Universities are going through a rough time at the moment. Degrees are only getting more expensive and graduates are struggling harder than ever to find jobs. On the other hand, we’ve got a lot of traditional trades undergoing a skills shortage. So, it’s definitely worth sussing out the career options that don’t involve getting a degree because the truth is, you don’t have to go to uni to make the big bucks.

So, without further ado, here are the 10 highest paying jobs you can get without a degree in 2018.

1. Construction Manager

Average Salary: $153,213

Qualifications: There’s a couple of ways to get into this one. You can go down the construction trade route, build up some experience and then complete a Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction from TAFE or another RTO.  To be fair though, this is a role that you can also reach with a Bachelor’s degree in Building Science or Civil Engineering.

Description: This role involves planning and directing large-scale building projects. Construction Managers are responsible for planning, organising, controlling and direction the construction of civil engineering projects, as well as buildings and dwellings.

2. Maintenance Manager

Average Salary: $110,030

Qualifications: It varies, depending on your employer, but in many cases maintenance managers have a trade or just the training they received over the course of years on the job. This is one of those jobs were you need to build some solid experience and know the right people to progress up the career ladder.

Description: Maintenance managing is about the upkeep and repair of facilities, buildings, machines or mechanical systems. Specific duties vary from industry and organisation but will generally involve ensuring equipment is operated and maintained correctly, overseeing staff and ensuring safety requirements are met.

3. Farm Manager

Average Salary: $92,588

Qualifications: You can work as a farm manager without any formal qualifications and just solid experience. Skills in farm management, crop production or animal husbandry are usually necessary but you can get these either through work experience in a related role, or a relevant TAFE or RTO course (like a Diploma of Agriculture).

Description: The title is pretty self explanatory- farm managers manage farms. Basically, farm mangers oversee all the operational stuff that happens on farms, including tending crops, operating and repairing machinery, managing staff and undertaking administrative duties.

4. Electrician

Average Salary: $84,311

Qualifications: An apprenticeship – four years.

Description: Electricians inspect, install and maintain electrical components and systems.

5. Senior Care Worker

Average Salary: $82,976

Qualifications: This industry is expected to see a lot of job growth in the coming years so it’s a pretty safe bet career wise. To get qualified, you can do courses like a Certificate III in Individual Support or a Diploma of Nursing through institutions like TAFE. Getting experience in this sector is also super important so you can work up to the highest levels of management.

Description: Care workers assist disabled people, elderly people and those who are mentally and physically ill. Senior care workers do a lot of the same duties, as well as supervising and managing staff.

6. Pilot

Average Salary: $78,473

Qualifications: While it’s true that most pilots have a degree in Aircraft Operations, there’s other ways to get in without a degree. Some airlines offer cadetship programs, you can undertake private training or suss out programs provided by the Australian Air Force.

Description: Come on guys, you know this one.

7. Executive Assistant

Average Salary: $74,838

Qualifications: While formal qualifications aren’t necessarily required for the job, it’s really important that executive assistants are highly organised, personable and great at communication. Courses like a Certificate in Business Admin might help you land a job and even if you start off in an entry level postion, you’ll be able to build your skills and experience until you reach the top.

Description: An executive assistant is the person who works with high level executives within a company and they can have a massive range of responsibilities depending on where they’re working. Generally though, they complete administrative tasks, maintain data bases and handle communication with clients.

8. Sales Executive

Average Salary: $72,933

Qualifications: As with most of these roles, you can start by getting yourself a degree in marketing, business or sales. However, you can also work your way up through the ranks via on-the-job training and many of the best sales execs don’t have any formal training. This one is all about experience over education and there’s no formal qualifications necessary.

Description: The sales executive is responsible for representing a business to its customers and clients as well as bringing money in through sales.

9. Roofer

Average Salary: $73,394

Qualifications: Straight up, you need to get a trade to become a roofer.

Description: Roofers are responsible for designing, building and maintaining roofs of all kinds. It’s not hard to see why this job is important and highly valued – everyone needs a roof over their head.

10. Car Sales Executive

Average Salary: $72,612


 You just need to learn how to sell stuff, which can be done on the job. Experience is key, so you’ll need to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

Description: Car sales executives are, quite simply, responsible for selling cars. In sales, you can work your way up through the ranks via on-the-job training and there are plenty of successful salespeople without any formal training.

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