Five high-paying jobs for high school graduates
Americans have a near-religious belief that you have to go to college to be successful, but the post-recession, still-evolving U.S. economy is testing that conviction. Opponents of â€śeveryone must goâ€ť cite surveys that show 52 percent of college graduates under age 25 are working in jobs that donâ€™t require a four-year degree. Two-thirds of those graduates leave school with an average of $27,000 in student loan debt. There also is the simple math that 70 percent of the working people have nothing more than a high school diploma to show employers, yet they still get a job. That group includes well-known entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Rush Limbaugh, Richard Branson (Virgin Airways), Dave Thomas (Wendyâ€™s restaurants), and David Oreck (Oreck vacuums).
Granted, these are exceptional examples of achievement, but there are many jobs available for people with nothing more than a high school diploma. The average salary for people with a bachelorâ€™s degree is $51,206. Here are five jobs that offer high school graduates a chance to earn more than that, sometimes much more:
With homes and offices increasingly dependent on wiring for all sorts of electronic devices, becoming an electrician is an increasingly prestigious and well-compensated job. The median income has risen to $59,179, according to Salary.com, with the average salary being around $49,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23 percent rise in jobs for electricians between 2010 and 2020. Training is available at some trade schools, but most electricians start with a four-year apprenticeship program that includes class work and on-the-job training to receive a license, which most states require.
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