5 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get With A High School Qualification

Truth is, many parents simply cannot afford to send their children to university even with a bursary, since there is just no money. Often they would need them to enter the workforce immediately to help put food on the table. It’s an unfortunate and harsh reality.

Let’s take a look at five jobs toward the top of this list, and what PayScale data indicate you can expect to earn in one of these positions.

These jobs pay well but require no qualification.

Developers, especially Java, C#, iOS, Android, and PHP:

Demand for good developers is high and salaries are good. And you don’t need a degree. In fact, while a diploma will come in handy, you can learn online or teach yourself. Salaries for experienced and talented developers hit R1,2M per year.

Digital marketing positions:

With a certificate from a digital training college, a good head on your shoulders and the right personality, you could get your foot in the door at a digital marketing company. With experience you could earn up to R720,000 per annum.

Flight attendant:

You could be earning the big bucks if you work for top airlines like Emirates (although this requires relocation to the Middle East), since the money earned is in dollars and not taxed, but if you’re looking to stay in SA, you can still earn up to R420 000 a year. To become a flight attendant, you can do a short course at places like Damelin.


If you work in the right restaurant (busy and expensive) and you’re prepared to do in-house training and work 60 to 70 hours per week, you could bring in around R30 000 – R40 000 per month in salary plus tips.

Real estate agent:

Apparently with this job, you could make anything from R100 000 – R500 000 per annum. To become a qualified estate agent you would need to start as an “intern agent” at any real estate agency under the supervision of a qualified agent or principal for a full 12 months during which time you are required to keep a logbook. Once your 12 months have been completed you will be allowed to complete the NQF 4 course which you can do online.

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