High Wages, Low Credentials
June 22, 2010 6:33 PM Subscribe
Do high-paying, low-skilled jobs exist?
posted by Despondent_Monkey to Work & Money (41 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
My friends and I met up the other day, and we eventually got to talking about the rise of "credential inflation" in the United States over the past few decades. We came to a general consensus that the once valuable college degree has largely become the new high school diploma, and that it's gotten harder, if not impossible, to break into the middle class with only a high school education.
So I got to thinking: what high-paying jobs are there for people who don't have any extensive formal training past high school? Do high-paying, low-skilled jobs still exist for people who are willing to work hard? Obviously, if these jobs exist, there's probably some sort of tradeoff (bad hours, dangerous, dirty, etc.), but those criteria don't exclude them from my query. I would love to continue this discussion with the guys over beers tonight, and I think it's pretty interesting. Are recent high school graduates who don't want to attend college screwed into a life full of McJobs?
Are there any jobs these days where a young guy with a good work-ethic can show up with no experience or post-high school training, get hired, and get paid relatively high wages?