Conventional wisdom says you need a college degree to earn a good paycheck.
But often enough, conventional wisdom can be wrong, and that's the case with a college diploma and a high-paying career. The fact is, there are plenty of high-paying jobs that don't require a college degree or sometimes even a high school degree, and we have 13 good examples below to make that case.
Try these jobs on for size.
1. Brick MasonsYou only need a Secondary school education to get steady work as a brick mason. Typically, the job involves laying and binding building materials, especially brick, concrete blocks, cinder blocks and mortar. Brick layers can work for a construction or landscaping firm, or start their own business.
2. Costume AttendantsCostume attendants can enjoy the footlights and glamour of stage and screen, and earn good money doing so. Annual average salaries are around Tsh.4-7mill, and more in large urban areas like Dar es salaam City and Arusha, where demand is highest. The job usually requires a Secondary school graduation and involves selecting and fitting show-business professionals before and during a performance.
3. Catering ManagersA career in the food services management sector is fast-paced and fun, and often, you get to bring the leftovers home with you. No formal training is required, although a Secondary school education is usually needed. The average annual salary is around Tsh.4-6Mill, and the job involves planning and directing catered food and beverage occasions, in the private and public sector. Just be prepared to work weekends.
4. Gas Station OperatorsGas station operators aren't in as high demand as they used to be, given the trend toward electric vehicles, but while figures vary, there are about 50,000+ gas stations operating in Tanzania., as of 2017. The pay is good, at Tsh. 4Mill annually, but the job does require some knowledge of gasoline, natural gas, butane, and of basic car repair, as well. A Secondary school education is required.
5. Real Estate Agents/MadalaliSelling houses has become a popular career choice for the growing number of real estate agents in the Tanzania - 50,000 strong in 2017. The job requires a Secondary school education, pays about Tsh, 4 Mill annually (or more, in high-income markets). Expect to know as much as possible about homes, property sites, real estate contracts, and general condition of sales. The more you know in the real estate market, the more houses you'll sell.
6. Boiler MakersProfessional boilermakers, who build, install, and repair boilers that contain liquids and gases only need a VETA school diploma or equivalent. Annual salary stands at about Tsh, 4 mill and the only on-the-job training needed is an apprenticeship in the art of boiler making and maintenance.
7. Computer Support TechniciansComputer tech support professionals are in high demand, with plenty of projected job opportunities in the next five years. The median annual wage is Tsh.4 milll. It is helpful, although not required, to have an associate's degree in some form of computer technology.
8. Auto Insurance AppraisersAs long as drivers keep banging their vehicles into one another, the demand for auto insurance damage appraisers will be strong. You only need a Secondary school degree, but any training in auto repair and an intuitive knowledge of understanding the impact of damage on vehicle performance and appearance is highly recommended. The median annual wage for auto insurance appraisers is Tsh 4 mill.
9. Website DevelopersCreating and designing websites for private or commercial usage remains in high demand in 2018, and a Secondary school is enough (although an associate's degree is helpful) in establishing a career in the website development trade. Pay is decent, at an average of Tsh 4 mill, and you can either work for a company as its web specialist or hang a shingle of your own and build your own client list.
10. Bar Attendants and ManagersWorking as a professional Bar attendants or manager can be a pressure-packed line of work, as you're working with the public, and with the public's money on the line. You don't need a college degree to do so, but more likely, you'll start as a Bar dealer or in lower-level management and work your way up to a managerial post. Annual income is Tsh.4-8 Mill and demand is on the rise as legalized gaming is approved across Tanzania and more gaming centere are opened, or expanded.
11. Transportation Vehicle InspectorsProfessional transportation inspectors check and monitor vehicle performance, from basic sedans to larger, more sophisticated commercial/cargo trucks and vans. Only a Secondary school or diploma is required, but a background in vehicle construction or repair is highly recommended. Income is on the upswing (at an average of Tsh. 4 -10 mill annually) as the economy improves and more commercial vehicles are on the nation's highways.
12. Mechanics and Repair ManagersYou don't need a degree, or even a Secondary school diploma to manage mechanics and repair professionals. Median annual salary is almost Tsh. 4-15 mill and industry growth rate is expected to grow by 7.1% through 2026. The ideal break-in point is to earn a job as a mechanics specialist for a few years, then be promoted to a manager.
13. Electronics Repair ProfessionalsOn-the-job training is definitely needed to become an electronics repair specialist - likely five years of credible training. Pay is ample at Tsh. 4-7Mill and demand is strong for electronic repair professionals, with a growth rate of 3.7% over the next several years.
14.Mining & Quarrying