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  • 17 High-Paying Jobs That Only Require A High School Diploma

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    For those who can't afford to go to college, we have some good news for you: there are high-paying jobs out there that only require a high school diploma.
    According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are 17 of the high-paying jobs where workers only need to finish high school. Each has an annual salary of at least $61,000.
    The median annual wages listed are calculated to include hourly, weekly, and annual pay, as well as sales commissions and production bonuses. Overtime wages are not included in the data. We also provided the expected job openings through 2022 and the work experience or on-the-job training needed for a particular job.17. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers
    Median annual wage (2012): $62,730
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,300
    Work experience: None
    Description: Transport passengers
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    16. Subway and streetcar operators
    Median annual wage (2012): $62,730
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,300
    Work experience: None
    Description: Transport passengers
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    15. Postmasters and mail superintendents
    Median annual wage (2012): $63,050
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 5,000
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    14. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
    Median annual wage (2012): $63,250
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 49,900
    Page 2 of 4 - Work experience: None
    Description: Install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics
    On-the-job training:Long-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    13. Transportation inspectors
    Median annual wage (2012): $63,680
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,700
    Work experience: None
    Description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    12. Business operations specialists
    Median annual wage (2012): $65,120
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 209,400
    Work experience: None
    Description: Coordinate the operations of companies, such as training and planning
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    11. Gaming managers
    Median annual wage (2012): $65,220
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,400
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    10. Power plant operators
    Median annual wage (2012): $66,130
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 12,900
    Work experience: None
    Description: Control the systems that generate and distribute electric power
    On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    9. Media and communication equipment workers
    Median annual wage (2012): $68,810
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,900
    Work experience: None
    Description: Set up, operate, and monitor audio, video, and digital equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences
    Page 3 of 4 - On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    8. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
    Median annual wage (2012): $69,300
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 150,200
    Work experience: Five years or more
    Description: Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    7. Power distributors and dispatchers
    Median annual wage (2012): $71,690
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,600
    Work experience: None
    Description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam
    On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    6. Commercial pilots
    Median annual wage (2012): $73,280
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,400
    Work experience: None
    Description: Fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    5. Detectives and criminal investigators
    Median annual wage (2012): $74,300
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 27,700
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    4. Nuclear power reactor operators
    Median annual wage (2012): $74,990
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,300
    Work experience: None
    Description: Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs
    On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Page 4 of 4 - 3. Elevator installers and repairers
    Median annual wage (2012): $76,650
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,000
    Work experience: None
    Description: Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts
    On-the-job training: Apprenticeship
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives
    Median annual wage (2012): $78,270
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,700
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Coordinate activities of members of police force
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
    Median annual wage (2012): $81,830
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 29,100
    Work experience: Five years or more
    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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