Did you know that some of the biggest names on Forbes billionaire list didn’t even graduate college?
In fact, one of the most famous names in wealth with a record net worth of more than $92 billion is Bill Gates. He was a college drop out. Another famous name you will know is Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook. He dropped out of Harvard (as did Bill Gates) and currently has a net worth of $74.4 billion. Owner of the Virgin Group Richard Branson never graduated college either but still has made over $4 billion dollars. Now not everyone is going to be a billionaire of course, but does everyone need to go to college in order to make a middle-class livable wage?
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there are many jobs that do not require a degree where you can make an average salary over $50k. The team at U.S. Career Institute put together a master list of these jobs for people looking for an alternative to the 2-to-4-year plus college commitment.
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Some of these jobs may require further job training courses but not the full fledged college commitment that would start many students off with hefty debt. This chart lays out the occupation, the entry level education requirement, the job training requirement, the work experience requirement, the number of employed people in that position in 2019, the projected number of new jobs in the field, the growth rate of that particular occupation and the median annual wage. That is a lot of info! There are 80 different positions on this infographic that you can make over $50 thousand dollars a year. Starting with being a Bridge and Lock Tender which requires a high school diploma or GED and a short term on the job training to net $50,110 annually. In the number one spot on this list is a Commercial Pilot which can bring in over $121,400 with just a high school diploma or GED but also includes a rigorous on the job training program, which thankfully leads to great pilots!