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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


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


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!

    Our Reps are Earning up to $2000 per week!!

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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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    • cancuners

      I’m curious to know if you have a family to support with this pizza delivery job, or a young person with no real bills or responsibility yet.

      • randal

        and thats why he shouldn’t get any of those things ever lol

      • SymbolicAnimism

        Did you even read the article? The hook asks “are you fresh out of highschool?” Most people aren’t supporting families while balancing house and car payments. The person who wrote thisobviously hasn’t seen that most of these jobs do require experience though. The best jobs for people out of highschool are security, warehouse, and fast food. After 21 more opportunities open up.

  • 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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  • Dude

    This article is terrible…

    –Delivery Driver…for UPS and similar companies you need a CDL plus DOT certifications. Other delivery jobs are low paying and or destroy your personal vehicle.

    –Bill Collector…I’d rather get a job at McDonald’s or Walmart than become a bill collector.

    –Garbage Collector…Extremely physically demanding. That punishment adds up over time. You also need to get a CDL. Which can be expensive.

    –Security Guard…Absolutely terrible job. Janitors make more money than security guards.

    –Bartending…not bad if you are social and need a side gig, but you cannot survive as just a bartender.

    –School Bus Driver…You need a CDL plus a passenger and school bus endorsement. Plus you have to deal with crumb snatchers.

    –Real Estate Broker…this suggestion just leaves me speechless.

    –Entry Level Oilfield Worker…the money made for the physicality of the work is not worth it.

    –Cable TV Installer…these days companies strongly prefer a candidate to have an certifications and or an associates degree in electronics.

    –18 Wheel Truck Driver…It is true that most companies will pay for the CDL, but it is repetitive and to make money you have to drive long routes because it is a per mile salary.

    –HR Assistant…At most places a candidate needs an associates or bachelor’s degree plus clerical experience.

    –Table Games Dealer…Like other industries, they are expecting the candidate to have some formal training before hiring you. Also, to get a license, they do an extremely thorough background check. If you want to make minimum wage and tips, get a job at a fancy restaurant.

    –Taxi Cab Driver…It is dangerous, high stress, and not a lot of money to be made.

    –Library Technician…It is mostly a part time job that requires certifications and or an associates degree.

    –Police Officer…If you want to stay out of the boonies and make money i.e. get hired by a quality department, you need at least 60 credit hours of college or previous experience as an MP. It is stressful, dangerous, and requires a lot of paperwork. After 5 to 7 years a lot of officers are burnt out for one reason or another.

    Bottom line is that in the modern world, education cannot stop at high school. It doesn’t matter if it is trade school, an associates degree, or a bachelor’s degree, people need to increase their knowledge.

    • Bruno Barbosa

      Geez, what an “optimistic” dude you are! LMAO, do you never heard about options? Different choices in life? Or we’ve MUST all have a PhD or be graduate? I don’t think so, everybody makes their choices, some don’t got enough money to pay for higher education, some simply don’t want to, some others already got a job who fulfill their needs and makes them already accomplished professionally and in some cases you can begin with a low/minimum salary and with the time, the experience and being on the right company/firm, get people starting to appreciate your work and that someday could allow you to move up in your company, move up the ladder, you know! ;) And when you’ve got someone who is a hard-working employee, makes everything to get himself better everyday, develop their life, enjoys working (in most cases) rather than someone who’s just simply sited in a front of a computer pretending he/she’s working waiting desperately to get out of his/her job, anyway what I meant to say is that these people has no passion for their job, but yet they manage to receive huge salaries just because they’ve got a degree … You see what I’m trying to convey? Do you see what’s my point? Ok, I’m not saying that all the cases are like this, but we’ve got to admit that a lot of “them” (CEOs, etc) are like this, but this is just options, and if you think a little bit more “outside the box” you’ll see a “modern world” (lol) with a lot of successful people who never got into colleges or don’t have a college degree like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Ralph Lauren and so as many other successful cases. But in a nutshell what I wanted to convey to you is that everybody has the right to make their own choices and in the final what it really matters is if we have been truly happy in our life or we just wasted our lives away. ‘Cause as I usually say when we go to “down there” all the things stay here (material assets, possessions, Money), and then what is going to remain here? Our true legacy? So, my advice to you is for you start considering being a little more Humble and optimistic about life and you’ll see what life’s going to give you back! ;) Even if it’d only a smile, it was already worth it! :) #LoveandPiece ?????

      • Leah Arielle

        He isn’t “optimistic” or “pessimistic”. He is a realist. Life sucks. Optimism is useless.

    • George Arteaga

      Really? You wasted your time typing all this. Actions speak louder than words bud.

    • Kyle Ives

      so what the fuck are you doing with yourself?

  • ak

    I don’t consider many of these jobs ‘no experience necessary’ jobs. I mean, that’s the way I interpret it-it almost seems like the individual that wrote this is using ‘no degree’ interchangeably with ‘no experience’. To me, ‘no experience’ would mean you could literally have no experience, & apply for the job. A police officer you have to go to school first. Plus depending on which city you live in, you may need some college. Also good luck getting a job in a library even if it’s just a tech. Same with bartending-sure, there’s a chance you may find some corner bar willing to take a chance on you, but most of the time they want experience. Even the little hole in the wall bar likely has someone else that applied that has some experience at least. And a big-rig truck driver? I’ve never heard of any that don’t require a CDL, which again, means more schooling. Not that there’s anything wrong with more schooling, but that doesn’t pay the bills in the meantime, & the article is misleading.

  • Sébastien St-Pierre Robert

    This article is quite useful, but it’s dotted with governmental propaganda.

  • Vloggerazzi

    This article is a crock. Unless you know someone in the company, the majority of these jobs you need at least a year’s experience in to even be considered. Some you may need a few weeks to a few months training/schooling.

  • hannah beuree

    I am a 50yr old woman who worked full time and raised both my boys myself without any help since their dad passed away and did just fine, since i was 17yrs old. Because of certain circumstances i have had custody of my grandson since a baby and had a new relationship for many, many yrs. I was lucky enough to be able to stay home and raise him only needing to work part time, caring for elderly in their home. Financially we were fine. Well 9 mths ago my relationship walked out the door, i was laid off in the same mth. My grandson is now 15. My unemployment ended last mth, have been through all my savings. I have been looking everywhere for a job. Noone will hire me. Im broke, ready to be evicted, and dont seem to have any prospects. My grandson is such a good boy, ready for his drivers permit in couple wks. Im so scarred of disappointing him. My worse fear is we’ll end up homeless and penniless. All i keep hearing is i have no experience. I worked in drs offices, dialysis, always in medical field, but unfortunately its been over 10 yrs. Its like i never worked. No one will give me a chance.
    Im a hard worker, very reliable, honest, a fast learner. And if given opportunity i would work as many hrs as i could to give my grandson life he is used to and deserves. Ive tried everything. I live in chicopee MA. If anyone could pls help me with a job i wouldnt dissapoint. Im scarred and desperate. I dont know where to turn. Went on this site to see what info i could receive. Would be eternally grateful. [email protected] thank u

    • Renee Hetrick-Lamp

      I was in the same situation have you thought of starting a fundmenow page? If so please give me the link and I will share it on my Facebook.

  • anniebell

    can i get one job im only 11

    • Anonymous

      Short answer? No.

      Long answer? Nooooooooooooo.

  • Mahmudul Islam

    Nicely written

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