Society has taught us that professional success is directly proportional to how many degrees, certificates, and diplomas we possess. Graduating high school works-if you want to live in your parents' basement. But to actually make something of yourself, you need some sort of advanced education. Then again, bachelor degrees are common now; if you really want to stand out you should probably go to graduate school. But even then … You get the point. But what if success wasn't that complicated? What if you could avoid all those late-night cram sessions, that $100,000 worth of student debt, or that dreaded freshman fifteen (or twenty or thirty), and still bring home the bacon? Well you can. These eight degree-optional jobs with massive earning potential prove that you can make bank without that four-year education-if you're the best of the best, that is.
When you think about it, being responsible for a human being is a tough task, but for $180,000, most people would be more than willing to practically raise your kids. A recent New York Times article revealed that one super nanny, the cream of the NY crop, makes this salary, plus a Christmas bonus and a $3,000-a-month apartment allowance. Not too bad for a glorified babysitter, huh?
Did you walk your family dog as one of your daily or weekly chores when you were younger? If the answer is yes, then you're already well qualified for this job. Although it might not seem that lucrative, walking dozens of dogs on a regular basis can make you some serious cash; one man walks away with $100,000 every year. A job where you can play with cute puppies all day and still make a ton of money? Sold.
This job comes with lots of catcalls and pickup lines from drunk, dirty old men, but the potential to make this salary might make that worth ignoring. Not all bartenders are equal-working in a hotel bar will get you steady hourly pay, plus generous tips from your wealthy patrons. While not common, making $100,000 a year is possible, especially in large cities, and surely you'll have some interesting stories to tell.
For those who love themselves a good work out, coaching others through the process might seem like a pretty sweet deal-especially when you can make $100,000 a year doing it. Of course, you're going to have to put up with some real charmers; most people who need trainers aren't exactly in tip-top shape, and they won't be too happy with you when you force them to keep running (think Biggest Loser-style temper tantrums).
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