Here Are the Five Highest Paying Jobs You Don’t Need a Bachelor’s Degree to Do

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August 8, 2012 ‐ By

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its list of the 40 highest paying jobs that don’t require a Bachelor’s degree. The work covers a range of industries and professions from mechanics and electricians to municipal and construction workers to those requiring organizational skill or artistic talent. And even at the bottom of the list of the top 40 — first-line supervisors of correctional officers — the median annual salary tops $55,000 per year (as of 2010).

It’s worth noting that a number of the jobs require some form of post-high school study. Many of the positions related to the engineering or medical fields (respiratory therapists, for example), require an Associate’s degree. Other jobs, like insurance appraisers and commercial drivers, require some sort of non-degree training.

Also worth mentioning — there are projected to be more than 1.2 million openings for registered nurses, number 18 on the list, through 2020. The median annual income as of May 2010 was $64,690.

Last year’s number one, radiation therapist has slipped to number six though the media income, $74,980, has stayed the same. Here are your top five, via Business Insider:

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5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives
-Median income as of May 2010: $78,260
-Projected job openings through 2020: 38,700
-Requires a high school diploma

4. Transportation, storage and distribution managers
“In charge of operations that range from railroads to shipping facilities,” according to Business Insider.
-Median income as of May 2010: $80,210
-Projected job openings through 2020: 33,700
-Requires a high school diploma

3. Construction manager
-Median income as of May 2010: $83,860
-Projected job openings as of 2020: 120,400
-Requires an Associate’s degree

2. General and operations managers
-Median income as of May 2010: $94,400
-Projected job openings as of 2020: 410,100
-Requires an Associate’s degree

1. Air traffic controller
-Median income as of May 2010: $108,040
-Projected job openings as of 2020: 10,200
-Requires an Associate’s degree

And here are a couple of honorable mentions for professions populated heavily by women.

Dental hygenist
 
-Median income as of May 2010:  $68,250
-Projected job openings as of 2020: 104,900
-Requires an Associate’s degree

Fashion designer
-Median income as of May 2010: $64,530
-Projected job openings as of 2020: 6,700
-Requires a high school diploma

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  • UB class of 2013

    Wow I wished I would have known this about 3 years ago before I started college !

  • http://www.addvalue.com.au/ Bran Deditems

    i guess technically you could get these jobs with just an associate’s degree or HS diploma. but would they hire you over another applicant with a bachelor’s degree? not likely..

  • http://twitter.com/MadameGigglez Sailor Moon

    Thank you MN!

  • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

    EXPERIENCE IS OFTEN PREFERRED OVER THE DEGREE.

    • Kellz

      Not usually. Without a degree ur chances are very limited

      • http://www.facebook.com/veronica.hornsby Veronica Hornsby

        Not really.. U can have a degree but if u don’t have the experience usually they will choose the person with experience.. Also majority of those jobs hire within the company anyway

  • Treacle234

    An athlete but that requires skill. I read a report where Bolt makes 2 million per year…….good for him, hope he taking care of his mama.