4 high-paying jobs you can get in Atlanta with little or no experience

To be a bartender in Georgia, you'll need to obtain a permit from the city of county in which you'll be serving alcohol.

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To be a bartender in Georgia, you'll need to obtain a permit from the city of county in which you'll be serving alcohol.

Looking for a high-paying job? Many require that you have experience in the field, but that's not always the case. The following four high-paying metro Atlanta jobs generally require little or no experience to start:

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As a bartender, you'll get to interact with people from all different walks of life. You'll need to obtain a permit to serve alcohol from the city or county in which you're working, and your employer may require you to take a course on serving alcohol responsibly.

Salaries for bartenders can increase to around $47,000, according to Money Crashers, and you'll also receive tips.

Recent job listings for bartenders in metro Atlanta included openings at Bonefish Grill, The Brass Tap and Longhorn Steakhouse.

Police officer

Being a police officer is obviously a very stressful job, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Pay varies by department and experience. A recent opening in Powder Springs, for example, listed a salary range of $38,176 to $59,165.

You'll need to be a citizen of the U.S. and have a high school diploma or GED. You'll also have to undergo a physical and background examination and must not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment. To become certified, you'll need to go through training from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST).

Recent job openings for police officers in metro Atlanta included jobs in Powder Springs and Kennesaw.

Real estate agent

Georgia real estate agents can get their foot in the door without any experience, but they must obtain a license issued by the Georgia Real Estate Commission, and one of the requirements is passing a 75-hour salesperson prelicensure course. You'll also need to have your high school diploma or GED and pass a background check.

Selling real estate requires hard work, and it may take a few years before your name becomes established. The average earnings for real estate agents in Atlanta is a little over $40,000 a year, according to Glassdoor. Most are paid via commission, so it can be hard to get started, but the earning potential is high.

Recent openings for real estate agents in the Atlanta area included jobs at RE/MAX Town and Country in Marietta, Keller Williams in Tucker and Redefy Real Estate in Atlanta.

Truck driver

Truck drivers are enjoying that great combination of high demand and rising wages.

Demand is high, with a need for 100,000 drivers being projected into 2017. And wages for truck drivers grew 7.8 percent in October when compared to a year ago, and that's the largest increase among the 60 professions analyzed by Glassdoor. The site estimates the median annual pay for truck drivers at $54,000.

You may have to be on the road a lot, especially if you're a long-haul driver, and you'll need to get your commercial driver's license.

Recent openings for trucker drivers based in Atlanta included jobs with XPO Logistics, CR England and Gourmet Foods International.