10 High-Paying Jobs You Won’t Need A Degree For

High Paying Jobs 2018

Society tells us that a high paying and secure job can almost only ever be the result of graduating from a 4+ year university degree. Well, what if we told you that not only do university graduates not earn more, but some companies are looking away from graduates and focusing more on those with passion and life skills who do not have a degree.

As a whole, there are more university graduates flooding the workforce now than ever. So many in fact that it even prompted Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to suggest that students stop going for the sake of it, and begin looking for work away from a degree.

An example of a company turning its back on graduate culture is supergiant Google. Their new hiring process has taken aim at graduates placing graduates in a place no better than those with no higher education at all. Because of graduate glut, companies are beginning to manoeuvre around graduates and focus on those with no tertiary degrees but rather, industry experience. Google has even gone as far as saying that test scores and GPAs are ‘worthless.’

Below we’ve listed some top-earning jobs in Australia that don’t require a degree but can still earn you 6 figures.

  1. Construction Manager

Construction managers are required to know almost everything that’s happening on site and everyone working.

They work alongside everyone from contractors, architects, suppliers and the builders of a project to ensure everything runs smoothly and on time, from start to finish. To succeed in construction management, there is an exceptional level of team leadership and unparalleled organisation skills. There is not one workflow that construction managers don’t interact with.

Typical annual salaries for constructions managers exceed $100,000 and according to SEEK, hover at $123,500 on average.

2. Air Transport Professionals 

Working in the heavily regulated and complex field of air transportation requires great skill, an ability to follow all rules under all circumstances and to be able to take the role extremely seriously.

All prospective aviation workers who intend to fly aircraft are required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to have at least 200 flying hours experience before they are able to obtain their Commercial Pilot License.

Air transport professionals, like pilots, must hold an Air Transport Pilot License if they want to be in control of an aircraft with a number of crew members, and this license will only be granted after stringent testing and examining a prospective pilots ability to fly. A minimum of 1500 flying hours is also required.

The typical annual salary for a pilot in Australia ranges from $56,000 to $285,000.

3. Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators 

Working with cranes and lifts means you must be able to handle working at heights and in difficult and high-risk situations, without becoming too overwhelmed. As this field is complex and has a number of risks involved in its day-to-day operations there are regulations requiring all crane, hoist and lift operators to hold a License to Perform High Risk Work certificate.

Data from SEEK revealed that the average salary for crane, hoist and lift operators exceeds $100,000 a year and can reach $177,000 annually.

4. Mining Professionals 

One of Australia’s largest industries, the mining industry, employs some of the highest paid workers in the nation. Employees within this field must be strong and able to work in high risk and seemingly dangerous situations without an issue.

Fly-in and fly-out work is also common for workers in the mining industry and therefore a disruptive work schedule must also be accounted for.

Annual incomes in the mining industry range from $56,000 to over $300,000.

5. Managers

A more stringent and fast-paced work environment is found in higher level management positions. These employees are expected to be able to create perfect solutions to business problems and find new ways to streamline workflows and create new income streams.

Some titles in the management field include CIOs, CFOs and CEOs. These roles take years or even decades of experience to reach, but the end result is a pay packet often larger than some mining jobs.

The average salary for those in management begin at $50,000 and reach over $300,000.

6. Gas, Petroleum and Oil Power Plant Operators 

Australians employed in the gas and oil industries have bypassed the global shock and drop in employment and have stable incomes and positions.

Some of the highest paid positions in the gas and petroleum fields don’t require a degree and can produce payment packages of over $100,000. Although not requiring a degree, most roles require developed mathematical skills and an ability to deal with strenuous workloads.

Average salaries for those working in oil, gas and petroleum exceed $75,000 and can reach $120,000.

7. Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Professionals 

A field that has experience growth unparalleled to any other in history is the IT and communications industry. Heavily focused on consumer technology and providing services has meant that the industry has shown little signs of slow down even in the toughest economic times.

Most roles within IT require great problem-solving skills and a deep understating of coding and analytics. New technologies are constantly disrupting other industries and bringing more money through to the IT fields, meaning roles are experiencing higher wage growth.

Average salaries begin at around $40,000 and balloon up to over $350,000.

8. Work Health & Safety Professionals 

Depending on experience and the role, jobs in workplace health and safety pay surprisingly well. Employees often work on construction sites and analyse and mitigate risks as well as ensure construction activity runs smoothly.

Hays has revealed that in Melbourne and Sydney workplace health and safety managers make well over $100,000 a year and in some cases more than $200,000.

Average workplace health and safety annual salaries range from $50,000 to more than $200,000.

9. Entrepreneurs 

Entrepreneurs are either born with their skill or develop it over time, though either way, it can pay off greatly. The best part of entrepreneurs ventures is that there isn’t a required degree.  You simply follow your gut or an idea and go with it.

The worlds most known entrepreneurs have made tens of billions of dollars and have seemingly done so by creating an industry that didn’t exist before. Steve Jobs, for example, created an industry and countless other industries following his first Macintosh.

Salaries can range from $0 to infinite, all depending on how each venture works out.

10. Influencers

Creating fame isn’t easy, but it’s certainly possible. Using your name, talent and appearance to build a brand and branch out online through social media channels and blogs have worked for a number of ‘talentless’ celebrities like Kim Kardashian – who recently earned more than $15 million in 24 hours from a fragrance launch.

Influencers create a massive channel for brands to utilise to advertise their products and services to consumers and in order to be successful, your brand will need to align with those of advertisers.

Salaries of some of the largest influences reach more than $150 million, whereas averagely sized influencers can expect salaries from $60,000 to $450,000 depending on their brand reach.


Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.