50 Jobs over $50,000 – Without a Degree (Part 1)The premise of this article is about a list of jobs that anyone can work for, without having a college degree. This article is only part 1 of the list, but he focuses this section on manual labor-based jobs, such as being a carpenter, landscaper, house builder, plumber, and many other high paying jobs. The point Mr. Money Mustache is making, is that most of the country cannot afford to go to college, and shows that there are jobs out there that do not require a college degree. However, the money from these jobs can afford to pay for some college; therefore, these are good jobs to have for students right out of high school or young adults who are struggling to find their career. Additionally, he talks about how much money is made in these jobs. Being a carpenter for example, he writes that "Once you have a good reputation in an area with nice houses and good incomes, it is easy to earn over $50 per hour building things – even things as simple as fences or decks. Kitchens and bathrooms generally pay even better. No formal training required, but it helps to work alongside another good carpenter for a year or two, or take classes at a community college." His description of manual labor jobs illustrate how beneficial they are financially.
(Photo of a carpenter or a house builder.)
I think these manual labor jobs are necessary for our economy, mostly because they are apart of the service industry. Also, they are beneficial to the workers because they gain experience that they can apply to their own house (fixing it, restoration, etc.). I would say that jobs like these are doable for almost anyone who wants to make a high income, as well as gain experience. I do believe that jobs like these would be good for a few years, but not for a career. Additionally I think that people who work in these service jobs should work at these jobs to pay for a little bit of college, so they can at least get an Associates Degree - and Mr. Money Mustache states the same thing. However, these jobs could make good careers due to the amount of money that is earned.