Best paid jobs you don’t need a degree for

27 June 2017

As sixth-formers start a long summer waiting for A-level results, wondering whether all that hard work has paid off, new analysis from recruitment site Indeed shows that you don’t need to go to university and get a degree to earn decent money.

Indeed analysed tens of thousands of job adverts on its site to identify jobs with attractive salaries that don’t need a degree.

The top five jobs were:

1. Construction manager: average salary £53,118

2. Maintenance manager: average salary £38,675

3. Fitness manager: average salary £34,374

4. Executive assistant: average salary £33,150

5. Pilot: average salary £32,691

The company says that the figures should encourage sixth formers to consider whether a university education is the only way to earn a good wage.

After shelling out £27,750 in tuition fees for a three-year course, Indeed says that once living expenses are included the average degree is likely to cost students in the region of £55,000.

This also echoes ONS data which shows that almost a third of all graduates (29%), end up earning less than those who entered work via an apprenticeship scheme.

Today apprenticeships are not limited to manual work. The most common apprenticeships featuring on Indeed include roles in business administration, social media and IT support.

‘There is still a graduate premium’

Mariano Mamertino, economist at Indeed says: ‘’This data proves that choosing not to go onto university does not automatically mean a lower salary. Although all the roles in our list do require some form of training, they don’t require a degree.

‘’Our figures suggest there is still a ‘graduate premium’, with graduates frequently earning more than those without a degree. But while having a degree typically increases your earning potential, the cost of gaining one is substantial. As a result many school-leavers will be asking themselves whether the sums of doing a degree add up.

‘’Our research should reassure parents and teenagers at the end of exam season that there are numerous routes into study and employment, as apprenticeships look set to play a bigger role in the British labour market.”


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I sometimes wonder why we need universities or undergraduate degrees at all. They have become hugely expensive and highly inefficient organisations for imparting knowledge and developing critical faculties at this level in education. Furthermore they load students with huge debts for relatively little advantage.I have four degrees, and went to two universities. However, two of my professions (medicine and law) started out using apprenticeship models incorporating university courses and degrees about 150 years ago. Most higher qualifications in these fields ( as opposed to higher degrees which are research based) are still earned using in service training, private study and distance learning. The same is true of many other professions as well.Distance learning on a wide scale took off with the London University external degree courses and then the Open University provided a practical and much cheaper solution which avoids financial dependence in the students (who study and work at the same time) and debts due to maintenance costs.Surely we need to educate what the workforce needs, instead of allowing large numbers of young people to have a three year long " lifestyle experience" which in all too many cases is utterly unrelated to what they end up doing when employed. The mantra of education is good for its own sake is not suited to a world where between a third and a half of the population expects this type of education.

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