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High Paying Jobs without College Degree?

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Career Builder released a list of top jobs that don’t require a degree AND pay $20 per hour or more. These jobs pay well; have grown over the last five years; are projected to grow over the next five years and don’t require a college degree.

“The path to success is different for everyone,”….

 In the market for a job where you can make a good living, but don’t need a college diploma to qualify for it? CareerBuilder published a new hot list of ten jobs that:

  • pay ~$20 or more per hour
  • “The path to success is different for everyone,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “You can build a lucrative career through apprenticeships, post-secondary certificates or on-the-job training. There is significant demand for workers in everything from skilled trades to technology and health-related fields, and you can get your foot in the door without a formal degree.”

    The following includes historical and projected growth rates and average hourly earnings for in-demand occupations. It also provides the typical entry-level education requirement, though this may vary depending on the employer.

    Occupation

    Growth in Jobs

    2013-2017

    Total No. of Jobs in 2018

    Total No. of Jobs in 2022

    Growth in Jobs

    2018-2022

    Average Hourly Earnings

    Required

    Education

    Electricians

    68,668

    11%

    705,858

    743,451

    37,592

    5%

    $26.33

    High School Diploma &

    Apprenticeship

    Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

    63,161

    15%

    498,239

    525,038

    26,799

    5%

    $25.76

    High School Diploma & Apprenticeship

    Computer User Support Specialists

    63,822

    10%

    713,398

    761,801

    48,402

    7%

    $25.50

    Some College

    Industrial Machinery Mechanics

    28,601

    9%

    361,122

    390,328

    29,206

    8%

    $24.87

    High School Diploma &

    On-the-Job Training

    Surgical Technologists

    8,691

    9%

    112,614

    120,104

    7,490

    7%

    $22.68

    Postsecondary Non-degree Award

    Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

    49,487

    17%

    354,366

    375,649

    21,283

    6%

    $22.39

    Postsecondary Non-degree Award & On-the-Job Training

    Chefs and Head Cooks

    17,585

    13%

    159,547

    169,488

    9,941

    6%

    $21.54

    High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

    Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

    41,224

    14%

    333,923

    354,473

    20,550

    6%

    $20.23

    High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

    Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

    14,617

    7%

    216,651

    231,394

    14,743

    7%

    $19.96

    Postsecondary Non-degree Award

    Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

    38,145

    11%

    404,029

    436,063

    32,034

    8%

    $19.91

    High School Diploma

     

    Projections based on Emsi’s Occupation Data, 2018.

    • have grown over the last five years
    • are projected to grow over the next five years
    • don’t require a college degree
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