Career Planning expert, Michael Farr, and statistician, Laurence Shatkin, recently published the second edition of their book "The 300 Best Jobs That Don't Require a Four-Year Degree." Their information is based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau. Top-paying jobs for those without a college degree include positions in sales, education, law enforcement, construction, administration and transportation. Some are management and supervisory jobs as well.
Below is a list of 20 of the top-paying jobs listed in the book that don't require a college degree, along with the typical annual income.
Air Traffic Controller, $102,030
Storage and Distribution Manager, $66,600
Transportation Manager, $66,600
Police and Detectives Supervisor, $64,430
Non-Retail Sales Manager, $59,300
Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor,$58,920
Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor, $58,902
Real Estate Broker, $58,720
Elevator Installers and Repairer, $58,710
Sales Representative, $58,580
Dental Hygienist, $58,350
Radiation Therapist, $57,700
Nuclear Medicine Technologist, $56,450
Child Support, Missing Persons and Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigator, $53,900
Criminal Investigators and Special Agent, $53,990
Immigration and Customs Inspector, $53,990
Police Detective, $53,990
Police Identification and Records Officer, $53,990
Commercial Pilot, $53,870
Talent Director, $52,840
Though a 4-year college degree is not a requirement for these positions, some education is generally required along with significant on-the-job training or apprenticeships. For example, Dental Hygienists, Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists and Commercial Pilots require an associate degree at a vocational or technical school often in conjunction with a certification or license.
Good jobs with high demand and competitive pay
If this is what you're looking for, you might want to consider the careers below. Keep in mind that it's also important to enjoy your career!
Vocational Education Teachers at the post secondary level. Annual earnings average $40,740.
Registered Nurses, with annual earnings of $52,330.
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives, with annual earnings of $45,400.
Tractor Trailer/Truck Drivers, with annual earnings of $33,520.
Harlow Unger, author of "But What If I Don't Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education" states that there are 50 million jobs (more or less) out there that don't require a bachelor's degree and pay $40,000+ a year. In addition, while a college degree used to be the primary requirement for those in the baby boom generation, workers are now judged more on their skills than their sheepskins. His opinion.
If attending a four-year college is not for you, that's fine. Find a good fit that's a solid choice for you. However, keep in mind that statistically, there's lots of evidence that college educated people earn more in their lifetimes than their non-college educated counterparts.
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