Didn’t Graduate? 7 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get with a GED

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If college isn’t in your future, whether due to tight finances or some other life circumstance that makes shelling out thousands of dollars in tuition impractical, know that you still have some options. Not having a college degree doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle for a low-paying job. In fact, there are plenty of jobs offering a six-figure salaries. Here are seven jobs for you to consider.

1. Electrician

These handy workers help keep the lights on. If you’re interested in troubleshooting electrical issues, you may want to think about a career as an electrician. Don’t worry if you lack any related work experience. Entry-level electricians generally receive on-the-job training through an apprenticeship. Electricians made a median annual salary of $51,110 in 2014. The top 10% of electricians earned more than $85,000.

2. Loan officer

Loan officers make decisions regarding who is financially fit enough to pay back a loan. If the financial services industry piques your interest, a job as a loan officer may be a possibility. The annual median salary for loan officers was $62,620 in 2014. The top 10% of loan officers earned more than $128,390.

3. Farmer

This job will require you to supervise the crop production and ranging process, which includes planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and herding. You’ll also select and purchase supplies such as machinery and fertilizers. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers made a median annual salary of $68,050 in 2014. The top 10% of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers earned $121,690.

4. Power plant operator

Have you always wanted to experience the excitement of working at a power plant? This job is for you. As a power plant operator, you’ll operate several types of equipment, troubleshoot and correct equipment malfunctions, and maintain equipment. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers made an annual mean salary of $72,910 in 2014. The top 10% of power plant operators made more than $97,300.

5. Elevator installer

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As an elevator installer or repair person you will install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators and other equipment used to lift people or objects. You’ll also be tasked with identifying and repairing malfunctions and testing equipment. Elevator installers and repairers made an annual median salary of $78,620 in 2014. The top 10% of elevator installers and repairers earned an annual pay of $109,450.

6. Commercial pilot

An aviation career is within your reach. If you’ve always dreamed of having a job that allowed you to travel, think about piloting commercial airplanes. You’ll get to see new places every day and meet interesting people. In addition to a high school diploma or equivalent, you will need a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration. The median annual salary for commercial airline pilots in 2014 was a very healthy $103,390. The top 10% earned more than $187,200.

7. Air traffic controller

If you love the hustle and bustle of the airport, then air traffic controlling is for you. If you want to be an air traffic control specialist, you’ll have to be a U.S. citizen, attend training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy no later than your 31st birthday, and pass a medical and security evaluation. You’ll also be required to pass a pre-employment test. The FAA says you can find air traffic control jobs through the USA Jobs website. Air traffic controllers made a median annual salary of $122,340 in 2014. The top 10% earned more than $172,000.

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