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9 Highest Paying Jobs Without A College Degree (2018)

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In this video, we will take a look at 9 different jobs that do not require a four-year college degree! All of the statistics mentioned in this video can be found on bls.gov The cost of attending some of the best schools in America can be upwards of $70,000 PER YEAR (ex: NYU) equating to nearly a quarter million dollars for a bachelors degree. If you are looking to save money on college and get the most "bang for your buck," then you may find this video to be useful. Call Me: https://clarity.fm/nateobrien Take control of your future with this FREE budgeting template: https://goo.gl/P3V2TH Listen to two audio books for FREE by signing up for an Amazon Audible 30 day free trial!!➤➤➤http://amzn.to/2DAuty0 Don't forget to join the Young Investors Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theyounginvestors/ Subscribe for more videos like this: https://www.youtube.com/nateobrien?sub_confirmation=1 Check out my second channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg60QRUSvLZMF4zHv2ajBqA/featured?sub_confirmation=1 Follow me on social media: Snapchat: nateob2 Instagram: nateobrienn DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!
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Nate O'Brien (2 months ago)
What are some other jobs that come to mind? Share your thoughts!
Aunt Tea Gabore (2 days ago)
I am a Purchasing Manager for a major US manufacturer with a 120M dollar spend. I earn 120k base salary + quarterly cash bonuses with a 2.5 times multiplier. I have excellent benefits and 401k. All in all, the entire package is worth about 175-190k per year depending on bonus amounts. I do not have a degree. I worked my way up in manufacturing, starting 23 years ago. My first job in manufacturing was staging tee shirts to be printed, I used a pallet jack and clipboard that had the production schedule on it. I worked my ass off for $6.50 per hour! The plant manager took notice and when there was an opening in the corporate office for a customer service position, he put in a good word for me. Until recently, there havent been degrees available that were applicable to our industry. There are now Procurement, Inventory Control/Supply Chain courses and degrees available. Truthfully, up until now I have not needed a degree. I am however going back to school as the company that I am with reimburses tuition, so I would be an idiot not to do so. I have been extremely successful this far with tribal knowledge that college cannot teach. However, the next level up is a director role. Unfortunately, my not having a degree would prevent me from achieving the next level of success that I deserve. I more then likely could achieve this within the same organization that I currently work for. If I want to venture out, I will be overlooked without the degree despite being extremely qualified for the position. I'm not complaining as I am extremely blessed not to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans and earn an extremely good income. I am blessed to be able to provide a good life and a great example for my children. It is not impossible to make 6 figures in the United States of America without a college degree. It is extremely possible if you are willing to put in the work! I work my ass off! My advice to people is to get into a niche industry and learn. Manufacturing is an industry where tribal knowledge is valuable! It is the kind of place where you can work your way up without a degree. When you make yourself valuable through learning and having a great work ethic and attitude, you will be successful!
Weekend Warrior (5 days ago)
Forty Four you are 100% correct. It’s a hard life and takes lots of sacrifices.
Forty Four (5 days ago)
+Weekend Warrior Good one! But....you work your ass off. You basically are an athlete who plays the most physical game on the planet for 10 hours everyday in the rain heat snow and ice. Dont plan on seeing your kids in the evenings from thanksgiving until christmas either. If you have the physical and mental ability and can work your way up to driver which sometimes takes a decade or more...giddyup! I know a guy who started as a driver in the early 70s. Worked his way up through the ranks buying UPS stock and their preferred stock. Retired a millionaire on paper after 30 years in. Now nearly 70 years old, he gets his knees drained each times his "change oil" light comes on in his car and wears special shoes for the fallen arches he has BUT hes financially set as hell and is quite happy with his life and accomplishments.
Forty Four (5 days ago)
+Advocate of Free Open World Great and interesting job! Pokoda-wala. Fun word to say too. My biotech designed a novel anti-diarrhea medication so thank you! Oh how do i love good street food!
Karisss (5 days ago)
+Advocate of Free Open World yea and u can sell dog meat. dream job
jon smith (12 hours ago)
Work in the trades you make a good living at least in Canada.
Koos Van der Merwe (19 hours ago)
Daytime job: a pirate, night : a stripper. Best jobs ever. No degrees required.
*Self Development Coach?* please comment.
Dawson Kram (1 day ago)
You forgot the jobs that guys are making over 200k with only a high school diploma
stelorel (1 day ago)
...if you’re White.
The crap lord Sell (13 hours ago)
stelorel Shut up
Mike Brown (1 day ago)
You still need some type of trade or specialized training
The crap lord Sell (13 hours ago)
Mike Brown Like what
Fooos (1 day ago)
Yeah I’m not going to college unless it’s only a couple years, if that. I don’t want to be spending years of my life being in debt because of a stupid ass college when I could go make equal too if not more money by not going to college.
John Kellett (2 days ago)
What I'm hearing hear is go to a trade school, or go to a community college.....So where are those jobs you mentioned with no prior college or trade school experience.......What ever happened to "Hello I've been doing this for over 30 years so I have 30 years of experience JOBS......Yeah they don't exist.....
Akuebionwu Darlington (2 days ago)
I'm a refrigeration technician and make up to 70k - 90k a year. I really don't think the 4 year degree is needed to be successful, by the way people like mark, bill gates etc never had degree before they became famously rich.
Marcus White (2 days ago)
RN's can do different fields of work. Much like doctors in fact many roles previously filled by doctors are now handled by rn's. They range from a two year degree to a PhD depending if you want to practice or teach and the type of care you would be giving.
The Boss (2 days ago)
John Doe (2 days ago)
You totally missed the boat here. It's supposed to be about jobs for people who don't have the opportunity to go to college. Most of what you named requires college. Truck driving doesn't require college and you can be at or over 6 figures in the first few years.
slipshot40 (3 days ago)
Tankerman on inland barges, make around 70 the first year
Gaming with GAUTAM (4 days ago)
Being a youtuber don't even requires you to go to school 😂😂 Or being a social media influencer...These two seems hard at the beginning but will really pay you off than any other jobs in future..I can see people making millions of dollar per year only doing doing those two things..
Justin Williams (4 days ago)
Agreed. I am a Geometry teacher, and you are correct, students are pushed to go to college, and I used to push big. I can no longer do this and consider myself to be an ethical person. For those who want to practice law or medicine one day, or teach (lol), a degree is required. Public high schools set up students to fail, they pass all students at all costs and recently made the SAT much, much easier. I know this first hand because my wife recently retook the SAT and made a 1500 after studying for it for just one week. To put it in perspective, I scored higher than her in high school in spite of taking it just once and with a severe hangover. As you can likely sense, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. This means that today, virtually anyone can attend an Ivy League school. I suppose I could be undervaluing the study plan I put together for her, because she said the questions were almost identical to the ones I had her practice with. Maybe I should market it to future doctors? Lol For those who want to ultimately attend college, I advise gaining employment with a company who will provide 100% tuition reimbursement. There are plenty out there.
Patty Saenz (4 days ago)
H-1B visas were granted to foreigners for the last 10 years and is not just the husbands or wives who get visas the entire family, we need to do something a change it is necessary please President Trump my kids with college can’t get jobs but people from India, China, and other countries with college they get offers from big companies from Silicon Valley and San Francisco we cannot longer let yahoo, google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple no wonder why they hate Trump!!
Mark ledesma (4 days ago)
a registered nurse in los angeles with an associate degree can easily make 160k a year, i know of nursing aides making 100k a year.
Mark ledesma (4 days ago)
this was 8 years ago
brandon olivares (4 days ago)
That’s crazy I’m getting a 170k salary as an electric engineer with a 4 year degree
zikimma (5 days ago)
to be an Registered nurse... YOU NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE... i have several relatives who are in the field and you do need a college degree... Thanks
eradicatedsoul (5 days ago)
You’re hot ❤️
Ashley Teal (5 days ago)
You do need a degree to become a register nurse
Bio Hazard (5 days ago)
Work as gigolo?
Al Saves (6 days ago)
As an artist/craftsman for over 40 years the income can be around 100,000 a year, part timers making 50K and some full timers doing over $250,000 a year. No school required, I like many were self taught as work is the teacher and you are self employed as a bonus..
pa omar jallow (6 days ago)
I see a lot of im not good with computers comments, you don’t need to be naturally inclined with computers to go into IT that’s a myth- yes most people who go into the field are geeks and stereotypical nerds but I self studied and passed my ccna and worked in NOC wear I actually thrived and have since moved on to better things and I wouldn’t consider myself good with computers when I was starting. Another myth is you have to be some math wiz and that scares a lot of people away which I blame colleges cuz if you want a computer science degree it’s a million math classes they make you take when in reality you can just get certs for most IT jobs that have very little to no math and make bank. Third they say don’t get into IT cuz tech changes soo much lol I say it just develops and gets better it doesn’t so much change like a whole new things so if you know one thing and the next thing comes out you are still the people who get hired for the job cuz you already have a leg up need to study a few new things since it’s only an upgrade. Only downside you never stop learning which isn’t really a downside but can be for people who just want to get a degree and not have to learn a day in they life again
Joe May (6 days ago)
Lineman with a power company. Six figures easy.
pa omar jallow (6 days ago)
If you are really good at talking to people and you’re smart go into sales especially if you’re young and energetic commission with companies like att Verizon cable and internet providers is very good speaking from experience can make 80 to 100 if really good and even if your average can make 50-60. Fairly easy to get and not even college degree required ps Sales is not for everyone I must add and it’s not a super stable career (example having a degree in a field and experience guarantees you a job almost everywhere you go and within a certain pay grade) sales not soo much
Chaos Clareon (6 days ago)
This video is click bait based off of the fact that he did not list any jobs that you can do WITHOUT A COLLEGE EDUCATION of some sort. There's always the clause of needing some sort of formal or informal training by a type of college or trade school. People want to know what jobs they can do without needing to sign away their life savings for debt. I speak from experience on this. Not only am I working a 27K job right now but it was from a school that told me I would have a 50K plus job within the first year of graduation. It wasn't until I threatened to sue the school that they decided to help me find a job nearly 2 years after I graduated. On top of that, they lied to me about my debt and told me my funds would be taken care of by FAFSA but I still owe them $29K for the "education" they gave me for a job they did not apply me for. On top of that, they are billing me for another course they had me in that turned out to be illegal to teach me because people with records can't be hired in that field. To top it all off, they told me "You will never be doing this certain thing, you don't need that training at all" but then told me "Take this job, you need it!" When they applied me for the job they DIDNT TRAIN ME FOR. Not only are those schools a waste of time and money, they don't offer anything useful. My degree is for Management but I'm doing billing. Was I trained for billing? NO. Do I want to be doing billing? NO. Am I working it because it's hard to find jobs? Yes. Piece of advice for all of you people out there looking for work that pays well. Look into self employment. Find something you are good at and start your own business. Things like FBA or E-commerce are easy to get into and pay well if you know how to do it. You will only need capital to start it. Find a quick job that pays at least minimum and invest in yourself. Not into some company.
Luis Sosa (6 days ago)
Registered nurse with a 2-year degree? yeah right because that one extra year of hard-science prereqs doesn't count. Same for Dental hygienists, physical and/or occupational therapist assistants, radiography, nuclear med. techs they are all 3-year degrees not much different from a 4 year degree, As for electricians, welders, boilermakers, etc you need to start as an apprentice and be part of a union to be licensed, that's a 5 year process where you will be getting paid peanuts till you get licensed in 5 years time. Click-bait
Luis Sosa (6 days ago)
Also, Dental Hygienists have some of the highest suicide rates in the country. the work is dreadful. Learn to Code!
Gsteps (6 days ago)
I used to be a teacher and I hate the idea that everyone should go through college. You should go to college if it’s needed for what you want to do or if you really want to study a certain subject. College is not a magical place to make more money. People care about your skills more than a piece of expensive paper.
AscendedMortal (7 days ago)
I prefer CNC machinist on weekend then focus on passive income and freedom on weekdays. You only work 12 days in 1 month and still make $1,000-$1,200 in 3 days a week with times on your hand to do whatever on the weekdays.
Nate O'Brien (7 days ago)
Love the plan!
Tu Tone (7 days ago)
Yes it happens every day. Money is not the only thing of value that is exchanged. Gold diggers for example. Some get cars, rent, etc.
Nate O'Brien (7 days ago)
Marry a trust fund baby
Tu Tone (7 days ago)
If women got Smart and started charging for that ass instead of giving It up for free, they would be rich bcus they're nothing but hoes out there these days.
Nate O'Brien (7 days ago)
I guess that would be considered prostitution
Alex Nicole (7 days ago)
Let’s get one thing straight -The jobs pay depends on where you live if u want to get more pay move somewhere they pay higher One example is dental hygienists which I’m planing to be I live in Alaska 1 of the top paying places for dental hygienists so your pay can start at 82k and for some places once again for what place you work at they may pay less. You can work up to at most 120k in the span of 10-20 years which means by the time you’re 30-40 you’ll make that much. Compared to an accountant average is 54k to work up to 120k which you need an bachelors. Also with colleges you can find an cheap college and still get the associates degree. If you’re a registered citizen of the state you’re in, the tuition is a lot less. For example my tuition would be 5-7k and if I’m eligible for grants I would be able to take a lot of it off. So my range would guess 10-14k without grants for an associates degree imagine what it would be with grants. Lastly don’t forget taxes just cause your salary says “82k” doesn’t mean you’re actually getting 82k.
Nic Ter (7 days ago)
You totally forgot oil and gas production 100 + And wind energy or renewables 60 to 100 k So there are these other options which are big in USA
Blace Winterfly (7 days ago)
im actually a travel vlogger and i earned 40k a month. without tax. so thank god for gave this kind of opprtunity to me...
Blace Winterfly (7 days ago)
im actually a travel vlogger and i earned 40k a month. without tax. so thank god for gave this kind of opprtunity to me...
Blace Winterfly (7 days ago)
im actually a travel vlogger and i earned 40k a month. without tax. so thank god for gave this kind of opprtunity to me...
Nova (8 days ago)
The big misconception with this is people think you’ll just jump into a job and make a shit ton of money. That’s not the case. You’ll have to work a little bit before you get to that point and it also depends where you work at location wise. For example in NY you get paid more since the tax stamp is so high and you need a 4 year degree to keep your RN license as of 2018. You can get a job as with a 2 year degree but can’t maintain it.
Masha Khalfan (8 days ago)
people if u want a person o care for yur children, sick people ,etc am willing pls informat mevpls
rude man (8 days ago)
The Highest paying job without any degree Women - Prostitute Men - drug dealer
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Murad Ali (8 days ago)
"You don't need a degree to be a clothing hanger"
Omar Zaki Vlogs (8 days ago)
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
cool !
Ricky Spanish (8 days ago)
#1: drug dealer.
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Pablo Escobar
Shawn Miller (8 days ago)
Ups driver top rate at 40 dollars per hr, free medical
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
yes sir!
Landon Vlcek (8 days ago)
Aviation mechanic, pays average of mid to high 60's, two years of trade school it's a good skill in high demand right now
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Very very high demand right now!
DrippyJ215 (8 days ago)
stay in school kids
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Always an option
the joker (8 days ago)
Why no one ever mentions farming?
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Believe it or not, I had my own chicken farm when I was in high school. Sold eggs and meat, almost 200 chickens at a time in my peak farming days. Slim profit margins unless you can sell it as organic or grassfed/free range
M S (8 days ago)
I can see you know absolutely nothing about a paralegal.
Toby Hall (9 days ago)
I know it isn't an insane amount but I'm 19, working as a wholesale parts salesman at a mid-sized car dealership making 45K a year. I have a lot of car knowledge and a decent amount of retail experience. The best advice I can give is to show confidence and be good with people, you can stretch little things a long way.
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
That's a good salary Toby! Keep up the great work!
The Mega Bob (9 days ago)
Watching this after checking my grades
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
OMG I have final exams this week too YIKES
MrDeathprof (10 days ago)
Faerieshimmer (10 days ago)
I am in college and I have Dyscalculia (math learning disability), and I’m horrible with science and history. I want to help people and the only broad human service field I was told was social work. To make a decent amount of money I have to get my master’s. I just have to practice self care. I know I’ll be burnt out eventually but I’ll just have to overcome it. I didn’t like graphic arts after awhile when I was in high school. I don’t see any other options. I looked at the other majors at my school but nothing looks interesting to me and I don’t think I am smart enough to become a psychologist or psychiatrist. :/
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AlexaArtz (11 days ago)
I just want to be happy. College isn't going to do that, I don't want to go to school for 8 years more. I just want my life to be easier than slaving away for years.
AlexaArtz (8 days ago)
+Nate O'Brien I understand where your coming from but where I live, it's terrible, I'm being home schooled now. It was the best thing that happened to me. College might be bearable if I try. 🙂
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
AlexaArtz, I will tell you this, college was the greatest experience of my life. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to in this world. I wish you luck, Nate
Danny Badillo (11 days ago)
My uncle Joesph Badillo was an electrician and made about $57,000 salary.
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Thanks for sharing!
kriztiano10 (11 days ago)
Number 10 be a YouTuber 😂😂😂... respect your hustle tho bro hopefully you make good money off of it... love the videos
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
I make YouTube videos for fun but yeah it's some nice side income! Thanks bro!
Willie Lee (12 days ago)
Wait no memes creaters :/
G’d Up (12 days ago)
Too late I’m almost done w/ my degree:(
Nate O'Brien (8 days ago)
Me too...
Trill TV (12 days ago)
Not to get off topic but whats the beat called at the end
Enrique Flores (12 days ago)
Of course I make180,000 a year
Enrique Flores (12 days ago)
Working in the oil field making 100,000 a year
TJ Parkes (13 days ago)
Def think correctional officer should be on the list, starting pay is 42,000 a year and 12 weeks later it goes up to just under 50,000 a year plus overtime. All you need is a high school diploma and some balls to do the job lol
Akwesi Boachie (14 days ago)
Forgot to add underwater welder
Nate O'Brien (13 days ago)
Big money in that one
How do i get money online as an African.? I tried online jobs but the problem i dont know how to solve the payment method problems... Can one not get online jobs that i do not have to pay anything before joining? Can someone not recieve money using email? I just need help.
Osama Jafar Salama (14 days ago)
All these jobs you listened requires college degree, you might want to change the title and put jobs with a 2 year associates degree.
Luis Sanchez-Abreu (14 days ago)
I have no college degree and work for a medical equipment company. I earned almost 100,000 dollars after bonus and some overtime in a year.
OnlyFps09 (15 days ago)
Do you have any information about sport and exercise science major?
Milot X (17 days ago)
what about IT jobs
Nsubuga Robert (17 days ago)
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Nsubuga Robert (17 days ago)
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Psalm 23 (17 days ago)
Agreed. I have a BS and MBA. I decided to withdraw from a PhD because it doesn't make since to generate all that debt, you might not get a job in the field you like, and then the degree expires after 4 years estimated. It's basically all for nothing. College degrees are nothing but indoctrination of the mind, which is not biblical. I mean, why am I being taught something that has nothing to do with the field Iike.
Masha Khalfan (18 days ago)
am looking for job has households, house keeping, cleaner, child care ,caring for sick a old people pls people am looking for that job
Meredith Benson (18 days ago)
Sadly I'm not smart enough to be in college
Clay White78 (18 days ago)
I hope this isnt fake
Nate O'Brien (17 days ago)
You can fact check these statistics on the BLS website
EM T (19 days ago)
To be registered nurse have to have school.Its not like a CNA
Jacob Williams (19 days ago)
They should have a job that takes no degree and you get paid really well for fixing stuff with duct tape and zip ties
Saima Hussain (22 days ago)
I know one parson who is mother-in-law dog. Now he is rich man in family.
OffRoadLife (22 days ago)
Where my pipeliners at if you want good money and no degree pipeline
Free Will (23 days ago)
Sence your talking about some risk involved, become a bank rober they make big money in just a few minutes💰🤑
#1Prince James (24 days ago)
#1Prince James (24 days ago)
U said u Don't have to have a degree but every job u are talking about is the opposite of the video u put on 🔍
Little Land Of Lesha (24 days ago)
An associates degree is never just 2 years to get your nursing. It's actually 3 because of the prerequisites for that school and the program itself
Steve Walther (26 days ago)
Garbage guy....pays $70,000 a year and no school at all.
Steve Walther (26 days ago)
Technical school is still college and provide degrees.
Auspin spa Massage (26 days ago)
You fucked got to do massage therapists essays so she’s degree and you’ll make about $30-$38,000 a year
CodiganKelly1983 (29 days ago)
I know someone that has a master's degree in business administration.... they work at Walmart and hate their job.
Marcial Garcia (29 days ago)
What about plumbing?
Marcial Garcia (18 days ago)
Samuel Jackson but my brother is a plumber and he just went to high school 🙄
Matt Gage (29 days ago)
I can't believe you don't have UPS package car drivers as one of your top 10. $80,000-$100,000 a year plus $1,800.00 a month pension PLUS $1,700.00 in benifits that we don't even pay for. A total pay package around $140,000 a year. NO COLLEGE DEGREE!
Perich29 (29 days ago)
I wished that he visit our high school and talk to all of us, weather it's in assembly or over the loud speakers.
Diego Trejo (1 month ago)
Why apply for a job when you can learn a skill from listening and looking up to mentors who have what you want I trade in the foreign exchange market and crypto and dropped out of college in my first year since I decided to learn more about trading and now I have much more knowledge and it has become my main income and keeps on growing
Roy Rezek (1 month ago)
Men go into a Union Apprenticeship. Pipefitter Electrician Ironworker Elevator Carpenter. Constuction management ....
Roy Rezek (1 month ago)
Unions 60000 to 120000 per yr. 401k pension
Roy Rezek (1 month ago)
I have a paper route and make 33 dollars a week.
Hippy(Bboomer) (1 month ago)
Auto Mechanics make good money, AND they are never out of work. Good times, people take care of their cars. BAD times, people keep their older cars.. and there are other related areas that you can earn a living at. Partsman .. Sales rep.. it's a good field, but to be the best, you need to keep abreast of the times.. My mechanic takes 2 to 4 courses a year.. and is no doubt one of the best in town.. Ex army, red neck type, but smart as they come
Hippy(Bboomer) (1 month ago)
MINERS make great money.. Underground is great too.. you don't get scorched by the sun and you don't freeze in the wintertime.. That said, good to do first year Physics and Geology.. First year Chem is good too. Open pit mining is good.. and they make good dough.. also repairing mining equipment .. and operators get good money. a 60 r driller in an open pit mine will make six figures... but to REALLY do good, you gotta like what you are doing..
Marcus Bryan (1 month ago)
how much do mangers at Wal-Mart make? General and store owner?
victor lopez cruz (1 month ago)
What about a Youtuber????
William (1 month ago)
Truck driver. I net 127k on a bad year. 142k this year
Rod Merrell (19 days ago)
Are you an O/O?
Nate O'Brien (1 month ago)
That's great!
Charlotte Jane Perez (1 month ago)
You need to go to college or university to be a registered nurse. You’re probably talking about nursing assistants or orderlies. However, they still need to take some courses to work in the hospital settings. Please know your facts.
DizzyDirtyWhiteBoy (1 month ago)
I am a telemarketer and make 2k a week. So u can make over 100k and be stupid is the point of my comment.
DizzyDirtyWhiteBoy (6 days ago)
+Fred Rick and I gave you an answer
Fred Rick (6 days ago)
+DizzyDirtyWhiteBoy You a Big fool, All I ask was just a question...
DizzyDirtyWhiteBoy (6 days ago)
+Fred Rick that dude making more money then you.
Fred Rick (6 days ago)
Who is a telemarketer?
Nate O'Brien (1 month ago)
I love it
Forty Four (1 month ago)
Not that it matters but I will end this year right around $160k working at a biotech. I have a GED with zero degrees. How did I get here? It was hard as hell....would have been just as hard with a college degree. I still had to put in the extra hours and still had to do the shit work for years. In my industry, not having the paper means there is a glass ceiling BUT I accept that and live a very happy life now that my experience and accomplishments have gotten to the point where it has real value. Some people claim its ALL about hard work and thats not really true. You need some luck and you need to make the right decision to find and accept a job you genuinely like. You should not dislike Mondays or dislike your job. If you do, then find another one. Try different stuff until you get lucky and land a job you dont dred. then stick with and learn learn learn and volunteer without being a brown noser of course. Sort of odd at times that employees that have bachelors and wild amounts of school come to my GED having ass for answers on a daily basis. My first job in this market paid me a salary of $2,000 per month. Talk about crappy pay! Thing is I LIKED it. I was surrounded by highly intelligent people and I soaked up everything like a sponge. I studied anatomy in my spare time and treated the job like college basically. I had no intention of getting rich with money but instead gained enormous knowledge of the anatomy and market in this field. I was willing to allow my finances to be strained to the max but I had to do my time at the bottom and be gracefull and humble doing it. The most surprising is how fast I rose. I would have guessed it would have taken 10 years to get to my First $100k year when I first started out making $24,000. 5 short years is all it took. The jobs are out there you just have to find one you can like.
Forty Four (5 days ago)
+Fred Rick Absolutely! Good luck! Its cool to see others like yourself watching and listening to others to learn. I love the PASSION! Its the key ingredient that you cant train....you obviously have the fire needed to be an ass kicker. You are in a great field that only stands to grow. I dont know youtube real well but if there is someway to privately contact me, do it if you want to know where I work exactly. we always have openings.
Fred Rick (5 days ago)
+Forty Four Wow, Thank you so much for your time, and I appreciate the Advice 👍
Forty Four (5 days ago)
+Fred Rick Ive developed a stupid nickname here that deep down I kind of like but will not admit ..."the cleaner". I started here doing one specific job unskilled in compliance. Its hard for me to tell you what I do each day without giving away what I do. I have to be carefull because the 1 in a million chance someone from my work recognizing me. I guess I can say I started doing one specific thing and found myself branching out and helping with other things outside of my job title. At the time, this company was a startup so they kind of encouraged helping out where ever one could. I would walk back to the lab and give blood for testing and trials and while there ask questions and offer my help. I would go back to shipping and help put Fed Exs together when we were heavy. I would ask the sales department what I could do to help. I always was getting my shit done and then finding anything I could do. I was willing to clean a toilet if needed. It wasnt long before some departments started actually "looking" for me to help out in situations. Eventually the top people started getting wind and were appreciative. When it really took off for me is when I started answering incoming phone calls and turning complaints into sales. With all my knowledge of our outfit and our products, selling it came easy. I got lucky a few times and set up some extraordinary sales. I found myself being moved into sales reporting to the national sales manager. I then made a huge leap in salary and overlapped the entire division from the inside. I took over or filled in territories when account managers left or got fired. I also helped out all the reps in the field assisting them with the technicals of our products and their sales activities. To this day I still do these same things each day but just alot more of it as we have grown tremendously. I get flow through from all sales, a salary plus commissions. I found I liked to be the jack of all trades and sort of a go to guy for just about anything and this company finds that to be valuable. They are willing to pay me for it which is a true blessing! I work from home now and travel maybe 3-4 times per year all paid of course. So yes, officially I took a path into "sales" even though its alot more than that. Without a degree, I would never be a lead scientist or an HR leader....sales is where I knew I could direct my focus using all I learned and be able to make what in my mind was "bank". It was the only place in the company I could make more than $75k without "the paper". But see, I got lucky to have been in a place where I could prove myself to even get to the point to have a shot at making the money I do. At the core of my day is sales but its not 100% of my day....its more like 50% and the rest is training doctors, helping reps etc. You have a degree which makes you GOLDEN. You can stay specific and make a great living or if you get antsy you can branch out once you are in. I will say finding a startup to work for is the way to go....somewhere small that has big dreams. Find a place that has some fire to dominate their arena. Its not for everyone though because with the promise of high reward comes high risk. Startups close and fail all the time. But.....if you are full of fire yourself you can contribute to the task and lower the "risk" part of that saying for your company. I just went way off subject but this kind of gives you the reasons I do what I do and a little background on the path Ive taken and am still currently taking. I love it and wouldnt want to be anywhere else!!!
Fred Rick (6 days ago)
Wow! This is crazy, you're definitely an inspiration to anyone who reads your comment......You said you work at a Biotech company, please can you tell me what is your day to day activity and what are the things you did over the years for you to start making an outstanding $160k a year, Because currently I'm about to graduate as a "Biomedical Technician" it's a 2year program and I heard these individuals work at Biotech companies and hospitals...

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