Whether it be for financial or personal reasons, some high schoolers will find that obtaining a four-year bachelor’s degree isn't the best option. If this sounds like you, you may be wondering what types of high-paying jobs are available to those without college degrees. While there are tons of fulfilling career options, here are a few of the highest-earning career paths that you may want to consider as you plan for life after graduation.
If you're interested in technology, becoming a web developer could be a perfect career option. While some web developers pursue an associate's degree in graphic design or computer programming, many are self-trained. Many web developers work as freelancers, so it's an excellent option for anyone looking for flexibility in their career.
If you're interested in business, real estate could be for you! While it requires you to get a real estate license, becoming a realtor doesn't look for you to hold a bachelor's degree. The field is highly competitive — but with persistence, you can break into the market and make a great living listing and selling property.
If you are interested in health, you may be attracted to becoming a dental hygienist or a certified nurses' assistant. While both jobs require you to pursue a post-high-school certification, they don't need an associate's or bachelor's degree. Thus, they're great ways to be in health care without taking on college or medical school debt.
If you are interested in art, becoming a makeup artist for theater or movies could be an incredible path for you. The median income for professional makeup artists is roughly $64,000, so this job will give you financial stability while allowing you to continue being creative each day.
In the world of COVID-19, there's no doubt that working from home is the new normal. However, most traditional high school jobs don't lend themselves well to a virtual format.
Let's be honest. Trying to find a part-time job as a teen can be overwhelming. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on Google, searching every company I know, only to find out that most of them are only hiring college kids. If you take this approach, this process can be frustrating, to say the least.