6 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require an Advanced Degree

Finding high-paying jobs isn't easy in today's economy. However, here are six career fields that offer six-figure salaries without requiring an advanced degree.

Jan 18, 2014 at 1:42PM

With more than 74,000 new jobs added in December the "Employment Situation" is improving -- but not nearly at the rate anyone was hoping to see. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is still teetering in the high 6% range, with more than 10 million unemployed.

While in many fields, the picture is still bleak, that doesn't mean there isn't ample opportunity in today's marketplace. Unfortunately, however, many of those high-paying opportunities are in career fields requiring advanced degrees. In fact -- according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- 14 of the top 20 highest paying occupations require an advanced degree -- and many of them require a doctorate degree.

On the bright side, though, that leaves six exciting and high-paying occupations that won't require extra years of study and more expensive student loans.

These jobs are competitive and demanding, they do require a Bachelor's degree in specific fields, and in many cases, they require specialized certifications. However, for those of you determined to find a new career, energized by the idea of a competitive work environment, and enthusiastic about earning six-figure salaries, well then, you've come to the right place.

In the slideshow below, I've identified six of the highest-paying jobs that don't require an advanced degree.

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

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