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10 high-paying jobs you can get without going to grad school

Jacquelyn Smith
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(REUTERS/Paul Hackett)It turns out you don't need a fancy MBA or law degree to pull in a pretty penny.

That's right: There are plenty of opportunities to earn a six-figure salary without the burden or hassle (or tuition bill!) of graduate school.

On Thursday, TheLadders, a career and job matching resource for professionals, will release a new report on the top-paying careers that don't require an advanced degree.

To compile its list, TheLadders analyzed a year's worth of salary insights from 1.9 million US-based professionals with a bachelor or associate degree to find the careers with the largest concentrations of top earners.

The study identified more than a quarter of a million professionals earning over $150,000 annually in these 10 fields alone.

Here are the top 10 careers, ranked by "Earning Potential," which TheLadders defines as "the average salary of the top 8% of earners in each of these fields without an advance degree":

1. Sales Operations
Earning potential: $213,852
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 19%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $77,896
Hot jobs: Director of Sales Operations (Avg: $126,000), Sales & Operations Manager (Avg: $86,000)

2. Sales (B2C, B2B)
Earning potential: $213,538
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 20%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $77,433
Hot jobs: Director of Sales (Avg: $130,000), Regional Sales Director (Avg: $137,000), Account Executive (Avg: $94,000)

3. Business Development
Earning potential: $211,590
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 24%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $83,348
Hot jobs: Director of Business Development (Avg: $124,000), Manager, Business Development (Avg: $104,000)

4. Supply Chain and Logistics
Earning Potential: $211,458
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 12%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $77,573
Hot jobs: Director of Logistics (Avg: $120,000), Supply Chain Consultant (Avg: $115,000), Global Supply Chain Manager (Avg: $118,000)

5. Product and Brand Marketing
Earning potential: $211,033
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 11%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $73,583
Hot jobs: Senior Brand Manager (Avg: $131,000), Product Marketing Manager (Avg: $103,000)

6. Digital Marketing
Earning potential: $209,755
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 12%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $73,263
Hot jobs:Director of Digital Marketing (Avg: $125,000), Digital Marketing Manager (Avg: $83,000)

7. Public Relations and Communications
Earning potential: $209,747
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 10%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $62,127
Hot jobs: Communications Director (Avg: $100,000), Director of PR (Avg: $96,000)

8. Plan and Facilities Management
Earning potential: $209,202
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 11%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $80,997
Hot job: Director of Facilities Management (Avg: $108,000)

9. Customer Service
Earning potential: $208,577
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 10%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $62,127
Hot job: Director of Customer Service (Avg: $107,000)

10. IT Management & Consulting
Earning potential: $204,634
Professionals in this job earning over $150,000 annually: 13%
Average entry-level salary (under 5 years of experience): $93,328
Hot jobs: Director of Project Management (Avg: $128,000), IT Project Manager (Avg: $100,000), IT Consultant (Avg: $97,000)

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