Mark Zuckerberg. Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. What do all three of these individuals have in common? (Besides the fact that they’re some of the most influential tech geniuses in the world!)

Australian jobs

Answer: none of them completed a university degree.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the university pathway – however, that doesn’t mean that you should discount other avenues completely.

In fact, there are many ways you can get a high paying job in Australia… even without a university degree!

In particular, it’s worth looking into what TAFE and TAFE-equivalent courses there are, especially now, thanks to a number of government funded courses helping people of all ages kick-start a career without going to uni.

While you may not end up a multi-billionaire, start with TAFE subsidised courses, work hard, gain work experiences, and you may find plenty of lucrative opportunities waiting for you!

Can you get a job in Australia without a degree?

One common question that international and local students alike will ask is how to get a job in Australia, even without a university degree.

It’s true that some jobs have strict requirements, with some job listings in Australia requiring a degree.

However, there’s also a large number of well-paying jobs that don’t need applicants to finish a university degree in Australia.

What is the highest paying job without a degree?

With so many opportunities out there, it’s hard to to answer definitively what the highest paying role you can find without a university degree is.

Take our word for it though, there are plenty of opportunities if you hold a TAFE/vocational qualification.

For example, according to NCVER, many roles that only require a Certificate-level qualification can see you earning as much as $100,000 to $150,000 annually in Australia even without a university degree.

In particular, our Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery course made the list – something that shouldn’t come as a surprise given our collective love for food!

What jobs are in demand in Australia in 2021?

There’s no one-way path when it comes to success. And that’s a good thing, because it means that there are a lot of opportunities open to you in Australia that don’t require a university degree.

And some of those opportunities include…

Aged care workers

Over the next decade, it’s projected that Australia’s aging population will increase by 4 million by the year 2060.

And that means plenty of demand for aged care workers.

If you’re looking for a long-term career where you can grow professionally, then enrolling in our aged care courses in Melbourne is a great first step in breaking into this rapidly-growing industry.

Financial support for your studies is available thanks to government-funded aged care courses that let you study for free in Victoria if you are eligible. 


Our population isn’t just getting older – it’s also increasingly populated with dual-income households.

With more families having both parents at work, that means more families where the parents might not be able to take care of their kids themselves.

As a result, you can expect childcare services to only grow as they pick up the slack for working families.

Just as with aged care, this is an industry that doesn’t need a university degree to break into – government-funded childcare courses in Melbourne are available to students eager to jumpstart a career in childcare without worrying about the financial burden.

Commercial cooks

Australians – and Melburnians in particular – love food.

Even after the beating the industry took in 2020, predictions that Victoria’s economy is set to rebound extraordinarily.

And that makes establishing a career in commercial cookery a very lucrative venture!

Completing a commercial cookery course could open the door to all sorts of opportunities, which is why you should give serious thought to enrolling in our commercial cookery, patisserie, or hospitality management schools.

Admin officers

One thing that every industry needs? Qualified, experienced admin officers to keep everything running smoothly.

Best of all, it’s possible to start learning and developing leadership and management skills needed to pursue a career as an admin officer without having to go to university.

As we’ve mentioned before, Victoria’s Skills First Funding program is designed to help students break into high-demand industries. While not an industry itself, admin is something that will probably never cease being in-demand.

And as a vocation that’s in high-demand, it means that hopefuls like you may qualify for government funded business administration courses in Melbourne.

Ready to choose your next career path?

So you’ve explored what career prospects are waiting for you.

Now, the next thing you need to do is to determine whether you need to get certified and qualified in the process, and what you’ll need to study to get there.

On top of looking into which courses you’ll need to complete, it’s also a good idea to look into other areas too.

In particular, you’ll want to look at how long it’ll take you to complete your qualification – most certifications and diploma programs will only take you 4 to 6 months, though this can depend – as well as whether or not flexible online learning is an option.

And of course, you’ll want to look into the institution itself!

Enrol in free and subsidised government-funded courses at Academia today!

Once you’ve passed the eligibility requirements needed to enrol in government-funded courses, the next step is to find a certified training provider. 

Academia Institute is a multi-awarded winning College with campuses in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Academia supports a range of government-funded courses in childcare, aged care, leadership management, and more.

Learning is now possible even while you’re at home thanks to our Learning Management System (LMS), giving you a convenient, effective, and high-quality education anytime and anywhere.
For more information, we invite you to check our application process, contact us on (03) 9671 4755, or click here to enquire online.