change from your current job, and you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on school, here are six high-paying jobs you can get with a high-school education—or high school, plus some additional specialized training.
All these jobs pay substantially more than what high school grads generally end up earning. That’s $40,612, annualizing weekly data from 2020 data sets from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the median earnings of a high school grad in 2020.
There are plenty of reasons to be interested in alternatives to jobs that require college. Trillions, to be precise: American student loan debt has now reached roughly $1.71 trillion in 2020. According to a 2020 report from EducationData.org, the average student loan debt in 2020 was $37,693, with the total number of borrowers reaching over 45.3 million. Many recent graduates will be repaying their loans for 10 years or more.
All salary figures for the jobs below are from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and are current as of May 2020.
6. Gaming Manager
If you love the glitter of casinos and thrill of gambling, you may enjoy a career as a gaming manager. You don’t even need to move to Vegas to get in on the action, although you will need to live somewhere with legal gambling.
Gaming managers are usually moved up from the ranks after a couple of years of on-the-job training in a casino, but no formal education is required beyond a high school diploma. The gaming has projected growth from 2019-2029 at 9%. The average annual salary for a gaming manager in May 2020 was $75,470.