Best Jobs to Retire Early

What are the best jobs for retiring early or just living a financially good life?   My first instinct would be to go on paths that we are strongest in, which is why I’ll have a career you can pursue regardless of your academic ability, financial background, or abilities.  

Unlike most articles, the jobs I’ll share are actually realistic jobs.  For example, I’m not going to tell you to just start Microsoft at 18 just because Bill Gates did it in the past.  However, if you are Bill Gates watching this video, sure, go ahead and do this.  The reason why I list this example is because I’m not going to tell you to day trade, start a company, become a youtuber, or anything like that because they come with a lot of risk.  I’m going to give you high success rate ways to do this.  

The demographics covered will be people who did not go to college or went to a bad college, or went to a prestigious college.  Within those 3 categories, I will cover careers for people with only 1 of the following:  people who can work hard, people who have quantitative skills, and people with strong interpersonal skills.  Obviously it’s best to have all 3, but the majority of us don’t.  Surely you fit one of these categories.  

Bad/No College and No Money

Alright,let’s say you are not strong at school and cannot get into a good and affordable college.  You have some really great options: Join the Trades, just kidding.  Learn to code.  Just kidding.  Do NPC streaming and start an onlyfans (slurp slurp slurp) okay, maybe that one isn’t kidding, but not everyone can do that.  

For real though, even if you can’t get into a good college, you probably have other skills and we can use those to create a good life to go from lower class to middle or even upper middle.  There are 3 categories of people I’ve identified:

  1. Those who can work hard
  2. Those who have strong interpersonal skills
  3. Those with strong quantitative skills

If you have none of those, do the minimum wage method I talked about earlier because you don’t really have any other choice. Or Join the Trades, just kidding.  Learn to code.  Just kidding.  

Working hard

The first category sucks.  Working hard bad.  But hey, if you aren’t gifted in something, then you gotta pay up in effort. But if you do have the ability to work hard, what career path should you choose?

Honestly, some of these options I’m going to show don’t actually even require working hard, just some dedication.  There are 4 industries I think are good: Military, Transportation, Healthcare, and Emergency Services.

Let’s start with the military.  Yeah it’s gonna suck, but in the US, they pay for a lot of schooling after you serve and you essentially just live your life minus a few years compared to your straight to college counterparts.  Sometimes they pay for a lot of living expenses like housing, so you can pretty much keep your entire salary.  You can even stay in the military forever and try to rise up the ranks.  Their salaries are all public and are very decent.  If you get messed up, you can get money for the rest of your life too in some cases, but obviously, this is compensation for something bad happening. 

Military sucks though, let’s be real, I am not tough enough for it, and you might not be either.  Well what about transportation?  Let’s start with truck driving.  Did you know that the average truck driver makes around 60,500 without a college degree.  Ones with a college degree earn 61,500.  There’s pretty much no difference, and 60k goes a long way in the US as long as you aren’t living in a major city.  Other good jobs are railroad conductors, bus drivers, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers.  Note that some of these require training, but some don’t.  For example Air traffic controllers make on average 122,900 as of 2020, but requires a lot of training and is high stress.  If you are attractive, maybe become a flight attendant with a median wage of 56,640, then slide my DMs after.  All in all these jobs are very doable for most, but the driving ones probably not for me because of… well, look at my skin color. 

Healthcare is very interesting because nursing exists.  Nursing is a high salary job (100k+ median) that does not actually care about which college you went to.  You can literally go to the lowest ranked nursing program and get employed at a good salary because nurses are in such high demand.  I would just take a loan and go to the cheapest college with a nursing program and then become an RN.  There are other fields you can choose but you need an associate’s degree or some form of training such as becoming a dental hygienist or medical sonographer or LPN (45k), but the salary to education cost and years spent payoff is not the same as a nurse.  Nursing can literally bump you to upper middle class salaries in 4 years of school.  It’s actually hidden OP.  The only catch is that nursing is draining.  To make 100k as an RN, you need to work 4 days a week with 12 hour shifts.  Typically, nurses work 3 days for 12 hours and can sometimes do night shifts, and those make on average 75k.  However, since nurses get 4 days off, many nurses use that time to work more jobs.  Travel nurses who work by a contract can make 200k or more.  Hell, I know one personally who makes 300k, but he does some weird stuff that maybe not everyone can replicate.  Nursing is also good because there’s expansion of salary if you really want more.  You can get a Master’s and become an NP (111k at 3 days a week) and a DNP (83-180k.  Oddly there’s no reliable median amount I’ve found and I’m too lazy to dig deeper).  

The last category is Emergency Services such as becoming a Firefighter or Police Officer.  Notice how we are listing out some of the most classic professions?  So this last category is a bit weird. Some states require college credits, some don’t, so I will say just look at your state laws, use google, and figure out if this way works for you assuming none of the other options fit your fancy.  I’d rank firefighter and police officer as military lite.  It’s definitely dangerous and less perks, but you get to be at home and live like regular people.  I think Police Officers require you to be 21 as well, so you could maybe screw around for 3 years before trying.  I think overall police officer might be a little bit better than firefighters because of more upward mobility, but that’s a debatable topic.  

Let’s move onto the next category of people which is those with interpersonal skills.

Interpersonal Skills

If you have strong interpersonal skills, sales is the easiest path to a decent life, though it will be very difficult and a definite grind with emotional ups and downs.  Explore industries like real estate or software sales.  Hell, if you are good looking, do pharmaceutical sales and then again slide my dms.  All these careers make somewhere in the range of 30k to 200k.  It really just depends on how good you are, but you didn’t choose this career path because you suck at sales, you chose it because you are good at it, so hopefully you are on the higher end.  Boom, you are already middle to upper middle class.  There’s really not much else to it.  Sales is great because you have so much upward mobility as well.  You can start small, maybe you sell telephone plans, then you move on to selling cars, then you move on to selling software or other products.  You can continue to sell more and more expensive products to get higher and higher commissions.  For example, many people on wall street are just salesmen… they just make much much higher commissions.  Sales has great upper mobility, but it does depend on the industry.  For example, as a car salesman, you live and die off of your commision, but you might eventually get promoted to being a general manager of a car dealership and those people make 500k+. Salesmanship can even trickle into entrepreneurship if you decide to pursue that later on.   I do not recommend starting a company at 18 because you have no safety net.  Safety net is a luxury of the rich.  If you are truly starting from nothing at 18, it would be very stupid to start your own company unless you started building it at 14.  However, after a few years of sales and building your own safety net, you can probably pivot into starting your own business if you want to take risks and make even more money.

I know what you are going to say next: “This all sounds great.  I want to do sales, but there are no good companies in my area to get a job from”.  Well move.  If you have good interpersonal skills, you will be able to adjust to new places to live in.  Also car dealerships are everywhere.  Go work at the closest one for a few years and then move after to a place with big companies.  

Quantitative Skills

Okay, what if you are incapable of conversation, what should you do?  LeArN to CoDE xD.  Before you click off this video because of this dumb cliche, hear me out.  I already gave you a bunch of opportunities if you can’t code, and those who think college degrees are required to code don’t actually know what coding is.  First off, there are many levels to the learn to code meme.  You can actually learn to code which requires actual intellectual skills, or you can just learn how to use popular software and then work at companies that need help on that application.  This would only require thinking skills not much higher than knowing how to use an iphone.  For example, you can take a bootcamp teaching you how to use SalesForce and make around 90k a year.  You literally work in a nice air conditioned office or from home and just help random companies use SalesForce.  This is true for so many other applications.  Look at other CRM tools or other stuff like SEO.  You just need to get a certification such as through taking a bootcamp and you are good to go.  

What about actual coding? Well again, bootcamps.  Many bootcamps don’t require you to pay until you get a job.  Yeah, you won’t land a job at google, but you’ll still be making good money, maybe 90k, which is more than enough.  You can then scale this much harder because coding is literally OP.  It’s one of the few tools available to most people that allow you to multiply your productivity.  Coding is also as close as you can get to a pure meritocracy.  The best coders get rewarded very handsomely, and no one cares about your background if you can get the job done.  Trust me, I’ve been hiring people to build websites and I don’t look at college degree.  I look at people’s past work instead and see what they can actually do.  

Now that we have covered so many situations for not being able to get into a good college, imagine if you combined any of the 3 categories we talked about before.  

If you hit the brain jackpot and have coding abilities mixed with interpersonal skills and good work ethic, then starting online businesses are extremely easy to do and very profitable.  This can be an immediate ticket to the upper class.  

I almost forgot, there’s a 4th category which is being super attractive and starting an OnlyFans. So again, just stick to your strengths.  There’s something out there for everyone to make solid money.  

Good College or rich parents

Some great careers are obviously going to be in finance, tech, and other professions.  The only prerequisite of working on Wall Street is going to a good college.  They pretty much hire most people who show any bit of effort through their on campus recruiting.   You just have to be at what’s called a Target School.  Getting into finance from a non-target is not impossible, but those schools typically aren’t worth the money for the effort.  You can become that wall street banker that everyone hates if you have good sales abilities, or you can be the person working at the hedge fund making rich people richer if they are quantitatively gifted.  

Tech is next.  Remember learning to code? Well now you can do the silly role of product manager by working in tech without coding and just become a business person at the tech company and make tons of money.  It’s really that easy if they are highly intelligent and driven.  Let’s say they want to work in tech and actually do want to code.  Well now they can make 200k right out of college by working at facebook.  So maybe I lied about needing to be in top 5 or 10% for tech.  They probably need to be in top 1-3%.  

There are so many other fields to succeed in though.  Law is another where all you need to do is get into what’s called “Big Law” to make 200k out of law school.  The chances of this are ⅙, so you just need to be in the top 17% of law school graduates.  However, keep in mind, many people go to law school because they are bored and actually aren’t meant to be lawyers, so out of your actual competition, you probably only need to be in the top 30%.  Here’s a list of schools with their “big law” percentages.  There are many other industries like this and just general business roles are great to be in as well such as Management Consulting, working in any industry with a high ticket degree and becoming a manager, and many others.  

There are some careers that I would avoid, though. Do not become a doctor unless you actually like medicine and want to help people because it’s a very difficult and low expected value career.  Accountants are also a trash career because they don’t make that much compared to similar fields and it’s extremely boring.  I’m missing a lot, but those are the two that come to mind the most.  Oh yeah, the pathways I list in this video is not a comprehensive list.  If you think of any, leave them in the comments below but be sure to mention which category and generation you are referring to.  Honestly, that’s kind of the point of this video.  There are so many good careers out there if you live in a good country, you just have to go seek them and then do them. 


Now for how to retire early after you get one of these jobs.

  1. Make more money (that’s what this article is for)
  2. Save money (this article has some jobs that are good at saving money)
  3. Invest the difference (check out Birthday Investing)
  4. Buy Low Sell High (general rule for anything related to money, but it’s easier said than done)
Good Jobs to Retire Early

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