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Don't Waste Your Money: Jobs that pay $50k and don't require degrees

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(Toledo News Now) - Imagine landing a good-paying job, with not very much effort. Then imagine finding that job without having to pay for four years of college. Some jobs that pay $50,000 don't require a degree.

A college degree is getting more expensive every year. That degree no longer promises a high-paying job, meaning that students can now spend decades paying off their student loans.

That's why you may be interested in this: Good paying jobs that don't require a degree.

We've all heard the horror stories of huge college debts and few jobs upon graduation. So Erica Coleman instead decided to study nursing at a technical college.

"Compared to some of the other colleges, it's a huge, huge difference. Thousands of dollars makes a huge difference," said Coleman.

Community colleges and trade schools may not have the prestige of a university, but for a fraction of the cost, they are turning out graduates who are finding good jobs.

"There's great jobs that don't require a four-year degree," said Harry Snyder, a trade school director.

Snyder is workforce development director at a vocational school many collegebound kids don't even consider. He says they should though because there's lots of demand for these students.

"Last week we had some welders start work, and they were making $23 an hour right out of school," said Snyder.

That's $46,000 a year. For example, diesel engine repair is a field where companies are paying top dollar.

"They're about $18 to $20 an hour starting off. About $40,000 a year. You get into overtime, you can make 50, $60,000 a year," said Snyder.

No college degree and still earning $60,000 a year! You just need a year of school, for less than $9,000.

Do you find diesel too messy? How about air conditioning?

"Heating ventilation, air conditioning, talking about the summer heat, those are great jobs right now. And they are looking for technicians as we speak," said Snyder.

The average starting salary is $35,000 and you can work up to $50,000 in a few years.

CNN lists a number of jobs paying $50,000 that don't need a degree, including:

-Dental hygiene

-Nursing

-Radiation therapy

-Police, firefighting, and EMT

-Truck driving

-Elevator repair

-Auto body repair

-Air traffic control

Ashley Pence is studying to be an EMT and is thrilled to be able to help others, and not have huge college debt.

"It's a quick, easy path for me. It works very well financially. It's a lot cheaper than going to a four-year college," said Pence.

Sure, most well-paying jobs require either a degree or several years of training. You can't just graduate high school and land a job as a plumber or air traffic controller. But if you are willing to take the training, you could have a lucrative future ahead of you, and you don't waste your money.

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