When it comes to finding a job, few workers have greater difficulty than high school dropouts. A report released last week by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reaffirms that those with more education have an easier time finding work than those with less.
While the unemployment rate for four-year college graduates stands at about 4.5 percent, joblessness among those with only a high school diploma is nearly six times that -- 24 percent, according to the report, "The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm" (via U.S. News & World Report).
As PayScale notes, however, though it's possible to land one of these jobs without a high school degree, the odds will be stacked against you. Much of your success will depend upon your skill and ability, whom you know, and working your way up the ladder.
You'll also note that these jobs are in similar fields. Georgetown University's research shows the majority (60 percent) of the jobs that will soon become available to high school dropouts will be in just four sectors -- three of which are dominated by men: transportation, distribution and logistics; architecture and construction; and manufacturing. The remaining sector, hospitality and tourism, is dominated by women.
With these limitations in mind, here are nine good-paying jobs for which a high-school dropout may be eligible.