Five Careers with six figure salaries that don’t require a degree

Post by Open Colleges on November 06th, 2022

We don’t blame you if you’re looking for a career with a big paycheck. Cost of living pressures continue to be a major issue for Australians. Consumer Pulse data shows that 23 per cent of households are struggling to get by.  

With the cost-of-living spiraling, a steady (and big!) salary is more important than ever before.  Fortunately, there are plenty of options for you.

Check out these five careers with enviable paychecks.


Cyber security specialist

The cyber security industry is facing a massive skills shortage, with a cybercrime being reported every ten minutes in Australia.

A Cyber Security specialist searches for vulnerabilities in networks, software, hardware and data centers. They are responsible for designing strategies and defensive systems to protect against attacks and threats. This is an exciting career with a very enviable paycheck.  The average annual Cyber Security salary in Australia is $120,337.

Production Manager

Production managers are responsible for planning, organising, directing, controlling and coordinating the production activities of forestry, manufacturing and mining organisations. Their day-to-day responsibilities may include monitoring production output and costs, controlling the preparation of production records and reports, and determining, implementing and monitoring production strategies, policies and plans.

The average annual wage for a Production Manager in Australia is $105, 000.

You can become a Production Manager today by enrolling in our BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management.


Construction manager

A Construction Manager plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the construction of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings. The average annual salary for a Construction Manager in Australia ranges from $170,000 to $190,000.

The CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) will equip you for work as a site manager, licensed or registered builder or project manager. Perfect for busy people, this Diploma is delivered online so there are no classes to attend, meaning you study where you want to at a time that is convenient to you.

Budget Analyst

If you’re analytical and detail oriented, then this is the career for you. Budget analysts are in charge of evaluating an organisation's expenditures. They generate, analyse and put budgets into action, while making estimates of future financial need for these concerns.

A person working as a Budget Analyst in Australia typically earns around $113,000 AUD per year.  

You can become a Budget Analyst by studying our nationally recognised FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting.

Human Resources Manager

The average salary for a Human Resources Manager in Australia ranges from $115,000 to $135,000.

A Human Resource Manager oversees employment policies and procedures, recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new employees as well as training, rewards and recognition for current staff. 

HR Managers might also advise and assist other Managers in applying sound recruitment and selection practices and appropriate induction, training and development programs.

Enrol in our BSB50320 - Diploma of Human Resource Management today.

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