3 Jobs Starting at $40,000 per Year That Don’t Require a College Degree

When people are asked as children, what do they want to be when they grow up, the response is usually predictable. A fireman. A pilot. A nurse. A Youtuber. Rarely will a child tell you they plan to be a mid-level office manager, an accountant, or a call-center agent. By the time most kids are nearly finished with high school, they are expected to adjust their childhood visions to something that suits them better as adults. Some go to college while others prefer vocational school or head straight into the workforce. Here are three careers with starting pay above $40,000 that can be a good option someone who doesn’t plan to work in an office.

Industrial Machine Mechanic

Getting into this field usually starts with a job working as an assistant to a mechanic. Some employers will offer on-the-job training or apprenticeship programs. People who work in this field, work with machinery often formed of surgical grade stainless steel. They use computer diagnostics and technical manuals to identify mechanical issues and decide whether they need to be repaired or replaced.

Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic

Students looking to break into this line of work should focus their attention on math and physics and will need to attend a diesel tech program at a vocational school or local junior college. Once training is completed, they will be able to work in the railroad or construction industries inspecting and maintaining equipment.

Aircraft Mechanic

This high-paying career requires time spent in a technical school to be an aviation mechanic and up to 30 hours of work experience. Several exams, both written and practical are required to obtain a certificate. Workers in this field complete inspections and ensure that aircraft meet FAA guidelines. Through regular maintenance and repair, they keep an aircraft functional and safe.

Each one of these career options requires less training than a four-year degree. Employers in these industries are always on the lookout for well-trained and dedicated workers.