Top Paying Professions That Don’t Require A University Degree

If years of classroom study and a massive student loan don’t appeal to you, then you may want to give the university a miss. Luckily, there are many jobs that pay well and don’t require a degree. Let’s check out some of the best options.


If you’re good at working with your hands, then you can make some serious cash as a plumber. Typically you will be low paid during your apprenticeship (3-4 years). However, you will be earning while you’re learning (unlike a university student) and once you’re qualified your pay will increase substantially.

If you’re wondering exactly how much do plumbers make then you should know that the figures do vary. Rookies may earn $40,000-$50,000 while those with more experience could earn closer to $100,000. Those who successfully run their own business could earn even more.

Truck Driver

Truck drivers keep the country running, and they’re paid quite handsomely for doing so. While the hours can be (very!) long, many truck drivers can earn $100,000+ a year.

Another benefit of the job is that there are no bosses breathing down their neck. It’s just them and their rig. This may seem lonely for some and a boon for others. If you think you can handle a long day on the road, then you may be suitable for this job. Typically all that’s needed is the right truck license.


This is another trade that’s always in high demand. In fact, to do this trade, you have to be both smart and good at hands-on tasks. Of course, the rewards are worth it. Just like a plumber, you will get paid to learn. Once your apprenticeship is over, expect to earn $50,000-$100,000 per year. Business owners can earn a lot more than this.


Every company needs people to write about their products and services. While some copywriters have university degrees, many don’t. In fact, to succeed as a writer all you need is the ability to put words in the right order (plus a bit of punctuation). If you think that you can write to a professional standard or are almost there and just need a bit more practice, then consider giving copywriting a go.

Pay varies but expect $50,000-$80,000 per year.

Fire Fighter

Firefighting can be a glamorous role that also earns real money. If you’re fit and brave, then it may be perfect for you. Of course, don’t think that the job simply entails spraying water at the fire. Firefighting technology is constantly advancing, and you will be required to keep up to date.

Salaries vary but expect $50,000-$80,000 for a full-time position. Fire chiefs can earn a whole lot more than this.

Final Thoughts

There is nothing wrong with giving the university a miss. Some people are simply not suited for it. If you haven’t enrolled or even dropped out then don’t worry. These careers are rewarding and offer substantial salaries, so consider if one of them could be right for you.

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