High-paying jobs with short-term training

Updated July 18, 2017

Even if you didn’t go to college, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in a low-paying job. According to Career Builder, “While the educational requirements for many good jobs have risen, many occupations still don’t require a four-year degree.” However, some of these jobs require vocational training and/or on-the-job training.


If you are good with math and did well in geometry in high school, you may want to consider plumbing as a possible career path. According College Board, “Government economists expect job growth for plumbers to be faster than the average for all careers through 2018. Plus, many experienced plumbers will likely retire in the coming years.”

Information Technology

It should come as no surprise that the high-tech industry is growing. A variety of careers in information technology are expected to be in high demand in the coming years. Not only do companies need high-performing programmers, they also need desktop techs to maintain databases and troubleshoot errors to keep everything running smoothly.

Dental Hygienist

It seems like every year this job makes the list for being an area of future growth. Some of the perks of this position include the flexibility of the hours and the high salaries that have been reported. According to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Median annual wages of dental hygienists were £43,270 in May 2008. The middle 50 per cent earned between £35,893 and £51,343. The lowest 10 per cent earned less than £28,717, and the highest 10 per cent earned more than £59,455.

Real Estate Agent

Becoming a real estate agent requires on the job experience and a high school diploma. The field is expected to have steady growth in the coming years and if you have a pleasant personality, are ambitious, hardworking, and don’t mind working an untraditional work week then this career may be a good fit for you. According to, “Most real estate workers do not work a standard, 9-to-5 workweek. In fact, agents and brokers often work more than 40 hours per week. Evening and weekend work is common to accommodate their clients' needs.

Clinical Lab Technician

Clinical lab techs usually require either a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree. Typically, Clinical lab techs work in hospitals and perform basic medical tests. Growth is expected to increase in the coming years and the salaries are equally attractive: median salaries hover around £32,500 per year as of 2010.

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T.R. Cotter is a novelist and poet living in Kentucky. She received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has published a variety of articles in both print and online journals.