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2020-08-21 12:20:02

TOP-8 high-paying jobs that don't require higher education

TOP-8 high-paying jobs that don't require higher education

"To live well! A good life is even better!". Indeed, living with wealth is much more pleasant. How to achieve a good life and whether a diploma is needed for this is a deeply rhetorical question. Higher education is in crisis - the value of a diploma is gradually decreasing: this is especially felt in new areas of IT, marketing, digital professions, and some classical professions do not require deep academic knowledge. So what does it take to live well?

TOP-8 highly paid professions for which you do not need a higher education

A diploma is not a guarantee of a high salary, but somebody think that the crust itself is the key that opens many doors. SMAPSE experts have compiled a list of professions in which it is realistic to start working without a diploma. But there is one caveat - in the process of work, additional education will be required.

IT specialists

The system of higher education has not been formed for new specialties: in the IT sphere, technologies are dynamically improving, and fundamental knowledge is constantly becoming obsolete. This area does not set an age limit - even students start working from trainee positions.

  • Common requirements: excellent knowledge of JavaScript and language features, knowledge of JS frameworks / libraries. AngularJS, React preferred, excellent knowledge of OOP, design patterns, experience with Node.js., experience with builders (Grunt, Gulp, Webpack), experience in optimizing render times and page load times.

Digital professions

Technological progress creates jobs in the digital space every year, and you will not be asked for a diploma - again, there are now no university programs in new specialties. More important are skills, personal qualities, desire. But reaching the Olympus of freelancing is not so easy - it will take years for a career lift.

  • Requirements: depend on the specialty.

Sales managers

Nowdays sales is the most promising area for ambitious job seekers without a rig. Employers do not require specialized education, the main thing is communication skills and talent for sales. But there is one catch - the salary is formed according to the "salary + bonus" scheme, so the salary at the starting positions is very modest.

  • Requirements: communication skills, knowledge of the theory of sales, dedication, organization, knowledge of the market.


This is a challenging job requiring a wide range of knowledge and skills, and most bloggers are self-taught. The reason is the same as with other digital professions - the lack of bachelor's degree programs in blogging. At the same time, well-promoted YouTube channels generate revenue for the pros from affiliate programs and promotional offers.

  • Requirements: technical side of work, recording, editing, acting data, digital marketing.


There are nuances in how to get to the top salaries - as in other professions, for example, go to study abroad or learn from the best. Many people succeed in this, and chefs are able to feed themselves in a literal and figurative sense.

  • Requirements: secondary education at a culinary college or technical school.

Personal driver

To earn money as a personal driver, you need driving experience + personal qualities in the price - attentiveness, courtesy, customer focus. A high salary does not shine for beginners - professionalism is needed to work, which is eloquently indicated by experience and reputation.

  • Requirements: driver's license, experience, punctuality, accuracy, good knowledge of the city.

Flight attendant

No special profile knowledge is required to work as a flight attendant - everything that stewards need to know will be taught in flight educational centers. The hard work of flight attendants brightens up both a decent income and the opportunity to travel the world.

  • Requirements: communication skills, knowledge of foreign languages.


To start working in a real estate agency, you do not need special education, but knowledge in mathematics, psychology, and marketing is required.

  • Requirements: competent oral and written speech, knowledge of PC.


You can live without a diploma, but you don't need to change the concepts - you can live without a diploma, but without dedication, work and other human efforts (everyone has their own set) - hardly.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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