Jaybeau Jones

Jaybeau Jones

Jaybeau Jones

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Students throw their caps in the air ahead of their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on July 15, 2014 in London, England. Students of the London College of Fashion, Management and Science and Media and Communication attended their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

That is an attention getting headline: 3 $100,000 K Jobs: No Degree Needed.

With the new year coming, it’s the season of evaluation. How did I do? Am I happy with my life? Do we like the Patriots? Am I happy at work? Do I make enough money? Are we saving enough? Is it time for a change? Do we like the Patriots?

If you’re running this movie in your head, congratulations. You are normal.

Growth is Becoming Comfortable With Discomfort

I came up with that. It’s another way of saying, we only grow when we leave our comfort zone. Most challenges we face come with discomfort. I feel that when we become comfortable with discomfort, overtime, it goes away, leaving just the excitement of the growth, part. Now it doesn’t mean that discomfort totally goes away. But it helps you cope with it better, making it a much less dominant emotion or feeling. Some of my most uncomfortable career moments, harvested some of the biggest successes in my life. in the end. If I let the discomfort get to me and gave up, I may have never reached the win.

Do You Still Need A Degree?

It’s one of the most debated topics. Is college worth the money? Some skill sets learned in college, could be outdated by the time you graduate.

According to CNBC:

A four-year degree is becoming less of a requirement to land a solid, high-paying job as more companies are eliminating degree requirements in favor of skills-based hiring to vet candidates .

Between 2017 and 2019, employers reduced the degree requirements for 46% of middle-skill positions and 31% of high-skill positions, according to research from Harvard Business Review and The Burning Glass Institute. 

Now that we are armed with intel, let’s find 3 $100,000 K Jobs: No Degree Needed.

  • Radiation therapist

    According to Indeed: “Radiation therapists work closely with cancer treatment teams to administer radiation treatments to cancer patients. They make sure machines work properly, ensure correct radiation doses, take X-rays and maintain patient records.”


    National average salary: $126,024 per year

    Typical education needed for entry: Associate’s degree or certification program

    Job outlook: Job openings for radiation therapists are expected to grow 6% over the decade, or about 800 openings per year.

  • Senior real estate manage

    According to Indeed: “Real estate managers are in charge of overseeing the daily operations of a property like an apartment complex or commercial building. They typically manage maintenance teams, ensure rent is paid and fill vacancies. To become a senior real estate manager, you typically need to gain experience in entry-level positions and work your way up.” 

    National average salary: $135,964

    Typical education needed for entry:  High school diploma or equivalent

    Job outlook: Job openings for property, real estate and community association managers are expected to grow 3% over the decade, or about 33,300 openings per year.

  • Owner-operator driver

    According to Indeed: “An owner-operator driver owns their own truck or trucking business. They may lease out their services or trucks to companies or individuals who need to transport goods, or they may operate their business under their own command. Although not a requirement, these individuals often have several years of experience driving for other companies.” 

    National average salary: $240,211

    Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary nondegree award, on-the-job training

    Job outlook: Job openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are expected to grow 4% over the next decade, or about 259,900 openings per year.


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