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10 High Paying Careers You Don’t Need a University Degree to Start

I studied petroleum engineering from the university but I’ve never earned income directly with my university degree. As a matter of fact, I make a living today using self developed skills, some of which I’ll be sharing with you today.

Academic qualification or lack of it should not be an excuse to be unproductive. There are numerous opportunities out there waiting for the people with the right skill to grab them.

So Today, I share with you 10 high paying careers you don’t need a university degree to start. If you have the interest and resolve to develop any or a combination of the needed skills, you can make a fortune from these careers. But you must know that there are no guarantees. So you have to put in the effort, and keep learning.

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  • Writing Career

If you have the ability to communicate through writing, you can build a career and even a business from it. Communication, whether written or spoke, is one of the most important skills you should have. You can start a blog, get a writing job, offer freelance writing services without needing to present a university degree. If you continue developing your writing skill, you will continue to earn more. Most people won’t make a fortune right away, but it’s certainly possible to get well paid from writing.

  • Video Editing and Production

You are watching a video right now. There are millions of videos on YouTube. You don’t need a university degree to create these videos. You just need to learn how to use available software applications. You can build a high paying career or even a successful business with your video production skill.

  • Photography and graphic design

I had to put photography and graphic design into one category, because they go hand in hand. Like video production and editing, photographers and graphic designers are always needed. Recently, a Nigerian photographer, Kasope posted his alluring photos of Mercedes Benz on Twitter. The automaker was impressed with his work and accepted to offer him a job on his request.

With Instagram and other social media platform, people and organizations want to promote their brands with stunning images. There will always be need for graphic designers. And depending on your skill level and positioning, you can earn substantial among while at it.

  • Voice Artist

If you have a good voice, like the one you are listening to right now, you can build a career from it. From radio presenting, jingles, video animation and narration, there is a continuous need for voice over artists. Even if you have an accent, there is a market for voice artists with an accent. You don’t need a university degree to build a career or business in this niche. But you will do better if you continue developing your skill.

  • Software Programmer

Again, you don’t need a university degree to build a career as a software programmer. The world is increasingly drifting towards technology driven economies. And software programmers are in ever increasing need. There are lots of free and affordable online materials to help you learn different programming language. With the passion, determination and understanding of where the industry is headed, you can make a fortune as a software programmer.

  • Web and mobile App Developer

Web developers are programmers focused on web based technologies while mobile app developers build mobile applications. You don’t need a university degree to start a career as a web or mobile developer. What you need is practical knowledge and learning while doing. If you get good at what you do, you can either work for a company or start your own tech business.

  • Digital Marketing

With the numerous marketing tools and online courses available, you can start off your digital marketing career without a university degree. You don’t have to know everything about digital marketing. As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to know everything about digital marketing because it keeps evolving by the season. Companies now allocate a significant part of their marketing budget to digital channels; from social media, display advertising to video marketing. If you can demonstrate skill and knowledge in this space, you can start off a rewarding career as a digital marketer.

  • Start a Small Business/Entrepreneur

In most countries in the world anyone with an idea can start a business. The interesting thing is that you can start and build a business with any of the skills and careers mentioned in this video. You don’t need an MBA or any other university degree to start. With the idea, the desire and the persistence to make it work, every other thing you need will follow. The interesting thing about this is that you don’t even need to have the core skill to start the business. Jack Ma founded one of the most successful tech companies today, Alibaba. But he claims that all he understands about technology is sending and receiving emails. If you are good at identifying and leverage available skills and talents in the market place, you can start and grow a business.

  • Start an AgriBusiness

Agriculture has gone far beyond the images of poor and overworked farmers with crude tools on a rural farm. Agriculture is big business today. It’s not just the food industry that depends on agribusiness. The manufacturing, processing, Pharmaceutical and several other industries, depend on agriculture for a wide range of raw materials. You don’t need a university degree to start an agribusiness. You only need requisite training to start on a small scale.

  • Become an Professional Driver

In my many rides with Uber drivers, more than 80% of them confirm to be earning a lot more than they were from their previous job. You only need driving skill, a drivers license and a car to start. How much you make will depend on the demand and the time you commit to the job.

Many careers that have the potential to pay you high income do not require a four or five-year university degree. The examples listed here are just a few of the alternative careers to consider. How much you’ll earn will depend on your experience, training, and physical location, but with persistence you can earn above average income. Which of these careers interest you the most? Let us know in the comment section. If you found this video insightful, we’ll appreciate if you thumb up and share with someone. If you are yet to subscribe to our channel, this is likely a good time to subscribe. Until next time, YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!

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