11 High-Paying Blue Collar Jobs with Mike Rowe

College Is Not for Everyone

Rowe, along with a growing group of economists, claim in today's world--in which the only thing guaranteed to college graduates is a heavy load of debt--college may not make sense for everyone. A quick peek at the paychecks that go along with certain jobs, indicates that for some individuals, short-term vocational and career training may be the smartest investment.

This article highlights 11 sometimes icky yet essential jobs that don't necessarily require a college degree, but yield Salary.com median salaries of at least $40,000 a year.