Did You Drop Out of College? Here Are 10 High-Paying Jobs for College Dropouts


Planning to look for a more fulfilling, higher-paying job in 2015? If so, you’re not alone. Getting a better job is a fairly common New Year’s resolution, year after year — especially lately, when so many Americans are concerned with boosting their income. Many mistakenly believe they need to spend years in school or have a vast amount of work experience under their belt before they can start earning a decent salary; this is simply a misconception.

In fact, there are a number of incredibly lucrative jobs out there that don’t even require a college degree. If you’re ready to reach your earning potential in 2015, the following 10 jobs can help you get there.

These professionals collect, treat and dispose of waste materials; they might work in recycling centers, provide remediation services, offer septic pumping or perform other services related to waste removal. The average salary of waste disposal personnel is $25 per hour as of November 2014, according to the BLS, even though the only requirement for the job is typically a high school diploma.

Turn your passion for wine tasting into a fruitful career. A sommelier works in a restaurant, assisting customers in finding a bottle of wine to complement their meal. Technically, the only requirement to become a sommelier is being at least 21 years of age, but those who enroll in a certificate or diploma program will get better jobs and earn more money. According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, a sommelier without much experience may earn roughly $28,000 per year, while a Master Sommelier can earn anywhere from $80,000 to $160,000 annually.

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Source: GoBankingRates | Laura Woods

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