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Cincinnati jobs that require little experience and only a high school diploma or equivalent.


In this day in age, college is not for everyone. Students out of high school want to search for careers before making that type of financial commitment. That does not mean one is not focused. They just need time to devise a plan.


Here is a list of Cincinnati jobs that require no experience, only a high school diploma or equivalent, while making a decent wage.  The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.


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Cincinnati in-demand, living wage jobs


Cincinnati Police Officer

Improves the quality of life for citizens of the communities through core crime-fighting strategies. Offers, paid training, great benefits, tuition reimbursement and advancement. After five years, Cincinnati Police Officers earn  $61,501 to $73,558 (not including overtime). After one year of service, officers can volunteer to work paid details to earn extra income, and some of the detail income counts toward your retirement.



Assist patients with moving about the facility, clean equipment and facilities, change linens and stock supplies.


Ambulance drivers and attendants

Drive an ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured or convalescent persons.


Activity Planner

Coordinate activities in residential facilities in secondary and college dormitories, group homes, businesses or similar establishments, and order supplies and determine the need for maintenance, repairs and furnishings.



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Insurance Sales Agents

Contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance. Insurance sales agents explain various insurance policies and help clients choose plans that suit them.


Corrections Officer

Workers obtain hours of paid training within their first year of assignment. Working in the jail provides valuable experience, knowledge and communication to prepare to advance in careers.


Sales Representative and Services

Sell products and services to customers via phone, technology or in-person.


Retail Merchandiser

Creates displays in stores for a particular manufacturer’s brand.


Transportation Inspector

Inspect shipments to ensure it meets company contract specifications.  


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This list only shows a small portion of what is available. To take is a step further, there are also many apprenticeship programs like Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeships, Ohio Jobs & Family Service Apprenticeships, and Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. With this list, we hope you can find a career choice that fits you in no time.


These positions do fill up quickly so apply as soon as possible. If there are other job opportunities on Cincinnati that only require a high school diploma or equivalent that we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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*Some job salaries were pulled from Business Courier’s No degree? No worries for these 25 high paying local jobs.

**Other jobs and salaries were pulled from Career Builder.



Written by: Marissa Staples


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