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$50k or more: 9 high-demand jobs that don’t need a degree

Jessica Yun
·5-min read
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(Source: Getty)

While Covid-19 is pushing people around the world to reskill, retrain or look outside their industry for jobs, there are some roles that don’t require any formal qualification at all.

As the economy recovers from the recession, unemployment is hitting a peak and jobs are coming back - some more quickly than others.

Recent Seek analysis has revealed nine jobs where a certificate isn’t essential that have skyrocketed in demand since the pandemic hit.

Here’s what they are, in order of growth in demand:

Merchandiser: $50,000

Job ads for this role, which involves planning, coordinating and installing promotional displays in retail stores, have grown by an eye-watering 257 per cent. People often move on from sales assistants to this job.

  • Salary: The most common salary for merchandisers typically falls between $45,000 to $55,000, though it’s not unheard of for merchandisers to earn $70,000 or more.

  • Qualifications: “Merchandisers don’t require formal qualifications, but a Diploma of Visual Merchandising (SIR50217) may be an advantage,” said Seek.

Retail sales assistant: $50,000

As shopping and entertainment hubs reopen, the retail sector is making a comeback. Job ads for retail sales assistants are up 266 per cent, and those in this role are responsible for providing high-quality customer service experiences.

  • Salary: Salaries typical fall between $45,000 and $55,000.

  • Qualifications: While you won’t need a degree, but organisation, communication skills and attention to detail will help you in this role.

Dental assistant: $60,000

Job ads for dental assistants, sometimes known as dental nurses, are up 255 per cent. People in these roles prepare patients for dental examinations and assist dentists with X-rays, treatments and instruments.

  • Salary: The most common salaries for dental assistants are between $55,000 and $65,000.

  • Qualifications: According to Seek, there’s no specific training you need – but a Certificate III or IV in Dental Assisting at TAFE can potentially give you an edge over other candidates.

Retail store manager: $55,000

Like merchandisers and sales assistants, job ads for retail store managers are similarly up by 211 per cent. So if you’re already in a sales assistant position and looking to make the next move, this position might suit you if you’re keen on leading a team and good with communicating sales goals.

  • Salary: In this role, you’ll likely earn between $50,000 and $60,000.

  • Qualification: You don’t need any, but experience in retail will probably be the stepping stone to this position.

Salesperson: $50,000

Hard work will pay off in this job, according to Seek: job ads for this position are up 200 per cent. Salespeople are needed in pretty much every industry, from retail, technology and telecommunications to automotive, media and real estate.

  • Salary: While Seek and Payscale list the common salary for this role between $45,000 to $55,000, commission is often paid on top of a salary and you can typically earn higher in this role with more experience.

  • Qualification: Some roles might require qualifications, but you can also usually learn on the job.

Delivery driver: $50,000

Job ads for this role are up 175 per cent. In this position, you’ll be in charge of transporting items to the public, as well as loading and unloading goods from the truck. You just need to be trustworthy and reliable.

  • Salary: Drivers typically earn between $45,000 and $55,000, but salaries can stretch as high as $75,000 or more in a handful of cases.

  • Qualification: You’ll just have to have a legal driver’s license, but that’s pretty much it.

Warehouse storeperson: $50,000

If you're physically fit and able to carry items around, you can do this job, which will see you receive, store and deliver goods. Job ads for this position are up 160 per cent, according to Seek.

  • Salary: This role generally earns $45,000 to $55,000.

  • Qualification: A forklift license will greatly increase your prospects of being considered for the role.

Personal carer: $100,000

This is a rewarding role that can potentially earn you a six-figure salary – without the need for any prior qualifications. Carers play a huge part in supporting vulnerable individuals, and job ads for this position is up 156 per cent. You’ll administer medication; assist with household duties, and provide support with bathing and eating.

  • Salary: This role typically earns between $85,000 to $120,000.

  • Qualifications: While it isn’t always a must-have, some roles require a Certificate III in Individual Support.

Employment consultant: $60,000

These positions are in high demand right now given so many workers are making changes in their jobs and careers. Job ads for employment consultants have more than doubled, rising 120 per cent. “You’ll need strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ideally have experience in a customer-facing role,” said Seek.

  • Salary: You’ll likely earn between $55,000 and $65,000 in this role.

  • Qualifications: You don’t need a formal qualification.

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