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Exam results come out in August, making it a stressful month for students to say the least.
Many will be wondering whether they got the grades to get into the university they wanted, and it can feel like the end of the world if you don’t do as well as you thought you would.
However, whatever your results, you can still have a great career and a well-paying job. In fact, figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 29% of graduates earn less than those who entered the workforce straight from an apprenticeship rather than getting a degree.
Student fees are currently capped at £27,750 for three years of study, which has left many young people wondering over the past few years whether a university education is really for them or not.
New data from Indeed – the world’s number one job search site – shows there are many roles which don’t require a degree that pay more than the UK average wage.
“Our figures suggest there is still a ‘graduate premium,’ with graduates frequently earning more than those without a degree,” said Mariano Mamertino, an EMEA economist at Indeed. “But while having a degree typically increases your earning potential, the cost of gaining one is substantial. As a result many school-leavers will be asking themselves whether the sums of doing a degree add up.”
The site analysed the salaries offered by tens of thousands of job adverts and came up with a list of five which pay substantially more than the UK average salary of £28,000.
Here they are, ranked in ascending order by average salary.
5. Pilot — £32,691.
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To learn how to fly a plane, you need to get a Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL), and you’ll also need good physical fitness, good hearing and eyesight, and colour-normal vision.
The training can be quite pricey – £60,000 and £90,000 in total – but the most experienced airline pilots can earn £140,000 a year.
The National Careers Service website says being a pilot requires excellent hand-to-eye co-ordination, great communication skills, leadership skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.
4. Executive assistant — £33,150.
Having a personal assistant role at a senior executive level is a lot more than organising a CEO’s diary. You’ll also be in charge of travel arrangements, email management, and a few accounting responsibilities such as financial management and client billings.
Some positions even require you to speak several languages.
The executive will likely rely on you to sort out the majority of their life, so it’s no surprise it pays quite well. Depending on the position and who the executive is, you could earn upwards of £50,000.
3. Fitness manager — £34,374.
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Fitness managers are responsible for overseeing the administration and organisation of a gym or fitness club. This includes both employees and visitors to the gym, so you need to have good personal skills.
Different gyms and clubs have many different activities and facilities, so the job can range quite a bit. Some will be in charge of a spa and pool as well as the gym floor, whereas others are making sure the exercise classes are running on time.
Either way, you’re working behind the scenes of the club and making sure everything is running smoothly, so it’s a lot of responsibility.
2. Maintenance manager — £38,675.
Maintenance managers oversee the maintenance of buildings, so the job can range a lot depending on the area you would be overseeing.
Generally, they are in charge of any repairs of the property, including machines and mechanical systems. In a hotel, for example, they are in charge of ensuring everything is functioning in the kitchens, laundry rooms, and guest rooms.
Other jobs can range from finding people to paint and repair drywalls to noticing and finding professionals to do electrical, heating, and air-conditioning work. They also might need to do the odd job themselves.
1. Construction manager — £53,118.
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Without a degree you can work your way up to a construction manager role if you’ve got experience in a relevant job, like being a surveyor or site supervisor.
The job involves working for building companies and specialist subcontractors, and overseeing what goes on at a construction site. This includes talking to architects, surveyors, and engineers, hiring staff, buying materials, and maintaining the health and safety of the site.
Highly experienced construction managers can earn upwards of £70,000 per year.