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What are the highest paying careers that don’t require a university degree?

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A university degree was once the golden ticket to a high-paying, rewarding career.

How times have changed! Over the past few decades, university has become far more accessible, which has resulted in an oversupply of graduates – and ultimately reduced the value of a university education.

And that means uni degrees are no longer the be-all and end-all when it comes to getting a high-paying career – not by a long shot.

Illustrating this, the world’s largest job-search board Indeed recently released a list of the 22 highest paying jobs that typically don’t require a university degree.

However, many of these careers do call for vocational training, which can equip you with the practical skills and real-world experience needed to make you a very desirable candidate.

So without further ado, here’s just some of the highest paying jobs in Australia that you don’t need a uni degree for:

Managers – up to $229,000

It probably comes as little surprise that management is where you can really earn the big money. And in industries ranging from construction and farming to fitness and hospitality, the higher you go up the ladder, the stronger your earning power.

The good news is that excellent management skills often come from good, old-fashioned experience – and that’s something university theory can’t teach you.

Want to learn more? Check out the courses we offer in our TSA College of Business, Leadership and Management.

Pilot – up to $165,000

You might be surprised to learn that pilots don’t need a university degree.

Instead, they need to pass a series of exams regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and clock up at least 200 hours in the sky before they can obtain their commercial pilot’s licence.

And if they want to work for a passenger airline, there are even more rigorous requirements to land their air transport pilot’s licence – but still no university degree in sight.

Senior care worker – up to $132,000

Thanks in part to an ageing population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the caring industries have experienced huge jobs growth in Australia in recent years, with aged care job vacancies more than doubling year-on-year.

And like any industry, managers always enjoy greater earning power. In fact, according to jobs board Adzuna, managerial roles in the aged care sector can even command up to $220,000.

Adzuna also reports that the number of managerial roles that offer six figures or more is rising. So if you’re compassionate, patient and have excellent leadership skills, this might be the career for you.

Find out more about how TrainSmart Australia can help you start your career in the community services industry.

Beauty consultant – up to $116,000

The role of a beauty consultant can be incredibly varied: they may help with the general running of a beauty salon, as well as providing assistance to beauticians, cosmetologists and hairdressers in the treatment of clients.

There are no formal requirements to become a beauty consultant – but a strong foundation of knowledge and experience gained from a top vocational course is invaluable when it comes to achieving that senior role.

Want to find out more about a career in beauty? Our TSA College of Beauty Therapy can help.

Bookkeeper – up to $101,000

Bookkeepers provide an essential service to many businesses, processing and recording transactions, establishing accounts, ensuring legal compliance and providing financial statements.

While bookkeepers differ from accountants, roles in this field are in high demand – and will continue to be in the foreseeable future.

Find out more about how TrainSmart Australia can help you launch your career in bookkeeping and accounting.

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