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What are good high paying jobs for a 19-year-old boy that require no experience and no degrees?

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April 05, 2010 4:42PM

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This will be tough. By saying you're young, you have no experience, and no college degree, you are saying you are not especially qualified to do anything in particular.

The job market is like any other market where prices (in this case, wages) are determined by supply and demand. The more limited the supply in a particular field the higher the wages will tend to be. So, for example, if a job requires a college degree, it will tend to pay more because there are only a limited number of people with degrees. The total number of college graduates is a subset of the total population looking for employment.

The one potential special qualification mentioned in your question is that you're a young man. If you're healthy and strong that qualifies for you manual labor jobs that other people couldn't do. Some of these pay well, especially the ones that other people don't want to do. For example, garbage collectors make fairly decent money even though it's an unskilled job that requires no experience or education. Not everyone can do it, physically, and not everyone would want to do it.


19 years old is the perfect age to look into working at a power plant. Some teenagers (18 and 19 years old) earn over $70,000 per year as boiler operators. No college degree needed, and some of those teenagers earn more than their parents.

To find more information about power plant jobs in your area, Google: "high paying power plant jobs in my area". Or find out about a "POSS Test" by doing a Google search. A POSS Test is what many power plants use to pre-qualify applicants for specific power plant jobs that do not require a college degree.

Also, do Google search for: "worker shortage at power plants"


If you have the opportunity, go for railroad work. I've heard that you can make around $30K a year starting.

If you're not interested in that, military pays you and covers living/eating/clothing/medical expenses, coming to about 35K a year value.

Lastly, fireman or law enforcement may be options. I'm not sure what the pay rate there might be, however.


You can work for the USFS as a seasonal firefighter and make about $24K in six months on a hand crew. You do not have to have any experience to start, they do all the training required in-house the first couple of weeks and you are paid for it. The best plan is to find stations where you want to work and talk to people, they will tell you how to apply. You must talk to individual crew leaders about your interest to ensure getting hired.

This is a great way to make a lot of money fast, and in the remaining 6 months of the year do what you wish. I have done this for 7 years. I now have $30K saved and have traveled to over 10 different countries for vacations from 1-5 months long, sailing, scuba diving, backpacking and more!

Other jobs may pay more per year, but you will have to work year round. Especially once you get a few raises and start making $30K or so, you appreciate it is like making $60K/year, but only deciding to work half the year. Also look at jobs with National Parks Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

You can also compare this with other answers. Railroad work for the same amount in a year, but working the ENTIRE time? Or the welder who just now after 13 years is making $57,000/yr? Restaurant workers make about $15K/yr and if on the floor about half of that again in tips. Remember that life is for living, and work to live, not the other way around.

The other benefits of wildland firefighting include: Peak physical fitness, travel to amazing wilderness locations with occasional perks like helicopter flights or witnessing towering infernos of 100ft+ flames engulfing hundreds of acres, intense work builds not just body but mind and personal character/discipline. Challenges are frequent, keeping your human spirit sated with satisfying achievements: this is not some "what is the point of my creating another spreadsheet" office cubicle job.


You might try to get into the building trades as an apprentice. Plumbers and electricians with no experience don't make a lot at the very beginning, but if you have the ability and an aptitude for the work you can advance quite rapidly.


My husband was young with no experience, but was able to find a Ready-Mix Concrete Company that would train him and pay for his CDL. 3 years later he was running his own plant. In Florida new drivers with no experience start around $12/Hr. That's probably low compared to the rest of the nation. Plus, you drive a company paid truck and usually receive good benefits. You do work long hours, but do get paid overtime.


Become a contractor for your local cable company. Most companies will hire anyone with a pulse and provide training for them. A lot of people don't like the work and quit. It is not bad if you stick with it. There are some tools to buy, but most of the time the company you work for will provide them or payroll deduct them. You can make anywhere from $700 to $1500 a week depending on how much you work.


If you live near the coast and you're in decent physical health, consider working offshore. Oil prices are up and there is a labor shortage. I started when I was 26, wish I would have started earlier. It's not easy but an unexperianced roustabout will start at 34k-35k a year. A floorman starts at about 40k.


Hey, I think one of the best things you can do is become a waiter or even bus-boy...if it's a good, popular restaurant, you can make really good money and they're really good at working around school schedules and stuff.


the Seafares International union (SIU) is the best most high paying field out there 90day in school 90 day on ship month off 7 weeks for department you like best work 4-6 month contracts make at least 20,000 in that time 2 months off 120 days upgrade pay up to about 6-8 grand a month


I walked into a welding shop not knowing anything. I cleaned the shop helped welders in handling the steel. As time went by I learned how to weld and fit. As years went by and I moved on to different shops, I learned new ways of building. From that first welding job paying $5.65/hour to this day I'm making $57,000/yr as a machine builder. I can do all types of welding of several types of metals. My mechanical aptitude of computer skills able me to engineer, make prints, and build anything that I can festor up. I recently built my own sawmill I'm now 34 and been welding for 13 years.