To Go Uni or Not to Go? REVEALED: Best paid jobs that don’t require a degree.

Monday, June 26th, 2017 - Jobs

Do you really need to go university to get a high earning job? A study reveals the best-paid, non-graduates who are earning over £50,0000 a year.

 A-Level exams are over, and the atmosphere and sentiment for results day is palpable for students everywhere. However, students are urged not to panic, as figures from the world’s biggest job site, Indeed, show many well-paid roles don’t need a degree. Did you know, construction managers typically earn double the national average salary? Nearly a third of graduates, earn less than those who completed an apprenticeship. Management positions, office roles and even pilots, are included in the top paying jobs, for those without a degree.

We are dismissing the myth, that not having a degree is a drawback for gaining a position for a high paying job. Indeed has revealed five non-graduate roles, which each pay more than the UK average wage.

As much as Britain’s best-paid jobs do require a university education, the study revealed an unforeseen and varied number of careers, that don’t. Indeed analysed salaries offered by tens of thousands of job adverts, to identify five roles that are open to non-graduates, which pay substantially more than the average UK yearly salary of £28,000.

At the top of the list expected to earn £53,118 a year, are construction managers – earning double the national average salary. Whilst many construction managers hold a foundation degree or HND, many learn their skills by working their way up the ranks and gaining experience on the job.

Rank Job Title Average Salary
1 Construction Manager £53,118
2 Maintenance Manager £38, 675
3 Fitness Manager £34, 374
4 Executive Assistant £33, 150
5 Pilot £32, 691

Some teenagers may be re-evaluating their decision to go to university after seeing the possibilities for such high salaries. With university fees currently capped at £27,750 for a three -year course, plus high living expenses, the reality is, most graduates will now finish their degree, with a grand total of at least £55,000 debt.

The Indeed findings, echo figures from the Office for National Statistics, which show that nearly a third (29%) of graduates earn less than those who entered work via an apprenticeship rather than a degree. There is also good news for the older non-graduate worker. Government figures show, one in five apprentices is 35 or older, suggesting that many are able to ‘up-skill’ or change career without having to become a mature student.

An apprentice can sometimes stereotypically be seen as a tool-wielding teenager learning a manual trade, however the most common apprentice roles available on Indeed, include positions in business administration, IT support and even social media.

Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at Indeed, comments: ‘’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.”



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