So much is said of the benefits of getting post-high school education when it comes to job-hunting that many very good jobs may be overlooked by newcomers to the job market. Those just coming out of high school need to know that there are good-paying opportunities that don’t require a college degree or prior experience.
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– are always wanted by national, regional and local companies. You need a good driving record, a current license. You may find a job in this field offers the flexibility to accommodate additional schooling. Annual salary range, $21,903 to $47,898.
Garbage Collection Jobs
– are for those not adverse to rising early. They offer most holidays off and may include good benefits. Exercise on the job is a side benefit. You must be physically fit and able to lift heavy items. Look at Waste Management’s career site for details. Salary range, $19,920 to $59,922.
– have a choice of jobs as the number of positions is expected to expand by 19 percent in the next 10 years. Requirements include the ability to communicate by phone and having good customer service qualities. Salary range, $21,903 to $47,898.
– have a wide choice, including mall policing, sentry positions at embassies and other secure facilities, Homeland Security officers at airports, and secure cash transport for financial institutions. A high school diploma is all that’s needed for most of these jobs. You may be asked to submit to periodic drug testing, have a clean criminal record and obtain a firearms license. Salary range, $18,161 to $38,999.
– need no formal education, but would benefit from a bar tending course. The work can be difficult as you work with people from many different backgrounds and walks of life. In some places, laws hold bartenders responsible for not allowing patrons to drink to excess. The ABC Bar Tending School site lists bar tending school locations around the country. Salary range, $13,085 to $47,298.
School Bus Drivers
– must have clean driving and criminal records. The work is primarily morning and late afternoon. Most employers offer the same holidays and days off that teachers get and the same benefits. Salary range, $16,404 to $39,883.
Real estate brokers
– usually spend several years generating a clientele and the expertise to make big money, although the potential for a large income is there. You need an agent license to join a real estate firm. The license involves a 60-hour course of study and there are additional courses to become a full- fledged broker. Salary range, $30,303 to $227,211.
Oil Field Workers
– at entry level, need nothing more than a high school diploma. Oil companies provide on-the-job training in specific assignments. Some oil field work involves travel around the world. The work is outdoors and offers good pay and benefits. Salary range, $19,000 to $45,000.
Cable TV installers
– learn on the job. An ability to interact well with many types of people is an asset. Contact your local cable company for details. Salary range, $21,584 to $51,855.
– To drive an 18-wheel truck, you would be away from home much of the time, but the jobs offer good pay and benefits and require minimal training. Many trucking companies pay for training and assist in obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License. Medical exams and background checks may be required, depending on what you would be hauling. Salary range, $27,528 to $67,393.