Not every high-paying job requires a high level of education. An associate's degree or high school diploma alone can, in some cases, set you up to make $68,000 to over $100,000 a year.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNBC has compiled a list of the top-paying professions where a bachelor's degree is not necessary.
Check out these 20 careers:
Gaming managers plan and coordinate gaming operations at casinos. This job requires a high school diploma and offers a salary of about $68,380.
A medical sonographer uses special imaging equipment to take medical images or conduct tests, which help physicians assess medical conditions. The profession requires an associate's degree and pays approximately $69,000.
These professionals ensure that the audio and visual systems for TV, radio and other media run smoothly. The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays about $70,590.
Postmasters plan and coordinate administrative and operational services of a U.S. post office. This job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays about $70,640.
These professionals make sure that equipment in trains, airplanes and other vehicles is safe and up to code. The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays approximately $70,820.
These professionals help families plan and carry out the various aspects of a funeral. The job requires an associate's degree and pays approximately $70,890.
Control power operators run and monitor fuel equipment in various industries such as coal, nuclear fuel, or natural gas. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and the job pays about $71,940.
This type of supervisor works in non-retail industries like insurance, telemarketing and real estate, often managing budgets and personnel.
The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays approximately $72,300.
Smile! Dental hygienists make about $72,330. They help dentists examine and clean teeth and provide other preventive dental care. The job requires an associate's degree.
This highly-specialized health care worker prepares and administers radio-pharmaceuticals as well as other medications and uses special equipment to take medical images. The job requires an associate's degree and pays about $73,360.
Pilots of commercial airlines have to pass several exams, clock hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in the air, and get industry certification. But technically, they don't need a bachelor's degree, only a high school diploma, in addition to the specialized certification and education in aviation. Pilots make about $76,150.
These professionals investigate suspected crimes, working on the local, state or federal level. The job typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays about $77,210.
Radiation therapists operate machines called linear accelerators, which deliver radiation therapy. An associate's degree is required and the position pays approximately $80,220.
These technicians use specialized instruments to monitor radiation levels, typically in nuclear energy production or to assist physicists and engineers. An associate's degree is required and the position pays approximately $80,260.
Power distributors and dispatchers coordinate and regulate systems that generate electricity or steam. While there is extensive job training, the job doesn't require a bachelor's degree. The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays about $80,840.
Elevators need installing and fixing, which is where these specialists come in. The job requires a high school diploma along with training and pays approximately $80,870.
First-line supervisors offer guidance to investigators and police and and ensures that procedures are adhered to. The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and pays approximately $82,090.
These managers work to direct or coordinate transportation, storage and distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and government laws. The job requires a high school degree or the equivalent and pays about $86,630.
These professionals control and operate nuclear power reactors. A high school diploma is required and the job pays approximately $88,560.
Air traffic controllers coordinate and direct the movement of air traffic. An associate's degree is required for this job, which pays approximately $122,950.
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