If you fall for these scammers and spammers you'll be wasting your life. It is best to get a college degree, but not everyone can do that.
How much you make and what you do has a lot to do with what your talents are and how hard you are willing to work.
Take some time to look at freelance websites. There are a lot of computer and web related jobs at there if you have talents you can develop on your own. People want to hire more on ability and cost rather than degree.
Likewise, if you have a skill, whether it's plumbing, comuputers, carpentry or whatever, your ability and willingness to work will get your far. If you work full time plus over time in a skilled trade you can make that much - but not as an apprentice. I'm in NY and roofing seems to be in demand and roofers make decent money. Construction pays well also.
A certificate and specialized training can help you a lot if you can't get a degree.
I have no idea how reliable these figures are but can give you some ideas:
Here are 25 of the top-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree and their average salaries, based on data from the BLS and CBSalary.com.
1. Air traffic controller: $102,030
2. Funeral director: $79,517
3. Operations manager: $77,839
4. Industrial production manager: $73,000
5. Transportation manager: $72,662
6. Storage and distribution manager: $69,898
7. Computer technical support specialist: $67,689
8. Gaming manager: $64,880
9. First-line supervisor/manager of police and detective: $64,430
10. Nuclear power reactor operator: $64,090
11. Computer specialist: $59,480
12. First-line, non-retail supervisors/manager: $59,300
13. Nuclear technician: $59,200
14. First-line supervisor/manager of fire fighting and prevention worker: $58,920
15. Real estate broker: $58,720
16. Elevator installer and repairer: $58,710
17. Sales representative, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products: $58,580
18. Dental hygienist: $59,790
19. Radiation therapist: $57,700
20. Nuclear medicine technologist: $56,450
21. Power plant distributor and dispatcher: $57,330
22. Fashion designer: $55,840
23. Ship engineer: $54,950
24. Detective and criminal investigator: $53,990
25. Commercial pilot: $53,870
There are the fastest going from the Department of Labor I think:
If you need to work hard, just make sure you find something that you like doing (unless it's temporary).
Factory jobs are not only waning, but they're dead end jobs.
Good luck to you!