Which High-Paying Jobs Don’t Require a Degree?


by Denise Felder ~

Maybe you’ve heard – The job market has changed.

Most good paying jobs now require a college degree or some other type of postsecondary credential, like an apprenticeship. That means that there are fewer jobs available to someone with only a high school diploma today than there were 20 or 30 years ago.

Working Statues

Times have changed. In 1973, 72% of occupations were open to high school graduates. Georgetown University reports that by 2020, someone with a high school diploma will qualify for only 36% of occupations. And most of these jobs pay lower than average, some are barely above the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are still a few high-paying occupations that do not require a college degree. CareerOneStop recently wrote about 5 high-pay careers: no college degree required. Pay for these occupations start nationally at $35,100 and can pay as much as $78,800, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Find out which five occupations CareerOneStop is talking about. And be sure to check out career information in your state to find out what type of training local employers expect for these jobs, and how much they pay in your region.

Featured image “Careers” courtesy of Leslie Stampest under Creative Commons license 2.0

“Working Statues” courtesy of Mahdi Abdulrazak under Creative Commons license 2.0

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