Highest paying jobs that you can get with just A-levels – with salaries of up to £90,000 a year | The Sun

HIGH paying jobs don't always need top qualifications, and they could even earn you up to £90,000 a year.

It comes as students across the country received their A-Level results today, and some might not have got the grade they expected.

Results show that the number of A-level entries awarded top grades is down on last year.

This is said to be due to the grading system reverting back to the previous pre-pandemic system.

It means that some may not have hit the required grades to get into university this year, but that doesn't mean they can't get into high paying jobs.

Job site Adzuna has listed 20 roles that don't require a university education and pay more than the average UK annual salary of £33,000.


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For many positions "knowledge and skills are far more important than formal education", according to Andrew Hunter, the co-founder of Adzuna.

Andrew said: "A degree is no longer a prerequisite for securing a junior job with an attractive salary.

"Employers are increasingly looking past educational background and instead focusing on candidates with great skills and sufficient hands-on experience.

"Jobseekers with A-levels could consider taking professional certification courses or apprenticeships to hone job-specific skills and build hands-on experience, such as programming or technical skills."

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The job with the highest annual salary which pays workers up to £90,000 a year is the role of casino gaming manager.

Scrum masters, for example, are earning upwards of £62,000 a year.

A scrum master acts as a project manager for IT and tech development.

There are courses you can take to train in being a scrum master, but there's no strict path into the job.

Commercial pilots, ethical hackers and air traffic controllers are also among the jobs paying around £60,000 a year.

And while a degree isn't needed for most of these jobs, there may be other requirements.

For example, you don't need to study at university to become a commercial pilot, but you'll usually need five GCSEs including English, Science, and Maths.

With the cost of a university education adding up to £57,000 on average, it could pay to pursue one of the high-paying careers that avoid taking on student loan debts and studying costs.

The average wage in the UK in the last tax year was around £33,000.

Those in the following roles can also expect to earn salaries between £50,000 and £60,000 a year:

  • Software developer
  • Train driver
  • Construction manager
  • Oil Rig operative
  • Security manager
  • Games developer
  • Project manager

Eight other jobs pay workers without formal education salaries between £43,000 and £46,000 a year:

  • Buying manager
  • Translator
  • Accountant
  • Private chef
  • Army officer
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Landscape designer
  • ChatGPT prompt engineer

We have also spoken to a train driver who £54,000 a year, without a university education.

And a 27-year-old revealed how he earns over £50K in recruitment, after dropping out of college at 17.

While, a Sheffield-based woman decided to pursue money rather than studying and now has a salary that tops £60,000 a year working as a lettings agent.

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Meanwhile, here are the highest paying entry level jobs that you don’t need a degree for – and you can earn over £36,000.

Plus, if you're looking for more flexible hours, these are the jobs that can get you up to £70,000 – and some don’t need qualifications.

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