Attention high school seniors. If you're looking for a career that you don't need to go to college for and make some good money, plenty of professions allow you to do just that.

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Listen, college today is expensive. When I went it was expensive and I am seeing what schools are costing now and their not cheap. So, if you are going to be a graduating senior or someone looking for a new career, these are the highest-paying jobs in Missouri you can get without going to college.


Ok, there is some vocational training and programs that allow you to be an apprentice but for the most part, you do not have to get a college degree to become an electrical. Depending on what part of Missouri you live in, an electrician can make anywhere from $43k to $74k a year.


Same as electricians, there are vocational and apprenticeship opportunities to learn the crafts, but no degree is required. On average, plumbers make $32.92 an hour according to ZipRecruiter.

As of Jan 22, 2024, the average hourly pay for a Master Plumber in Missouri is $32.92 an hour. While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $58.17 and as low as $5.64, the majority of Master Plumber salaries currently range between $27.74 (25th percentile) to $41.73 (75th percentile) in Missouri.


Air Traffic Controllers

Now this sounds like an interesting and fun, but I am sure stressful job. Air Traffic Controllers' main job is to control the safety of all aircraft. Someone interested in this career would need to complete vocational training. On average, Air Traffic controllers make $74,000 to $143,000 a year according to Career Explorer.

Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents

If my radio career ever goes away this is my backup. I loved looking at houses when we were buying our new home and it was something I think I could be good at. You do have to have a high school di[olma and go through state-required training to receive your real estate license, but if you are successful you can make some really good money. Since this career is based on commissions the more you hussle the more you make. ZipRecruiter puts this average salary for a real estate agent in Missouri as low as $26,000 and up to $140,000.

So, don't get discouraged if you don't get into the school you want or need to explain to your parents that you don't want to go to college. There are plenty of high-paying careers that you can choose from.

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