Good Easy Cushy Job That Pays over 85k No Degree No Qualification Just Get in The Door Type Deal

So working life is going great but I always want more so I'm here to ask for advice on any jobs that don't require any degree or qualifications that I can maybe get into that pays more than 85k.. Not even making half that now..

Bonus points if the work is pretty lax labour wise but honestly I'm open to anything (no funny answers) huuurr durrr no drug dealer, hand jobs or other stupid answers for jobs.

I was thinking of getting into mining but I think all those jobs are high skill jobs and I can't drive continuously for too long at least right now because of health fatigue reasons but that will clear up once I put my health in the right direction and stop abusing and over exerting my body for no reason.

So anybody want to chime in with what they do and if it's easy to get into and does not require any barriers to entry like a degree or qualification.. I'm fine with doing short courses maybe if the payout is great but I'm not going back to uni again for 3 - 5 years if the prospects are shaky.


        • As long as you're comfortable with looking into peoples mouths. I know I would be fired on the first few days, for either making eww faces or barfing.

          • @Ughhh: The nurses don’t that. They just hold the suction. They get paid just to hold the suction and clean the room after a patient.

            • @Cynicaloflife: I would assume you would have to look where you're holding the suction, or whatever tools the dentist needs help with.

              • @Ughhh: Yep. Can’t avoid that.

                • @Cynicaloflife: Decent option if OP is keen to learn and is willing to do the stuff, but doubt the 85k is realistically achievable especially if just starting out.

                  Bit of a steep learning curve if starting out, and if OP is not willing to learn I doubt many clinics (and dentists) will have the patience to fully train them up.

                  • @mrfuku: 85K starting out may be difficult to achieve. But the work itself is cruisy and easy to pick up with no stress. All the responsibility is on the dentist if the assistant makes a mistake

                    At the moment, it is extremely difficult to source assistants with good assistants extremely difficult to find. There are some Dentists not working a coupe of days as they can’t even source anyone.

                    If the Dentist and the assistant don’t get along, then it is normally the Dentist who gets fired as it is easier to find a replacement Dentist.

                    Career progression: Assistant -> senior assistant -> practice manager (run the clinic) -> practice owner (you don’t need to be a dentist to own a dental clinic).

                    If you want to climb the corporate ladder, joining companies like Bupa and becoming a manager can be very profitable.

                    It may start a bit low but potential is high especially if you build your own clinic and then hire dentists to work there.

  • Many jobs require no qualification but talent. 85k-150k easily but at the end of the day, it's your ability to perform.

    • I can perform and cross my I's and dot my T's just give me some ideas to go from like job names and descriptions I am basically trying to ask and find people who may have found or come across a high paying cushy job that may have thought was otherwise and to post them here so I can maybe give it a shot.

      Knowledge is power!

      • +5

        "cross my I's and dot my T's"

        Let us all know when you find that job.

        • +3

          Don't know how to respond to this comment you have broken me.

  • +2

    I'm always surprised that having a degree is considered by many to be some unattainable endeavour, a deal breaker, and leave it at that.

    Getting a degree is not challenging. I definitely studied more in high school than at uni (but bugger all for both really). Commerce degree FWIW.

    • -4

      too many sights to see too many things to do too many things to achieve.. time is money friend

  • Become a swimming pool lifeguard. It's a relatively easy job (stand around and tell people off), but involves long hours. And trust me, you don't need to be that good a swimmer.

    • $/hr? might be a nice change looking at chicks in bikinis than stinky rubbish bins

      • You'll spend most of your time breaking up drunks fighting.

        • I am non confrontational so maybe not a good career path for me.. best I can do is say hey stop stop please I am going to think about calling the cops maybe not sure ok maybe not but please stop fighting please.. is that ok?

          oh and all of this with my hands behind my back.

  • +2

    Parking Inspector?

    • -2

      Can't drive.

      • +3

        Don't have licence or still no car?

        • both opal card all the way baby sometimes taxi's

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      They are now called as socal media influencers

  • +5

    Also, have you considered joining Masterfoods in their pepper department?

    You could help them shake things up by selling industrial quantities of pepper to households.

  • +1

    Train drivers earn a LOT of money.

    • oh that gravy train is about to stop - driverless trains coming as technology evolves most of the mining jobs can be done by robots

      • People say this but our governments having the budget to afford this technology is at least 50 years away. It's easy to say the technology will make the job obsolete but you have to remember the technology has to be paid for and implemented.

    • It used to be Pilots are the most well paid and cushy positions then Pandemic saw pilots sacked like nobody's business - many are now on welfare because like it or not pilots can only do one thing. They have no other skills, if they are smart then can start a business with the money they made over the years ( mostly overpaid salary - non budget airlines BTW) or if not like first or second officers, they may as well be in a cal centre or sell insurance, they have absolutely no other skills. Full fledges pilots even worse - they have been flying 30 years so what else can they do? It's not like in the cockpit you do plenty of conflict resolution, heck they don't even know how to serve customers. It's not like they know how to manage people either as that is not their duty. Yes in a flight incident they do need to take charge but which rarely happens these days and lucky if you come back alive, most don't in serious incidents which only at that time you can see all the pilots skills coming out.
      Airline executives make more than airline pilot and just sitting in the office without just so much as turning any knobs. Go figure The only thing airline executives have to cut is bonus during pandemic none have to resort to job keeper or job seeker but pilots have to. go figure again

      • +1

        The airline industry should recover eventually, and with that they will need the pilots back. I'd say most of them are on a 1 - 2 year unexpected career break.

        • Even after suffering 20% pay cut they probably still fetching $80k a year sitting at home doing nothing. For example pilots from SIA.

        • you must think most people can not have no certainty for ongoing known amounts of cash coming in for 2 years or so.
          Most people will have their house repossessed by then.

          Also Pilots needs hours of flight to be able to safetly fly real people. all of them if not most will have shortage of flying time by the time this is over to be able to pass the tough CASA Civil Aviation Safety Authority federal laws. This will need to be slowly built up, perhaps another 12 months on top if lucky ( if all countries open to flying and no one is competing with you for the job )

    • agree but hard to get into if you have a tap.. they seem to want women only these days

  • Truck driving. Wages are on excess of 85k on a hr you would be looking at around 100k 11-12 hours of work a day. Pay rages from 24.50 to 31 bucks.

    • +3

      i don't think anyone would agree that truck driving is cushy
      as you said long hours plus driving massive vehicles all day sometimes in heavy traffic

      • +1

        Indeed. Stressful, unsocial hours and you will end up with a bad back if you do it long term.

      • +2

        I am a truckie and yes there are it's negative but for a low skilled bloke the wages are pretty descent in my opinion. Have worked way harder for way less dollars in the bank in past professions.

    • +1

      Not many people like driving
      Not many people like working more than 8 hours a day
      Not many people like waking up super early and finishing late
      Not many people like traffic
      Not many reasons to drive a truck haha

      I’ve been at it 10+ years in the big rigs and it is definitely not for everyone.
      It’s not cushy, its not clean, its hard yakka whether your doing local work or long haul.

      There are some easier jobs driving trucks around but the pay will be lower or bad equipment, bad management. You never really hit the perfect driving job where you think wow… great pay, great management great working gear great work/home balance.

      But as a pleb with no school education it works for me and is very doable to do 100k+ a year

      • +1

        Went up the road for 13yrs.. great job - i loved it.

        but once family came along, it sucked, so got into IT… hate it :(

        • Family first, was a good decision mate.

          Better to have your family and a job you dislike then no family and a job you love.
          Many a broken home in transport workers lives

          I love a long run, but hard on the family so dont do it much.

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  • Shift work

  • +7

    Dude. Take a look at what you wrote you want and how you described yourself in this thread. Would you hire you?

  • +1

    Serious answer: some government jobs. Unfortunately, ones this good (zero qualification needed and high salary) are the result of corruption, so you definitely need to know someone on the inside.

    Legal Aid receptionist is one real-life example.

    • LOL. In what world is a legal aid receptionist either cushy or well paid? You'd be on near minimum wage and have to deal with screaming/irate/violent people coming through the door all day.

      • Your guess is wrong on both counts.

        One friend-of-a-friend got one of those "your mark was so low we won't tell you what it was" results when she graduated high school, but her aunt worked in the Legal Aid office so she was given the receptionist job at 80k a year. Fresh out of High school, no experience or training required.

        She said it was easy. The worst she ever had to deal with was people trying to get legal aid despite having multiple investment properties, but all she had to do was let them fill out the paperwork and take it. It was someone else's job to call them up later and let them know they had way too much money to qualify for free legal help.

  • Professional gambler if it has not been given yet. Take 40K bet on small or big once a year. You have 50% probability of winning. Simple as that.

  • +1

    Really, getting to that level of income, as pretty much everyone has said, is mostly sheer luck and sheer freaking determination.

    I literally went from $42K in Hospitality to $70K in Insurance Broking within 3 years but, that's because I decided to become a bulldog who doubled as an information sponge.

    If you are keen, you can get into Insurance Broking with no quals for it since they train you but, they prefer some kind of transferable skills, particularly customer service.

    In the meantime, LinkedIn are advertising for WFH Data Entry jobs if you're in need atm.

  • Another for you mate, be a professional gigolo if you have the looks, built and charisma.

    • Women Pay Me To Give Them Pleasure

  • +5

    Sure thing, I currently work for Services Australia for Centrelink in a Smart Centre (Call centre) and have for the last 5 years as an IIE, the pay is $38/hr weekdays, $57/hr Satudays, $76/hr Sundays, $95/hr Public holidays. You start off with 3 months of full time training then get to choose your shifts every fortnight. Last year I cleared 95K before tax. The job interview process was and is still very straight forward, you lodge an EOI on their website, they ask you a couple questions on the phone, the main one being 'What does customer service mean to you?', Then they'll ask you to come in at the end of the phone call to fill out some paperwork and that's it, no daunting interview on you, just pump staff in and train em up. The work can be kinda tough depending on what you get stuck with, but very easy if you get something like earnings reports.

    Forgot to mention: 15.4% Super ;)

    • Wow. just working in call centre picking up shitty calls from grumpy individual who can't get their handouts to fetch 95K with 15.4% super.

      • +1

        Honestly, lots of people go into the job expected grumpy people and abusive calls and that hardly ever occurs.
        If someone calls in a bomb threat we get to go home with pay for the rest of the day.

        We have even easier lines for 'Basics Cards' and speak to members of indigenous communities and just tell them their balance on their card, got stuck doing nothing but that for 6 months, was boring but it was super easy.

        Also if your shift ends after 18:30 you get an extra 15% on the entire shift, not just the time after 18:30

        • +1

          wow, any vacancy?

          • +1

            @spedohero: Plenty. they're almost always hiring due to high turnover rate and increased demand, tonnes of call centre's around!


            • +1

              @DisabledUser339276: High turnover means people aren't happy even if the money is ok.

              • +1

                @Brianqpr: Lots and lots of uni students get the job and work there to accommodate their current situation than move onto a career afterwards, also the 'tough' part mentioned before, there can be lots of processing, some claims can take up to 6 hours to complete and you need to learn all the relevant legislation that goes along with it and then sometimes it can be extremely repetitive, i.e. working on the basics card line. Most people treat as another job in the interim before moving on with their 'career'. Many reasons for turnover and I'd say difficulty of certain departments would reduce happiness and be an absolute killer but man, the chicken schnittys for $4 (subsidised canteen) are the best god damn schnitty's I've ever had and make the job worth it everyday

            • @DisabledUser339276: I'd apply as I absolutely hate my job as a lawyer (which also pays much less), but the 'short term' nature of the roles that would be advertised there, with no guarantee such contracts will be renewed, doesn't give me confidence to jump ship.

              • @Shiny Mew: I've been there about 5 years and half of my original intake of 40 people are still here, there hasn't been any lay offs in that period of time and you can always move to a full time role after 6 months and go down and go on standard APS 4 salary which is $64,545-$69,727 depending on role, which doesn't include weekends or super, contracts have been getting renewed 2 years at a time, they offer 'Working Holidays' as well which is nice, I got to visit QLD, NT and WA and work there for a couple of days while on a couple weeks holiday visiting friends and family and the job transfer process is super easy. Had a few friends in Perth move to Victoria and get transfers with their job to the same office I'm in.

                • @DisabledUser339276: what is the location of work - is it CBD or somewhere interesting?

                  • @pharkurnell: All over the place, they've got office everywhere!
                    2 in WA, 1 Perth, 1 Bunbury, 1 in Casuarina(NT), a couple in QLD (GC and Brisbane), Few in NSW, Couple in VIC (Bendigo, Ballarat, Bentleigh, CBD, Dandenong etc

                • @DisabledUser339276: so whats the highest APS level you can go in your current role?

                  • +1

                    @spedohero: I could transition to an APS4/5 no worries if I wanted to move into a permanent(APS4) or Team Leader based role(APS5) but there's always vacancies for other roles to move into EL1 and EL2 transitioning into Management/Senior Management or higher level of business involvement.

    • That's good, you could work Sunday to Wednesday then get a 3 day weekend, and still get the equivalent full time salary.

    • Serco just sacked over 400 Centrelink call center people in Dandenong and Mill Park.

      • +1

        Serco employee's also got $23/hr, only provided their staff 2 weeks of initial training, when new things came up to be trained in they didn't get 2-3 weeks training for the new departments they got given a booklet and constantly did things wrong causing incorrect payments and leaving recipients with debts all over the place. Services Australia ended up fining Serco $200k+ for not meeting their obligations they promised to meet.

        Those 2 sites are now hiring staff directly as they've given Serco the boot.

        • Haven't Serco taken over now? That's what the articles I read say. Or is it for certain locations?

    • Interesting. Is there much weekend work going usually?

      • +1

        Fairly regularly, depends on what payments and claims you're trained in and if it's peak period.
        You need to be there at least 6 months before they advertise it unless something like COVID happens
        You can only work 12 days in a row tops though.

  • +1

    Try and find some IT Project Coordinator roles (Junior roles would be best).

    My role very cruisy, and no degree needed. It basically is a lot of admin-ish stuff, like meeting minutes and KPI reports.

    Junior roles would be around ~60k, and once you get experience there is plenty of demand.

    No tech experience needed, but exposure is handy.

    Essentially also a foot in the for project management, which will bring in the big bucks $$

  • +4

    Are you high bro

  • +2

    Be a fake guru.

    • +1

      Jay Shetty #2?

    • Be a guru

    • See the documentary on how to do this. I think it's called Umbrella Academy Season 2.

  • start a cult, it might be easier than you'd expect

  • +1

    Seriously, man, become a politician and I'll vote for you. I seriously just vote for the minority as long as they're educated, can communicate well and not a crackhead.

  • +1

    Enlist in ADF.

  • "She doesn't have to go to work, but she doesn't want to stay in bed, cause it's changed from something comfortable to something else instead"

  • +3

    Marry into wealth. No Qualification or Education required!!!

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  • +1

    As a serious answer…
    spend 6-12 months studying to become a IT security analyst. At $85k you would defiantly be on the lower end of the scale, probably end up in a medium sized business. Apart from the stress if the business does get hacked, it’s a pretty easy low stress job that pays well. It’s also an area that’s booming, so a good field to get into now.

    • Low stress until 180 servers get ransomware attacked in last few weeks :'(

  • +2

    Try prostitution maybe?

  • +1

    IT Project manager. You'll need basic ms excel skills, report updates to management, hold lots of meetings and get everyone else to do tasks.

  • Dropshipping done right.

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  • AlienC within these posts there are a bunch of suggestions - some realistic some not. Why don't you put the realistic ones into a table together with your own ideas, write down the pros and cons of each one then make a decision and go hard with the chosen option.

    While it is rare to earn 85k + without a qualification or relevant experience (at least initially), I still think you could improve on your current circumstances.

  • +1

    AlienC - You mention you want to have free time to pursue other things - what are your hobbies & interests right now? Can you find a career path that exploits those interests at all?

    I'm a software engineer/developer - but I like computers & stuff like that, so they kinda go hand in hand, and it's easy to stay interested & skill-up.

    I was underpaid compared to industry average in my first few jobs but I didn't really care because I could feel myself soaking up knowledge & information from GOOD mentors -> You can always learn / study on the job (which is what a lot of people without degrees do!)

    "Time is money my friend"…. well I'd counter-argue that with: "Time well spent allows you better money" with potentially more-than linear growth. But the people I meet who are 'talented' and get paid the big bucks are people who are really interested in their field.

    So I ask again - what do you like doing / reading about / what do you talk about with friends a lot?

    Edit: Going to work with people with similar interests also makes work more interesting. (That's kinda why diversity is important in the workplace - you find someone you can talk to & get along well with)

    • Hey, I'm looking for a new job with around 2-3 years experience in software engineering what pay would you recommend me to ask for? I'm wondering if I'm underpaid right now and not sure how much more to ask for in a new role or existing one.

      • It depends on location (at least pre-COVID) & what industry you are a SW engineer in?
        Try playing around in glassdoor average salary calculators (or if you have really good EI & judgement, ask your colleagues / uni friends what they're getting paid)

        Web Tech (in a big popular company), Consultants & Stock Trading industries seem to have relatively high pay scales - but you can still get paid fairly well working in an embedded company if it's doing really well & the leaders appreciate they have to pay well to attract the best engineers.

        Tip: Try to go for a role where generating software is part of the revenue stream, and not a part of the 'costs' of running a company. Finance people are more willing to throw money at something that generates revenue, rather than something that looks like it's a 'cost' to maintain something (e.g. writing software for an internal system that's just to keep day to day tasks running)

        • Java/Scala Rest APIs with springboot or dropwizard and AWS deployment with docker containerization, with usually working on enterprise applications. I'm going into a few interviews in the next few weeks and have no idea how much I can ask for or how much I should be asking for. I'm in Sydney also.

          Thanks for the advice, I have only been looking at tech oriented companies since I feel tech usually gets ignored at ones that don't rely on it as their product.

          • @POSITIVEVIBESONLY: Admittedly I'm not as experienced in 'asking' for more money - mainly because I've been lucky & the HR process for my last 3 companies is literally to offer you what they think you are worth relative to the rest of the staff. That's generally been in line with my own expectations.
            I think the aim is to reduce bias where people who look good or can talk their way though things get inflated salaries over the more introverted type (Also helps remove bias when we bring in diversity / gender equality arguments as well)

            My biggest break was when my silly recruiter did not listen to my request for at least $X when I applied for one company and told them $X - $10K behind my back (in order to seal-the-deal & get the commission as he knew they wanted me). The company said no, that was inappropriate, I was worth $X + $5K base at the least given my experience: HR don't want to lose someone they put so much effort in hiring neither. If they offer too little then some other recruiter can come along and poach me away within 6 months -> well before the ROI has been done.

            I don't use recruiters anymore that's for sure - but I can understand if you're younger in your career you may need the extra exposure.

            • @wimphrel: Thanks for the insight, I have mainly been dealing with inhouse recruiters so it's better.

              I'll see how I go with these interviews and look at asking for the market rate.

      • Depends on the technology you have experience in and where you are located

  • Lots of financial institutions are looking for financial counselors talking to people in financial hardship.

    In the current economic state, they're in high demand and not a hard job as long as you can do basic arithmetic, empathetic and have your head screwed on.

    Bonus points if you can make your job more efficient (smart way of saying 'find shortcuts') which means you'll teach others to be more efficient and work your way to becoming a team leader (less phones, more telling people what to do) and then you'll be closer (not quite) to your $80k.

    edit: spelling

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