Another top paying job not requiring a degree is ethical hacker, a position involving probing a company’s cyber security framework. Project manager and oil rig operative roles can also offer tens of thousands of pounds more than graduate roles.
Commercial pilot apprenticeships are available for those without a degree and can lead to lucrative careers, Adzuna said, though the substantial flight school costs needed for this career may rule this out for many.
Meanwhile food safety inspector roles command average salaries of £48,003. While they require specialist food safety certifications, they do not necessarily require a degree.
Adzuna’s Andrew Hunter said: “This is a year of financial opportunity for degree-less jobseekers. For many roles, self-taught skills are more important than a formal education, particularly in soaring sectors like IT and trade and construction.
“As more high paying careers open up to school-leavers, the hefty price tag that comes with further education is weighing heavier and we expect more jobseekers to choose the non-academic route. Degree-less workers are a vital segment of the labor market that more employers are looking to utilize.”
As reported by Telegraph Money, it is not only having a degree that usually increases earnings. The type of degree and the grade can have a big effect. Graduates earn just £23,832, some £1,168 less than the average non-graduate salary, according to jobs website Adzuna. Graduates with film degrees earn £24,878 on average, philosophy graduates £25,428, English language graduates £26,143 and criminology graduates £26,311.
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