High Paying Jobs Requiring Little to No Work Experience

Posted on August 4, 2014 by Doug Crawford, Job Applications.com

Infographic Reveals High Paying Jobs Requiring Little to No Work Experience

Although the job market shows only a little relief in terms of increasing employment over the last four or five years, job seekers – both unemployed and those looking to change employers – may find work in a variety of industries with little-to-no experience or academic certifications necessary.

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General Unemployment Information
In the United States, over 12 million people are currently unemployed. Of those, roughly 4.7 million have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks. There are a lot of different reasons people become unemployed: temp jobs end, positions become obsolete, people leave jobs for new opportunities, downsizing; and there are probably many more reasons that could be added to that list. A lot of times, unemployed workers end up taking part-time jobs just to make ends meet, despite sometimes having college degrees or years of experience in a given field.

Well-Paying Options for the Unemployed
However, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, several fields hire inexperienced workers with or without degrees into high-paying jobs, even in a recessive economy. Unemployed workers often find employment opportunities in high concentrations in densely populated regions of the country. Available job titles requiring little experience and few or no academic qualifications include occupations ranging from nuclear power reactor operator and power distributor to elevator repairer or loan officer. More than 10,000 jobs in multiple well-paying fields currently stand available, and several thousand more opportunities in these areas are expected to open in the coming years.

Administrative Service Manager: Workers in administrative service manager positions should expect nearly 100,000 jobs to become available in the field over the next decade. Median salary options for the entry-level position sit at $86,000 a year. Job seekers find the most luck looking for administrative service manager jobs in states like Maryland, Massachusetts, Idaho, Georgia, and Washington D.C.

Nuclear Power Reactor Operator: A position you might think would require extensive experience and training, nuclear power reactor operator jobs actually require no degree or long-standing work history. Median pay scales hover around $77,000 per year, with an estimated 6,200 opportunities becoming available in the coming years. Look for this kind of work in areas with large power needs, such as California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

Elevator Installer and Repairer: Earning a substantial median annual salary of $73,500, elevator installer and repairer positions require no degree and little experience. Around 20,000 elevator installers and repairers already enjoy gainful employment in the U.S., with an estimated 8,000 more jobs opening in the field by 2020. Cities with big skylines are the obvious first place to look, but job seekers may also find elevator installer and repairer jobs in states like Hawaii, Maryland, Connecticut, and Nevada.

Power Distributor and Dispatcher: While power distribution jobs may seem like a big city profession, some of the best places to find work in the field consist of states where ready access to power is limited. The best places to find power distributor and dispatcher jobs include Idaho, West Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Look for roughly 3,600 jobs to become available in the power field within the next five to 10 years. Median annual salary options for the position are excellent ($73,000 a year) considering you don’t need a degree or tons of experience.

Loan Officer: The position of loan officer is an extremely hidden gem to workers without degrees or extensive employment histories. Loan officers make median salaries of almost $68,000 per year, which is great with an estimated 116,000 jobs in the field expected to open between 2010 and 2020. And, believe it or not, the best states to find work as loan officers are South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, and Arizona.

Power Plant Operator: Another power industry position on the list requiring little or no experience and no college degree, power plant operator jobs pay around $65,000 in median annual salary and are extremely abundant in states with unique power needs. Try Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, Vermont, and Alabama as areas with the most opportunities, or states like California, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, and Delaware for the highest pay scales.

Other Lucrative Positions Requiring No Formal Degrees or Experience:

  • Postmaster and Mail Superintendent
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Claim Adjuster/Examiner/Investigator
  • Gas Plant Operator
  • Electrical Power Line Installer/Repairer
  • Insurance Appraiser/Adjuster

Job OutlookWhile holding a degree or working in a specific field for a long period of time may have very obvious benefits, there is hope for individuals out of work looking to make more than they have been earning. With the market expected to grow in the future in a number of fields, applicants have more opportunities than ever to take advantage of positions featuring salary rates above the living wage, which means no more late hours at part-time jobs you don’t want to work and a better life for you and yours.

OccupationNational Median Annual WageProjected Job Openings 2010-2020Estimated Current EmploymentHighest Paying States (High to Low)Highest Employment Concentration Level
Administrative Services Managers$86,72099,800249,600NY, NJ, RI, DE, MADC, MD, MA, ID, GA
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators$77,5502,0006,240CA, NY, FL, NJ, TNNJ, NY, PA, CA, FL
Elevator Installers &Repairers$73,5608,20020,440MA, CA, NV, CT, HIMD, NY, HI, NJ, NV
Power Distributers & Dispatchers$72,3603,60011,600WA, NV, NY, ID, ORID, LA, AK, WV, WY
Loan Officers$67,960115,200284,530NY, MA, WA, CA, DCUT, ID, SD, AZ, NE
Power Plant Operator$64,42014,40039,980CA, WA, HI, NV, DEAK, WY, ND, VT, AL
Postmaster & Mail Superintendents$62,0804,80024,410FL, NJ, RI, MA, CTWV, VT, ND, SD, MT
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail & Farm Products$61,28091,200274,540DC, VA, NJ, MD, DEDC, VA, WA, MI, AL
Claims Adjusters, Examiners & Investigators$61,11079,900263,810LA, DC, AK, NJ, CTME, NE, CT, OK, MD
Gas Plant Operators$59,8704,50011,750WI, AK, NY, ND, CAWY, LA, OK, CO, TX
Electrical Power-Line Installers & Repairers$59,45052,700105,570CA, AK, OR, NJ, HISD, AL, ND, MS, MT
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage$59,0802,70010,950AL, CT, TX, HI, NYAL, MA, SD, KS, GA

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