8 High-Paying Careers That Don’t Require a University Degree


Finding the right job can be seriously difficult. Not everyone’s career path is linear, and I’ve come to know that the hard way! If you’re reading this blog post, I’m sure you have too. Here I give you eight high-paying work-from-home jobs that don’t require a university or college degree, so you can rest easy knowing they won’t take you back to years of school work and hefty tuition fees.


1. Account Manager

Do you have good speaking, listening, and organizational skills? Account managers work closely with existing clients to build and maintain customer relationships. Many companies hire account managers to take care of large or enterprise accounts that are high-paying customers and need extra TLC. Account managers work hard to mitigate revenue loss and ensure client retention, as well as grow and up-sell accounts for long-term portfolio growth. Having some kind of background in administration and sales will help you succeed in this role!

2. Sales Development Representative (SDR)

Are you a people person? Can you sell me a pen? There are a ton of level-entry SDR positions that exist out there. Even if you don’t have a college or university degree, there’s a high chance of finding a company that will hire you, though these roles tend to have high competition (with high salaries), so you will need to find a way to stand out in your interview. In an SDR position, you will have to put in a lot of hustle, but be sure to expect a high reward, plus opportunities for advancement. SDRs are great positions to begin building your sales experience. Many of these positions today are now remote, though if you like working either in a hybrid or office, you’re in luck too.

3. Account Executive (AE)

Do you already have a few years of experience in sales? Account executives are important parts of sales and business development for a company. They may be responsible for generating new business and closing deals, as well as upselling existing clients. The role of an account executive is a combination of sales, customer service, and relationship management. To be successful, you should have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a deep understanding of the company’s products and services and the needs of its clients. If you enjoy sales, consider the AE role as a satisfying career path with a high payoff and reward.

4. Executive Assistant (EA)

An executive assistant is a professional who provides administrative support to top-level executives, such as CEOs, presidents, or vice presidents. The specific responsibilities of an executive assistant can vary depending on the size and type of organization, as well as the needs of the individual executive they are supporting. Some common responsibilities include event planning, travel management, communication/administration, and project management. A successful EA will be a strong liaison and support piece for their client.

5. High-Ticket Sales

If the name didn’t give it away already, high-ticket salespeople sell high-priced products or services. Hight-ticket items tend to be $2,000 and up, with some companies having products up to $20,000 or more. Companies will offer a certain percentage of your sale as commission. Many high-ticket sales jobs are fully remote, and it’s not too difficult to enter into the job market. Just like in the SDR position, you need to sell yourself in an interview! I have friends who have gotten high ticket sale jobs through Facebook groups, which I would give a try if you’re trying to enter into this space – there are a ton of opportunities out there!

6. Brand Manager

A brand manager is a key decision-maker who helps shape the direction and perception of a brand to drive growth and success. Their job involves a wide range of responsibilities, including developing and implementing brand strategy, overseeing advertising and promotion, analyzing performance, and managing brand budgets. If you have business and marketing experience, this role is already calling to you. There are also many level-entry marketing roles (i.e., marketing assistant, brand manager assistant) that will help you get in the brand management space.

7. Virtual Assistant (VA)

If you’re already set on remote work life, VAs are a good option for making some extra money. Though I’ve heard it can be difficult to find a full-time VA position, and hours may not be regular, a lot of digital nomads work as VAs for extra cash. Another drawback of this role is assisting your clients when they need you – whenever they need you. Your client may give you a one hour’s notice to complete a task, while you’re out at the bar with your friends…that kind of notice is not for everybody. But, if you have a flexible schedule, and can provide a reliable service, check many of the VA jobs that exist out there.

8. Customer Relationship Manager (CRM)

CRMs are similar to account managers, in how they help to improve customer satisfaction, loyalty, and retention by creating a positive customer experience. CRMs are critical in helping companies understand their customers and improve their experiences. A strong CRM can lead to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and retention, which can drive business growth and success.

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