10 High-Paying Jobs That Don’t Demand Previous Experience

If you are looking for a job, a new career path, or additional income, here are some of the highest-paid jobs that do not require prior experience or high qualifications. Many offer on-the-job training, and for some, you only need a computer and a desire to learn something new.

1. Technical writers

Technical writing is a great way to utilize your previous experiences and put them into words to help others. With technical writing, you can earn around $62K yearly and are most likely to work remotely, meaning you could be on a beach or in the comfort of your home while earning money. 

If you have a way with words and are willing to explore this type of work, check out freelance gigs for technical writing. 

2. Virtual assistants

If you are naturally organized, the virtual assistant position could be your calling. With an average salary of over $ $74K, the job does not require you to go to the office. The job is relatively stress-free, and though it does not require much training, you need to be crafty with computers and understand the basics of commonly used software and business programs.

Virtual assistants are usually freelancers, and the best ones are focused on a specific niche instead of working with a larger number of clients and with even more computer programs. 

3. Air traffic controllers

The highest-paying job that does not require specific qualifications is an air traffic controller. The job can get you nearly $131K yearly, but specific requirements exist. For example, you must have three years of experience in a field related to aviation or a bachelor’s degree. 

If you have what it takes, you must pass training, which takes two to five months to complete. Then, you need two to four years of on-the-job training to become certified, so it is an excellent job for younger people looking for a respectable job with high earning potential.  

4. Flight attendants

To become a flight attendant, you must pass training. Since this job is highly in demand, you won’t have to wait long until you start exploring the world while earning up to $85K yearly.  

Being a flight attendant is challenging, especially once you start traveling overseas and dealing with time differences. It requires discipline, politeness, and calm because dealing with people while up in the air is not for the faint of heart. 

5. Real estate agents

The median yearly salary for a real estate agent in New York is over $ 90K. The salary depends on your state, and based on your selling performance, you can earn high six figures. 

Apart from the natural charm and an eye for detail, real estate agents must complete the prelicensing education requirement and pass the state real estate license test. This flexible, dynamic career is ideal for outspoken people who know how to develop relationships and are comfortable networking. 

6. Firefighter 

The average salary for a firefighter is around $53K per year. While the job does not require further education after high school, it is highly responsible and involves training at a fire academy, emergency medical technician (EMT) certification, and more, depending on your state. 

The job is well respected, and firefighters enjoy job security, benefits, and opportunities to advance their careers.

7. Sales representatives

For a sales rep, you need to be a good listener and a great communicator. Many organizations are willing to invest in you if they recognize your natural abilities because they know the true value of an excellent sales representative. The average salary is $76K, but top performers earn well beyond $300K. 

Sales reps’ responsibilities include keeping up with current customers, providing them with the right products and services, identifying new markets and customer leads, and pitching future customers.

8. Merchandisers 

Merchandisers understand customers’ demands, ensure that shelves are satisfyingly stocked, monitor stock movements, and more. The average salary surpasses  $68K, and the ideal candidate has experience in retail or marketing degree.

However, the job does not require anything but a high school diploma, and it offers you the opportunity to show your organizational and communication skills.  

9. Plumbers

There is an increased need for maintenance specialists, and plumbers are near the top of that list. The job does not require prior experience, but you need on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Depending on your state, you might need to get licensed. 

The salary is $58K annually, which can go up to nearly $80K. 

10. UPS drivers

While the job requirements are minimal, if you want to make six figures, you have to be patient since “a customer-focused mindset” is mandatory. You must pass a physical test and prepare for serious heavy lifting. A clean driving record is, understandably, a necessity. 

UPS drivers will average $170,000 in pay and benefits, including health care and pensions, at the end of a five-year contract after the company made a new deal with the Teamsters Union in 2023. 


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