6 High-Paying Jobs With Low Education Requirements

5. Police Officer

Although many police officers do have college degrees, the minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma. The recruiting process is fairly competitive. In addition, in order to qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen and be over 21 years of age. Because it’s a physically taxing job, you may be required to meet certain physical standards. Once you’re hired, you’ll probably have to attend police academy training.

Job growth for police officers is expected to be about 5% between 2019 and 2029. There are also opportunities for advancement into the detective and criminal investigator ranks, where salaries can hit six digits in some locations. The median annual salary for a police officer was $67,290.

Although it may pay well, police-force jobs have some of the highest rates of injury and illness among occupations, and there may not be any consistency with your shifts. In fact, many officers work around the clock.

4. Elevator Installer and Repairer

Find a good apprenticeship program, and you’re on your way to a six-figure income in many locations. You don’t need a degree to get in, but you do need competency in advanced math and engineering. Paid apprenticeships usually take about five years and cover things like electrical theory, physics, and technical specs. Once you’re done, you’ll need to get a license—some may require an exam—in order to work.


The median annual salary for an elevator installer and repairer.

This industry is expected to grow by 7% between 2019 and 2029, with new installation and maintenance expected to drive growth and demand for new workers.12 Keep in mind that you may be required to work in small, cramped spaces. And because this equipment runs all day, every day, you may be on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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