Not every well paid job requires a degree, some people are better suited to skill based training. Skilled work such as eg. electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanic pays reasonably well (at least here in the UK) and requires practical training. Better apprenticeship and training schemes would help people who are not suited to an intellectual\theoretical school\college based education acquire skills that can still provide them with reasonable pay and job satisfaction.
Education isn't just about getting good at maths, english and science and then getting a degree. Education can be about acquiring any skill