Conventional wisdom says you need a college degree to get a good-paying job. If you plan to go through life with only a high school diploma, you’d better be prepared for a career spent flipping burgers, the thinking goes.
But maybe conventional wisdom is wrong.
In reality, there are a number of high-paying occupations that don’t require more than a high school diploma and some on-the-job training. As a bonus, most are jobs you won’t be embarrassed to share when someone asks, “What do you do?”
Here are the highest-paying jobs that require only a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — starting with the lowest-paying of the group and working up to the top spot.