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Top 15 Jobs That Require Little or No Experience

By David Quilty

15 jobsAre you fresh out of school, looking for a job, but lacking in experience? You might think this will stop you from landing a decent paying job, but that’s not true. Not every entry-level, “no experience necessary” job is a dead-end.

While many professional careers do require formal higher education and years of experience, you can find high paying jobs that don’t require a college degree or prior experience. Some of these jobs even offer paid, on-the-job training!

To help you get started on your job search, check out these 15 suggestions, along with salary estimates and employment requirements.

Best Paid Jobs With No Experience Needed

1. Delivery Driver

Whether national, regional, or local, companies need delivery drivers. As long as you have a clean driver’s license, you are eligible for these jobs. You don’t need any experience for many of these jobs, and they often offer a lot of scheduling flexibility. Starting with a company as a driver can also help you get your foot in the door, with opportunities to work towards a higher-paying position.

Annual Salary Range: $16,918 – $46,324

delivery driver

2. Bill Collector

Experts project the employment rate for bill collectors to grow by approximately 19% in the next 10 years, and most of these positions only require a high school diploma. Job requirements include effectively communicating over the phone and having good customer service skills. Previous bill collection experience is not required.

Annual Salary Range: $21,903 – $47,898

bill collector past due

3. Garbage Collector

You will need to wake up before the crack of dawn to start your work day, but you get most holidays off, receive good (often union) benefits, and you get to exercise on the job when you work as a garbage collector. Requirements include being physically fit, capable of lifting heavy items, and the ability to drive a garbage truck. You can begin looking for a job in this field on Waste Management’s career site.

Annual Salary Range: $19,920 – $59,922

garbage collector

4. Security Guard

Working as a security guard can mean a lot more than just patrolling the local mall for unruly teenagers. You might work as a protective sentry for an Embassy, a secure cash transporter for Brinks, or even a member of the Homeland Security team at the airport. A high school diploma is sufficient for most of these jobs, but requirements vary and could include passing a drug test, having a clean criminal record, and perhaps even obtaining a firearms license.

Annual Salary Range: $18,161 – $38,999

security guard

5. Bartender

You don’t need a formal education to work as a bartender, but you should go to a bartending school. Working behind a bar can be difficult, as each shift requires dealing with an imbibing public from different walks of life. Some locales have laws in place where a bar or bartender can be held responsible if a patron drinks too much, so there is the added pressure of monitoring how much alcohol your customers consume. The ABC Bartending School lists bartending school locations around the country.

Annual Salary Range: $13,085 – $47,298

bartender

6. School Bus Driver

You must have the patience of a saint if you want to drive children to and from school every morning. Additionally, you need clean driving and criminal records. Bus drivers usually work twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon, and get all the same holidays and days off that students enjoy. No previous experience is required to become a school bus driver, and the job can come with benefits as well as a decent salary.

Annual Salary Range: $16,404 – $39,883

busdriver

7. Real Estate Broker

The most successful brokers have established a large referral network and have return business. In other words, it takes at least a few years to make big bucks in this field. But the good news is that there is great potential to make money, and you only need an agent license to get your foot in the door at a real estate firm.

To become eligible for a license you must take a 60-hour course. Once employed, an agent can then take another test to become a full-fledged broker.

Annual Salary Range: $30,303 – $227,211

real estate agent

8. Entry Level Oilfield Worker

Careers in the oil industry are readily available, and they have minimal job requirements for entry-level positions. A high school diploma is usually all that is required – no previous experience is necessary, and oil companies provide any training you need on the job. Workers receive the opportunity to travel the world and work outdoors, with decent pay and benefits included.

Annual Salary Range: $19,000 – $45,000

oilfield worker

9. Cable TV Installer

Cable TV and Internet installers can make decent salaries. Previous experience is not required for employment, and on-the-job training is provided. A good rapport with the public certainly helps make this job easier. Contact your local cable company regarding open positions.

Annual Salary Range: $21,584 – $51,855

cable guy

10. 18-Wheel Truck Driver

The majority of your time will be spent away from home, but being a truck driver certainly has its rewards. These jobs offer good pay and benefits, and little or no previous experience is required for employment. You have to be trained and licensed to drive big trucks, but most trucking companies pay for your training and assist you with getting your Commercial Driver’s License.

Medical exams and background checks may also be required, depending on what you might be hauling.

Annual Salary Range: $27,528 – $67,393

truck driver

11. Human Resources Assistant

These assistants keep track of all information pertaining to a company’s employees, and help the human resources manager in other activities involving company and employee relations. Oftentimes a high school diploma is the only requirement for this position, although customer service experience and secretarial skills bode well for the opportunity to land a job. Opportunities for advancement do arise, and assistants can go on to become managers after gaining some on-the-job experience or additional training and education

Annual Salary Range: $23,602 – $45,591

human resources team

12. Table Games Dealer

If you want to live in Las Vegas (or anywhere gaming is legal), become a table game dealer. While most casinos require some past experience in dealing cards for table games, some will train you for the job. If no paid training is available, there are casino dealing schools that can help.

Requirements to be a table games dealer include a high school diploma, good customer service skills, solid mathematics abilities, and careful attention to detail. Some jobs do require union membership and dues, but with that requirement often comes better pay and benefits.

Annual Salary Range: $15,000 – $40,000

poker dealer

13. Taxi Driver

Specific licensing requirements for taxi drivers vary from state to state, but include being over 21 years of age, having a clean driving record, several years driving experience, and passing a background check. Generally, taxi drivers pay to lease their cabs from a cab company, keeping all the income they receive from their fares.

Work hours are long and often include nights, weekends, and holidays, and the work can even be dangerous at times. But with no previous cab driving experience needed and the ability to set your own hours, being a taxi driver can make for a comfortable career choice.

Annual Salary Range: $17,110 – $66,662

taxi driver

14. Library Technician

Although the Internet, online bookstores, and e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle have certainly reduced foot traffic into local libraries, the library as we know it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And while becoming a librarian requires years of schooling and certification, obtaining a job as a library technician can often be achieved by someone with just a high school diploma.

Technicians assist librarians in organizing materials, ordering new titles, shelving books, and assisting patrons in researching the catalog. Computer skills are vital to this job, but no previous experience is necessarily expected. Contact your local library for information about career opportunities.

Annual Salary Range: $20,801 – 42,896

library technician

15. Police Officer

Careers in policing can be very difficult, yet incredibly rewarding. And while the jobs are not the typical 9 to 5 and can be hard on families and relationships, a high school diploma is the only formal education required to apply. Once you apply and pass a background, drug, and polygraph test, recruits are sent to police academy for training. Job listings for police officers can be found in local papers and on online job boards.

Annual Salary Range: $29,689 – $79,907

Final Word

The job market is tough for everyone right now, and it can be especially frustrating to those without a formal education or without any employment history. But there are many jobs out there that pay well, and companies are just waiting for the right candidates to submit their applications, regardless of past experience. High paying jobs for high school graduates do exist. So what are you waiting for? Your next opportunity may be right around the corner!

What jobs would you suggest for someone with little experience in the workforce?

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David Quilty
David Quilty is a freelance writer living outside Santa Fe, NM. After burning out working in the entertainment field in Los Angeles for many years, David decided to strike out on his own and follow his passions for writing, web design, politics, and green living on a dirt road in rural New Mexico.

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  • http://blog.debteye.com Kevin @ DebtEye

    Wow, bill collectors job growth is expected at 19% over the next 10 years? Hopefully that’s not the case and Americans can have their debt problems under control!

    • GrindCell

      Yeah, that’s not happening any time soon.

  • Tara

    Actually library use is up to record highs, it’s not actually decreasing. However, jobs in libraries as librarians or library aides are hard to come by.

  • Yaright

    Please, you need a frickin 4 year degree to be a police officer. It’s not 1978.

    • Kristin

      I don’t think so. I have two friends are police. You apply for the job, take written and physical tests, and have an intern time if you pass everything- no degree required. Maybe it’s beneficial to have a degree if you’re in an area where it’s competitive, but it’s not necessary.

      • Misztrini93

        It depends on location. NYPD for example requires 60 credits

        • pained

          FL reqiures a 800hr cours that takes about 6months… officially you have to pass an end exam and there are several routes to that goul

  • Guest

    Where you thnik I could find entry level oil jobs without experiences?

    • Awiskey

      Houston, TX

    • meol

      Wyoming Border

    • BrokeToo

      North & South Dakota

      • M.L.H. Javert

        South Dakota is great if you want to get paid $8 an hour. Seriously. This state sucks! Unlike NoDak, SoDak’s oil resources aren’t as heavily tapped, and most towns are limited on the jobs. I am college educated, and trapped in an $8 an hour retail job. Trust me – it’s not worth it!

        • Guest

          what’s your degree in?

        • M.L.H. Javert

          Music History

    • epicralph

      New Mexico, Texas, and a lot of the southern states are booming with oilfield work.

  • Nicky ;D

    Love this, thanks :)

  • Jhm2day

    School bus drivers require class B license + endorsement. Your article is incomplete…

  • Angel Mercado

    i don’t know about everywhere else but in Philadelphia, they’re only three ways of becoming a Police Officer.
    1. 650+ hours of The explorer Program
    2. Associates Degree from an Acclaimed University
    3. 2 Years of active Military Experience
    and 21 years of age

  • Johnwattson79

    hey anna

  • Simonjose

    now but this time its me

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    maria i hate you

  • Mars R

    Your article is incorrect. School bus drivers need an operational license and the pay is horrible. Even if you didn’t mind dealing with screaming kids throwing things and fighting, the pay is not enough to stay afloat.

  • asdf

    This article is b.s.

  • Russell

    internet base company is looking expand!

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  • Laurie

    I have a work from home business opportunity that you do not need to have any experience at to succeed. If you are interested email me at [email protected]
    I can’t wait to help you make your dreams come true.

  • Chris the driller

    I look at all these website but I never see diamond drilling Canada and the US have thousands of diamond drilling companies.. Entry level positions can bring anywhere from 50,000 to as high as 120,000. I started and my first year I made around 80,000 grand two years later I was drilling and making 80,000 to 140,000 thousand I year. No education just common sence and work hard.

    • shariff

      man how can i get the job?

    • Brandon

      Chris the driller, what is the name of the company for the oil job? I’d reckon its near the Canadian Border where frostbite is. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Christ Disciple

      This “diamond drilling” job requires you to work 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. So all of the money is from overtime, not actual starting salary.
      Do you know there are jobs that pay well over 50k a year and you only work 8 hours a day? Pharm sales, anyone?

  • Inreality01

    Police officers in most jurisdictions get paid very well. Base salary is only one part of the story. Most get tons of overtime pay, special duty pay and incentive pay for acquiring specific skills/education. In addition, many get take home vehicles which they don’t have to pay for which is easily a $10K year benefit (car payment, insurance, maintenance, fuel). Now, add in the fact that many officers can retire between age 50 and 52 and collect a hefty retirement and you have quite the job. Now, the early retirement age is because somehow the unions have convinced politicians and the public that they must retire early because this is such a stressful job. But, many go on to get another law enforcement job after retiring so if that is the case then the original job couldn’t of been that stressful. Once you collect a government pension you shouldn’t be allowed to work for government again, that is my opinion.

    Also, retirements are often based on formulas like 80% of your high five salaried years. This means that when sworn officers approach retirement and are earning high hourly wages, they try to get into positions that make a ton of overtime because the overtime is calculated into the pension formula.

    By the way, I work in law enforcement so I’m not bashing from the outside, I’m simply stating the reality of the situation.

    I believe we should pay sworn officers a good salary when they work but they shouldn’t have the early retirements and retirement shouldn’t be a guaranteed publicly funded pension but rather based on more individual contribution to a personal retirement fund. Take home vehicles should be taxable income and only 1 pension should ever be allowed to be collected by an individual.

    If you are young……….. get into law enforcement. There is a lot of competition these days because more and more people are catching on to this great government job.

    • tay tay

      you dont say

  • goldpanning4me

    ok to whom ever wrote this i had 2 pot charges 4-5 years ago. used to be a little crazy and speed, got about 7-10 tickets in the first year of driving, never had one accident, put on 40,000 miles on my 91 toyota in that year. im not a bad person and to be honest im probably better hearted than most people out there. now i cant even get a job as a taxi driver. i have worked residential remodeling and hvac. I DID IT FOR A LESSER PERIOD THAN THE PEOPLE THERE AND WAS SMARTER THAN THEM BUT NOOOOOOO I CANT GET A JOB AND IM THE ASSHOLE. WELL DO MY JOB IN AN ATTIC LIFTING AIR HANDELERS AND CONDENSORS FOR $9 HR, IN THE 120 DEGREE HEAT. CAN YOU TELL ME THINGS ABOUT ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, HVAC, CAPENTRY, MASONARY, FLOORING, ROOFING AND BREAK YOUR BACK DOING IT ALL FOR YOUR GRANDFATHER WHO PAYS YOU CRAP BUT HANDS MONEY OUT TO EVERY STUPID MEXICAN THAT WALKS THRO THE DOOR AND SCREWS HIM. SO TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT THE JOB WORLD NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tom Q.

    Delivery service has been very rewarding for me.
    I meet very interesting people,choose the hours and
    Make good money and tips.I work for Joe’s Pizza Shop
    In Conshocken NY .
    Tom Q.

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  • Alex Morell

    Little or no experience, my a$$. Many of the jobs listed do require extensive training. Go back to the drawing board money crashers because you don’t have the right list.

  • Serena Morris

    the problem is nobody wants these jobs. Bill collector? please, I’d rather shoot myself. Taxi driver? someone would save me the trouble and shoot me. Same with police officer. Librarian? what’s a library do people even use those anymore? Game table dealer? great if you live in Vegas and are happy with only $15,000 a year. Give me a break!

  • troy

    police officer? how insulting

  • Zickford

    Human resource assistant shouldn’t be on this list. you need at least 2-3 years of experience or you need to know someone to get you in. This whole list needs some tweaking.

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