Useless Degree? How to Get a Good Paying Job to Deal with Your Student Loans
November 14, 2013

Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you have to use it. You may feel like your degree isn’t paying off because either you can’t find a job in your field or because your job opportunities aren’t paying enough to cover your student loans and support yourself. The good news is that even though you may not be able to utilize your degree now, that doesn’t mean this will always be the case.

But in the meantime, you need to deal with your student loan debt and have enough money to live on. This may mean looking outside the bounds of your degree area to fight back against unemployment. This doesn’t mean that you wasted the time you spent in college – it just means you’ve got your priorities in order! Here are some good paying jobs that can help pay the bills and your student loans:

#1 Nuclear Power Plant Technician

Nuclear energy has a strong future, so that’s a plus. And if you have a degree in a science field, that’s an even bigger plus. But even without either of these, if you have a mechanical bent, this can be a great job for the short or long term. Salaries range from the $50,000’s up into six figures. Benefits are excellent and job security is high. If you live near a nuclear plant, this is a job to consider!

Nuclear power plant jobs pay well

Nuclear power plant jobs pay well. Image source:

#2 Elevator Repair and Maintenance

Until we learn to levitate, elevators aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, being an elevator mechanic is a union job that will allow you to apprentice to learn the skills you need. Average pay is around $70,000, annual job growth is in the double digits and at least 20,000 jobs are added each year. Plus, you don’t have to sit behind a desk.

#3 Salesperson

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty and have no mechanical or technical leanings, but are a people person, sales could be a great gig for you. Many white collar sales jobs prefer degreed candidates so at least your education will serve as a foot in the door. Depending on what you’re selling, sales commissions can be excellent and earn you up to six figures per year.

Insurance adjuster jobs are great opportunities

Insurance adjuster jobs are great opportunities. Image source:

#4 Insurance Claims Adjuster

This is another field where a degree (any degree) is a foot in the door. This is another field that’s stable and can off long-term career opportunities. Good benefits and average pay around $29 per hour are standard. There are a ton of insurance companies located everywhere and depending on the type of insurance, you can be a desk jockey or be on the road checking out damaged homes and autos.

#5 Fast Food Management

If you’re already flipping burgers to make ends meet, why not consider moving into management? Fast food management offers steady work and good benefits. They pay isn’t as good as some of the other jobs mentioned above, but is better than flipping burgers. And management looks better on a resume than working drive-thru!

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