10 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Do Without a Degree!

10 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Do Without a Degree!
2 May 2019    Faith Paglinawan    0 comments

Gone are the days where a degree is needed to get yourself into a high-paying job. University degrees can be expensive and there are now plenty of other pathways you can take which don’t involve a degree such as trades and apprenticeships. Whilst some people enjoy going to University and like the idea of studying, it definitely isn’t for everyone.

We are going to share with you the top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia that you can achieve without a University degree and still earn the big bucks!



1. Crane, hoist and lift operators 

Salary - Average salary is between $78,000- $103,999 per year depending on experience. Some operators can earn up to $140,000 per year.

Crane, hoist and lift operator’s move heavy objects using machinery to a variety of places which may include construction sites, mines, factories and shipyards. There are a number of ways you can become a crane, hoist and lift operator and one of these includes going to TAFE and studying a relevant course such as a Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations or a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades).

2. Miners

Salary -  Entry level miners can earn a starting salary of $93,813 per year. Experienced mining professionals can earn anywhere between $150,000 to $400,000 per year.

A miner extracts coal, ore and other minerals from the earth. Their job often involves blasting or cutting rock face and removing it to locate these minerals.  To work in the mining industry it is definitely useful to have a construction or trades background, although it is not necessary.

3. ICT Professionals

Salary - Average salary for an ICT professional is $80,000 to $90,000 per year.

ICT refers to Information and Communication technologies that deliver information through telecommunications. This includes areas such as the Internet, mobile phones, wireless networks and other communication mediums. ICT professionals design, test and provide advice for these specific applications. You can become an ICT professional by completing an ICT Apprenticeship Program and working your way up in the field.  

4. Construction Manager

Salary - Average salary is $111,264 with some Construction managers earning up to $190,000 per year.

Construction managers are responsible for coordinating and supervising a variety of projects and people such as overseeing the building of all types of industrial and commercial structures, bridges, roads, schools, hospitals etc. There are a number of ways you can become a construction manager, but a common way without going to University includes getting involved in the construction and trade industry and gaining experience or completing a TAFE course or a course at another Registered Training Organisation.

5. Air Traffic Controllers

Salary - The average salary for an air traffic controller is $124,540 per year with some experienced controllers earning more than $200,000 per year.

An air traffic controller manages the flow of an aircraft into and out of the airport airspace and they guide pilots during take-off and landing to help them to navigate the skies in a safe and efficient manner. An air traffic controller is a very stressful job as you need full concentration and there is no room for human error, hence why the pay is high!   



6. Farmer's, Rancher's and other agricultural manager's

Salary - The average salary for this role is approximately $60,000-$80,000 per year.  

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers role is to operate establishments that produce livestock, dairy products and crops. Some daily tasks include supervising different processes to do with harvesting, herding and fertilizing, as well as determining the best way to raise livestock and crops by evaluating factors such as soil conditions and market conditions. You can go straight into this role without a qualification and build up experience on the job.

7. Train driver

Salary - The average salary for a train driver is $95,000 per year. However, train drivers can make a lot more when taking into account penalties and overtime with some earning $194,000 per year.

As a train driver, you are responsible for operating the train and driving passengers or freight in a safe and responsible manner. You do not need a qualification to become a train driver.   

8. Electrician

Salary - Depending on what type of electrician you are, you can earn anywhere between $60,000 to $120,000 per year.

Electricians maintain and install electrical and power systems for factories, businesses and homes. Part of their role involves maintaining wiring and lighting systems, as well as inspecting electrical components such as circuit breakers and transformers.

9. Executive Assistant 

Salary - The average salary for an executive assistant is between $60,000 to $80,000 per year.

An executive’s assistant’s role is quite similar to that of a secretary or administrative assistant. They perform tasks such as making phone calls, sending memos, setting business meeting agendas and reviewing incoming reports. An executive assistant is pretty much employed to make the executive’s life easier. No university degree is necessary for this role, however, a TAFE course in business administration may be beneficial.  

10. Sales Executive 

Salary - A sale’s executive’s salary can range between $60,000 to $80,000 per year with the opportunity to earn more with bonuses and commission.

A Sales executive is the point of contact between an organisation and its clients. Their role often involves organising sales visits, introducing and presenting products, as well as identifying prospective clients. Whilst University offers bachelor degrees in business, you can also obtain a sales executive position by studying a business diploma at TAFE, working your way up in an organisation, as well as gaining experience in the retail industry.

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