NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Despite what teachers may say, high school dropouts do have career options, they just aren't always very lucrative ones.Workers without a high school degree earn an estimated $973,000 in their lifetimes, roughly $330,000 less than they would with a high school diploma and only a fraction of the $2.3 million one earns with a bachelor's degree, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. That means high school dropouts, on average, earn $24,000 a year, or $11.40 per hour.
|If you never graduated high school, there are several professions that offer the best prospects for a decent salary and some job security.|
Working as a construction manager or supervisor could be a dream job for someone without a high school degree, at least in terms of salary. Construction managers earn an estimated $1.5 million in their lifetime with less than a high school education -- though they could earn nearly twice that amount with a bachelor's degree -- and first-line managers of construction and extraction workers actually earn an estimated $1.7 million on average throughout their career. Best of all, according to the BLS, this occupation's employment is expected to increase by 17% between 2008-18.
Estimated lifetime earnings: $1.5 million
Percent of occupation with high school diploma or less: 34.8%