"You won't get far without a college education!"

For generations, they said the road to success starts with college.

Our parents, teachers, and society as a whole practically drilled the idea into our brains. The recipe was simple: if we earned a college degree, we'd secure a high-paying career and then ride off into the sunset of prosperity with a gorgeous, educated, and equally affluent partner.


ICYMI: there's more than one road to success, Idaho.

But as the years go by and the economy ebbs and flows, more of us find there's more than one way to make something of ourselves.

And in the land of potatoes and picturesque landscapes, a quiet revolution has been bubbling beneath the surface for decades, inspiring us with the potential for success in non-traditional paths. Idahoans know success and education isn't confined to lecture halls, textbooks, and the Ivy League.

The Gem State is home to a host of high-paying, meaningful careers that won't leave someone buried in student debt by the time they're 21. Despite what they told many of us, success was never a one-size-fits-all equation. See for yourself in the gallery below. 

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  • 21 high-paying Idaho jobs you don't need college for

  • These are the 16 most stressful jobs & career fields in Idaho

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  • Science tell us psychopaths are likely to enter one of these 10 professions

  • How much money you need to make to be happy in Idaho/Pacific Northwest


College isn't for everyone, nor is it necessary for every career field.

But for decades, American youth has been trained to believe the road to success begins with a college education. The 21 high-paying Idaho careers in the gallery below, however, prove otherwise.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

16 Most Stressful Jobs & Career Fields in Idaho

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Boise Psychopaths are Most Attracted to These 10 Jobs

Scroll on for 10 Boise jobs that are like catnip for psychopaths & the reasons why.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

How Much Money Do You Need to Make to Be Happy in the Pacific Northwest and California?

These numbers crunched by Go Banking Rates were inspired by a 2018 study performed by Purdue University. Purdue looked to find the number that would make people feel like they reached a level of life evaluation and emotional-well being where they were truly happy.

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  • These three industries make the most money in Idaho

  • 10 Idaho-based remote jobs that pay at least $100k/year

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  • You'll love working remotely at this Boise-area pond this summer

  • These are the 20 highest-paying jobs in the Boise area as of 2023

Revealed: The Three Industries Making the Most Money in Idaho

A recent study by Capital On Tap did a deep dive into each state to learn what industries make the most money in each state. Can you name Idaho's top three?

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

10 Remote Idaho Jobs That Pay At Least $100K A Year

Looking for a new job but don't want to leave the comfort of home? We have you covered.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

You'll Love Working Remotely at a Boise-Area Pond this Summer

Ditch the office. Forget the coffee house. Get outside, set up a hotspot, and work remotely by a beautiful Boise-area pond this summer!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

The 20 Highest Paying Jobs in Boise for 2023

According to the latest figures published on the Idaho Department of Labor's website, these are the highest paying jobs in "Boise City." That region includes Ada, Canyon, Boise and Gem counties.

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  • A look at the lowest-paying Boise-area jobs (& what they pay)

  • The top 8 wealthiest landowners in Idaho

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  • A look at the top five hottest jobs for Idaho men & women

  • 5 of the fastest-growing brands in Idaho

The 20 Lowest Paying Jobs in the Boise Area and What They Pay

According to the latest data release from the Idaho Department of Labor, these are the lowest paying jobs in the Boise area.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Top 8 Largest Landowners In Idaho

*Disclaimer: Different websites show each entity owning a different amount of land but ranked the same. The Top 3 are consistent across multiple websites, with The Top 10 largest landowners list coming from Farmlandriches.com

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

The 5 Hottest Jobs In Idaho According To Men

Do you have one of the five hottest jobs for women according to a study of men? What do you think of this ranking? Let us know your thoughts here!

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The 5 Hottest Jobs In Idaho According To Women

Do you work any of these jobs? Do you disagree with this ranking? Let us know your thoughts here!

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The Top 5 Fastest-Growing Brands In Idaho

According to this article on Yelp, these are the 5 fastest-growing brands in Idaho.

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