Forget what your 6th grade homeroom teacher told you about college. No, you don’t need a college degree to succeed in life. While having a diploma or advanced degree does statistically earn people higher salaries on average—it does not mean people without degrees are unfit to thrive in today’s workforce.

From the U.S. News & World Report, here are seven of the highest paying jobs that require little more than a high school diploma or equivalent. Which jobs are right for you? Find out here.

1. Electrician

Median salary: $55,190

Job requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • Electrician apprenticeship
  • Valid driver’s license

Job responsibilities:

  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical components (cable, conduit, wiring)
  • Read and interpret electrical plans and blueprints
  • Organize and control tools and materials

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2. Wind Turbine Technician

Median salary: $54,370

Job requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Experience working with hand tools and power tools
  • Valid driver’s license

Job responsibilities:

  • Troubleshoot or repair wind turbines
  • Resolve electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions
  • Inspect or repair fiberglass turbine blades

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3. Plumber

Median salary: $53,910

Job requirements:

  • Outstanding troubleshooting and repair skills
  • Plumbing experience
  • Valid driver’s license

Job responsibilities:

  • Faucet repairs
  • Water heater installation
  • Plumbing system replacements

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4. Medical Assistant

Median salary: $53,610

Job requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • CPR certification
  • Excellent communication skills

Job responsibilities:

  • Coordinates referrals, scheduling, and correspondence
  • Register patients according to established protocols
  • Assists in nursing care as directed by RN

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5. Insurance Sales Agent

Median salary: $50,600

Job requirements:

  • Property and casualty insurance license
  • Strong communications and sales skills
  • Self confidence and excellent initiative

Job responsibilities:

  • Sell and service insurance policies
  • Conduct underwriting assessments
  • Serve as a liaison between the customer and insurance provider

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6. Firefighter

Median salary: $49,620

Job requirements:

  • Supreme physical fitness
  • Courage, confidence, resilience, and ability to work well under pressure
  • Valid driver’s license

Job responsibilities:

  • Respond to emergency situations beyond fired
  • Attend to car crashes, chemical spills, flooding, and more
  • Use sophisticated firefighting equipment

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7. Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Median salary: $42,680

Job requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to work in extreme environments
  • Valid driver’s license

Job responsibilities:

  • Assemble solar modules, panels, and support structures as necessary
  • Apply weather sealing to all relevant fixtures
  • Examine designs to determine requirements for assembly

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