8 highly paid specialties that do not require higher education

You do not need to spend several years studying at the university to get a highly paid job. Getting a degree requires a lot of effort, time and hard work, but as practice shows, it is not always important when it comes to getting a job. If you agree to work hard and are in great physical shape, you can earn decent money without going through the stressful time of studying in university. In many areas, preference is given to skills, but not education, and they are ready to pay good money for those skills. So if you are in search of highly paid work, for which you do not need higher education, pay special attention to the list presented below.


Despite the fact that firemen do not need a diploma, you will have to confirm your perfect physical form. Be ready to pass many different tests to demonstrate speed, strength and endurance. Depending on the rank, firefighters can receive up to £40 thousand, but, of course, station chiefs receive a salary much higher.

Operator that determines the sex of chickens

The operator, who determines the sex of the chickens, works at the factory and is engaged in the separation of the male and female chickens when they are still very tiny. Although the name of the specialty can sound like the beginning of a promising anecdote, this work is rather well paid. For this work, the operator determining sex of chickens, can get a salary of £40 thousand. University education really does not matter, because this work is learnt on the spot. But there is also not a very pleasant moment: it is necessary to determine the sex of chickens by looking at their anus and fecal masses.


The initial salary of the police constable is £19 thousand and can increase to £38 thousand for several years of work. The sergeant's payment can be equal to £40 thousand, and senior inspectors get above £50 thousand. To get a job in in this area, you do not need to graduate from university, but there are a number of medical assessments, tests that check physical endurance, and security checks that you will have to pass.

Air controller

Air-traffic controller is responsible for all aspects of aircraft flight, including landing. This is not an easy job, which does not really require you to study at the university, but you will have to spend 3 years for a special training. The beginner's salary starts from £13 thousand, but in time will exceed £50 thousand.

Train driver

Some employers may request education of the level of GCSE from candidates, but to manage the train, you do not need to get a degree. To be able to work on the London Underground, you must turn 18 years old (20 years old, if it is about National Rail Network) and live an hour away from the district where you want to work. Future drivers pass a medical examination, during which the hearing and sight are checked.

Supervisor of the construction works

The main duty is to ensure that the construction work is completed safely, without exceeding the time limits and at a high level. Although the master's degree will not be demanded, higher education will not hurt. In addition, in the first few years special training will be necessary. As for payment, it starts at £26,000, but for a commander officer it can grow to £70 thousand.

Naval Staff Officer

As a naval officer, you will monitor the daily operations of ships and submarines. You will also be responsible for training people under your leadership. You do not have to go to the university, but there will be many other requirements. Sportive people from 17 years of age and older, with a height of at least 151.5 cm are welcome. You must pass at least 5 GCSE exams, including English and math, and at least 2 A Level exams. You need to be a sportive citizen of Great Britain, Ireland or one of the countries of Commonwealth. The initial salary is £25 thousand, but having reached the commander, you will get above E70 thousand.

Marketing assistant

Most marketing companies offer young people different types of internships that do not involve preliminary education at the university. If you do not want to work on probation, try to compete for the position of marketing assistant. But first, you will need to pass the exams GCSE and A-Level. By the way, it is important to note that in this sphere there is a very big competition. First the assistants receive about £18 thousand, but having reached the senior marketing worker, you can get £30 thousand. Chiefs earn as much as £100 thousand.

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