Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exploration 8 - Zach

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. 


  1. I really liked your quote that you picked. I also agree with you when you say that these manual labor jobs are necessary.

  2. fixing something your self and having someone else fix it can really make a difference. You save money when you fix things your self, and also you can do it the way you want, rather then other people doing it for you. i really like the quote you picked because reputation is a lot.

  3. fix is high experience that people had. If you work fix job is also good for you because you can fix your own house and your family too. Also, they high income too because interaction had work a lot of money. finally I like you picture and the way explain every things. nice work.

  4. I think it great that there are high paying jobs out there that doesn't always require a college degree, but rather experience and skill.

  5. I really enjoyed reading your blog about list of jobs that anyone can work for, without having a college degree. There many people in this world with no college degree or with a college degree with no good paying jobs that are not aware of manual labor-based. Great Job!

  6. I read this blog also when I was done reading mine because I like what he has to say. I really liked your post about the blog you summed it up very well. Its amazing how easy it can be for people without a degree to get a job but for the most part they just sit at home and complain about the government saying how there isnt enough jobs. really chaps me when lazy people complain about not having a job all they need to do is get online and read articles like these and they would be amazed.


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