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Highest paying jobs that you don’t need a qualification for – and you could get up to £90,000 a year

TOP jobs paying high wages don’t always require a formal education.

Job site Adzuna has listed 20 roles that don’t require a university education and pay more than the average UK annual salary of £33,000.


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Some of them even pay a whopping £90,000 a year, and for many positions “knowledge and skills are far more important than formal education”, according to Andrew Hunter, the co-founder of Adzuna.

The job with the highest annual salary which pays workers up to £90,000 a year is the role of casino gaming manager.

Andrew said: “A university degree is no longer the only ticket to a high paying career, as more industries look to expand their talent pools to a more diverse range of applicants and offer on the job training.

“The IT sector is a good example of this, boasting many high paying roles like scrum master, ethical hacker, and software developer open to jobseekers without a computer science qualification.”

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Scrum masters, for example, are earning upwards of £62,000 a year.

A scrum master acts as a project manager for IT and tech development.

There are courses you can take to train in being a scum master, but there’s no strict path into the job.

Commercial pilots, ethical hackers and air traffic controllers are also among the jobs paying around £60,000 a year.

And while a degree isn’t needed for most of these jobs, there may be other requirements.

For example, you don’t need to study at university to become a commercial pilot, but you’ll usually need five GCSEs including English, Science, and Maths.

With the cost of a university education adding up to £57,000 on average, it could pay to pursue one of the high-paying careers that avoid taking on student loan debts and studying costs.

The average wage in the UK in the last tax year was around £33,000.

The national living wage in the UK, which is the minimum for those aged over 23, is rising to £10.42 next month.

That works out as an annual salary of just over £19,600 for full-time workers.

Those in the following roles can also expect to earn salaries between £50,000 and £60,000 a year:

  • Software developer
  • Train driver
  • Construction manager
  • Oil Rig operative
  • Security manager
  • Games developer
  • Project manager

Eight other jobs pay workers without formal education salaries between £43,000 and £46,000 a year:

  • Buying manager
  • Translator
  • Accountant
  • Private chef
  • Army officer
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Landscape designer
  • ChatGPT prompt engineer

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But remember, if you do go down the self-employment route you’ll need to tell HMRC about your earnings.

You can make up to £1,000 a year from selling items online or odd jobs like dog-sitting, without having to tell HMRC or pay tax on your earnings.

Anything above this must be declared and you’ll need to fill out a self-assessment tax return.

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The tax you pay depends on your other income.

MoneySavingExpert’s income tax calculator can help you do the math.




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