University degrees are not always a prerequisite, but certainly help potential employees earn higher salaries, Lars Fischer, Michael Page South Africa Operations Director, says.

And while graduates tend to earn more than their peers, Fischer said employees without degrees can still earn up to R1.2 million per year in the right jobs.

Statistics South Africa in 2017 estimated that South Africans with a bachelor’s degree earn 330% more than those without any tertiary education.

The typical salary for employees with grade 12 is R59,724 per annum versus R160,536 for employees with a diploma, and R258,324 for employees with a degree.

Michael Page’ Fischer gave Business Insider South Africa a list of the five top-earning careers in the country where you don’t need a degree.