Best Jobs For High School Graduates

Which careers and jobs offer high school graduates without a college degree or job experience the best opportunities for professional advancement? And where can high school graduates with little or no job experience and college education earn significantly higher income?

The one thing that high paying careers have in common is skills that fetch top dollars in the marketplace. Simply stated, how much you earn as a high school graduate without a college degree is determined by the market value of your skills.

What do I know about low paying jobs you ask? I will tell you what I do know. Before I became a contract programmer in Oklahoma, I was working an $8/hr. sales job which I hated ever minute of. I had to clock-in to start my shift and then clock-out at the end. I even had to clock-in and clock-out to use the restroom. I was on the phone fielding calls every minute of the day. Repeating the same scripted conversation to every single caller in an attempt to make a buck! I couldn’t even play my iPod at work and there was literally no break in between phone calls. You can’t believe how agonizing my day was! Finally I couldn’t take it anymore and I quit. 6 months later, I was making $76,000/yr. as a contract programmer in the same city. So, don’t ask me what I know about low paying jobs. I have been there, done that and bagged a t-shirt okay!

As you can see from my story, all I had to do to earn a significantly higher income was to change from a career in inbound sales to a contract computer programmer career.  

You are not really a stranger to this fact of life are you? That your ability to comfortably pay your bills, take vacations, pay your home mortgage, buy new cars, provide medical benefits and take care of your family is pre-determined by the career you choose! Well, another fact of life is that high school graduates without a college degree do not have access to some high paying careers in the legal, medical, engineering and financial industry. In other words, a high school graduate may not be a medical doctor, lawyer, or engineer without a college degree.Many of the entry level jobs available to high school graduates do not command a high pay in the job market. For example, compare the average entry level starting salary for chemical engineers with a college degree ($54,813) to the average salary for high school graduate working as:

  • an in-bound sales representative in Saint Louis ($10/hr.)
  • a telemarketer in Tulsa ($8.50/hr.)
  • a gas station cashier in Madison, Wisconsin ($8.00)
  • a grocery store clerk in Chicago ($8.00/hr.- PayScale)

What does this tell you? That it is illogical, unreasonable and statistically weird to expect a high income from a career that typically pays low wages. It is like expecting apples to grow on orange trees. It rarely happens because if you really want to eat apples, you have to look on apple trees and if you want oranges you have to pick orange trees.

So to earn a better salary, escape the minimum wage trap or make more money, you need to be in a career that offers a higher income.


  • Most high paying careers have stringent, required educational exams. There are requirements for examinations, certifications, and years of schooling in medicine and law
  • Preparing for high paying careers requires many years of college education. Years that may not be spent earning significant income)
  • Going to college to learn a high paying career can be expensive. Tuition costs can run into six figures and may require taking on hard to pay back school loans)
  • Not all high school graduates who can afford the high tuition costs for high paying careers will be offered an admission. Because of the pre-defined, limited number of credentialed and certified academic institutions, competition is usually very high among and only a minority of applicants will be accepted)
  • If you were not near or at the top of your class in high school, your chances of being accepted into college is limited by stiff competition from other high school students with better academic scores )

Enter computer programmer careers. The one hidden high paying career that still provides a steady dependable source of job wealth, high income and top pay for high school graduates. A hidden career thanks to the common myths lies and mis-conceptions spread about the computer programmer career)


  • There are no stringent, required or mandatory exams that must be passed to practice computer programming. You don’t need to be registered, certified or degreed to begin programming
  • You don’t need a college degree for beginning programming. You don’t have to spend years learning programming in college without earning an income and you can start learning programming today and begin earning an income in as little as 3 to 8 months depends on how hard you work
  • You don’t have to pay for any expensive sort of education before beginning programming. Of course you have to invest in resources for learning programming, but at a small fraction of what you will have to spend to go to college and learn other high paying careers
  • You are not disqualified from becoming a computer programmer because of your past or present academic performance, and I mean absolutely not. Even if you only have a high school diploma or little or no college education you can become a programmer if you want to
  • And you can learn programming from any location, at your own pace and convenient time. There are no rules for learning, no set exams to take and additional classroom education is completely optional. You can begin your computer programmer career at home, in your spare time by just studying 1 to 2 hours a day or a few hours per week

Now, you understand that as a high school graduate, without a college degree, your choice of career locks-in how much you earn. And you understand that most high paying careers have difficult or hard entry requirements, certifications and courses except computer programming. Finally, you realize that there are no rules on how you can become a programmer because beginning programming is simply about beginning to write good quality software code.

Dear friend, away with the lies, mis-conceptions and myths that’ve stopped you from beginning a lucrative computer programmer career. A decade ago, I changed careers to computer programming and today I am hear to help you do the same. So, don’t hesitate, just act now. Take me up on the offer to begin a high paying computer programmer career today.

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One Response to "Best Jobs For High School Graduates"

  1. shacondala Davidson   September 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Currently enrolled in college for Computer Science Information but if I could get out into the field now for some hands on experience and extra cash I want to know how.


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