It’s no surprise that doctors make a lot of money.
Depending on the type of medicine they practiced, doctors made an average of $85,000 to $261,730 a year in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We found nine jobs that, if everything goes right, can earn people a doctor’s salary without requiring a college degree.
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There are a handful of jobs that pay a doctor’s salary or more to people without college degrees.
Salary: $174,870 (annual average salary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Job requirements: John Cox, a retired US Airways captain and aviation safety consultant, told USA Today in 2016 that you don’t always need a degree to be an airline pilot. Some airlines require it while others don’t.
Cox recommends getting a degree because it will give you more job opportunities. For example, Delta requires its pilots to have a degree, and while Jet Blue does not, its website says that it prefers pilot candidates who do.
Some international airlines like Emirates and British Airways don’t require bachelor’s degrees for their pilots.
Salary: $120,140 (annual average salary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Job requirements: According to the Federal Aviation Administration, applicants can apply with “three years of progressively responsible work experience” in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
Salary: $149,000* (top earner’s annual salary from PayScale)
Job requirements: A 2020 study by Guidant Financial suggests that 30% of small business owners have a high school degree or GED. In 2017, a SurveyMonkey study found that the number of small-business owners with a high-school education is actually higher than the number with college degrees.
Salary: $95,800 (annual average salary of Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Some make considerably more than that — Holly Johnson, makes more than $200,000 annually and that doesn’t even include the income from her blog, ClubThrifty.com, she told Forbes in 2016.
Job requirements: Business Insider previously spoke with three freelancers who make more than $100,000 a year, including Katherine Gustafson, founder of All the Freelance Women, Bizzy Coy, a copywriter and consultant, and Jen A. Miller, a content marketer.
They say being proactive about finding work and having confidence in your work are hugely important to success in freelance.
Salary:$193,850 (annual average salary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Job requirements: Gradually moving up in a company can eventually lead to a CEO position for companies like Google and Hilton, who have dropped “college degree” from their hiring requirements, Glassdoor reported in 2020.
Large commercial farmer
Salary: $192,500 (average net cash farm income for a specialty crop farmer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Job requirements: To become any kind of farmer, you typically need a high school diploma or GED and experience working in the field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
One-off events can pay up to $1,000 per day while mobile bodyguards can make up to $800,000 a year (Vanity Fair reported in 2016)
Job requirements: Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma or GED, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
In 2017, Business Insider spoke to three bodyguards from the firm Intelligent Protection, a U.K.-based firm that deploys bodyguards for billionaires, celebrities, executives, and other notable people around the world.
They said that the effectiveness of a bodyguard comes more from their communication skills than their size.
Salary: $320,000 (average salary for the North American League of Legends Championship Series’ 50 starting players in 2018 per Bloomberg)
Forbes reported that the top gamer of 2019, Tyler Blevins, made $17 million.
Job requirements: Unsurprisingly, to be a pro gamer, you have to be good at video games. Entrepreneur published an op-ed by Mujahid Rupani, co-founder and CEO of a gaming company called Cbox gaming, in 2018.
In the article, Rupani said being a pro gamer takes killer reflexes and hand-eye coordination, as well as in-depth knowledge of the game they’re playing, practicing at least 12 hours each day.
Nuclear power operator
Salary: $100,990 (annual average salary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Job requirements: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that most power plant operators need a high-school diploma combined with on-the-job training.