of the jobs up ahead offer good starting salaries without a sheepskin,
many have the added benefit of being solid, recession-proof
jobs since they often remain in high demand even as college
grads go begging during an economic downturn:
Officer - Nationwide, average starting salaries range anywhere
from $23,000 to $40,000 for fresh recruits. Requirements include police academy training, along with psychological testing
and a clean criminal background check. Once
on the job, you can work your way up to detective with a median
average starting salary at $70,000 per year.
: Skip the degree and opt for training classes to get your
typing speed up to 200 words per minute, which can translate into
a $30 hourly rate and annual salaries upwards of $100,000 a year,
depending on demand.
Responsibilities include moving
millions of dollars worth of goods and equipment cross-country.
Requirements include great organizational and people skills, plus
the ability to read a map. Often truckers work their way up to this position and pick up
some business classes along the way, but a degree is usually not
necessary. Average starting salary: $50,000 - $66,000.annually.
hygienist : A 2-year dental hygiene certificate or degree
gets you in the door to this fast-growing, high paying non-college
career promising flexible hours and an average salary rate of
$30 an hour.
: If you're a natural born tinkerer, begin by apprenticing
at a local garage or repair shop and work your way up to starting
salary range of $20,000 to $25,000. How much you make afterward
depends on your skills and salesmanship. But for any good auto
mechanic - with a reputation for honest workmanship - the sky's
Electrician: Both careers usually require an apprenticeship
and state licensing depending on location, but with average starting
salaries ranging from $25,000 to $30,000, you can eventually be
making twice that with good neighborhood referrals.
- Start from scratch by first building up a portfolio of pro bono
work for local churches or community organizations. Then combine
your knowledge of html coding and a good eye for graphic design,
and begin earning an average $40,000 to $50,000 annually on web
design depending on clients and hours billed.