Previous generations have been taught that a college degree ensures a higher paying job. In recent years, college graduates are finding that no longer holds true. In fact according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 8 of the 10 fastest growing jobs do not require a college degree. That isn’t to say formal education isn’t beneficial — even getting something like a specialized Associates degree can help you stand out among the crowd. But a degree isn’t always a requirement for career success as you might think it would be.
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These seven jobs have something very similar in common, they are all service related jobs and they cannot be outsourced.
As our country population gets older due to the massive Baby Boomer generation entering retirement age, it will require more people working in the area of elderly care. The education requirements vary from on-the-job training to vocational classes. Aides receive an hourly rate that can range from $15 to $45 per hour.
An airline pilot can average between $50,000 and $65,000 per year. A college degree is not required but the pilot will be responsible for gaining their pilots license on their own. Also, commercial airline makes considerably less than someone who flies for a private company, these salaries can extend beyond $100,000.
College degrees are not required to become a firefighter but there is special education and training that you must attain. A forest firefighter will make more money than a typical firefighter. Salaries range from $50,000 – $75,000.
Much like that of firefighters, police officers are not required to have a college degree but there will be some education involved as well as attending the police academy. Military service lends itself well to becoming a police officer. Typical salaries range from $50,000 to $65,000.
Training for a career such as this ranges from hands-on, self-taught training to network administration classes up to college degrees. A four year degree, however is not needed to perform this job. One may need to start at a lower paying job and work their way up to this position but it is one that can be done without going to college. The average salary for these jobs is about $60,000.
As the population grows, suburbs increase in size and cities find themselves needing to hire more workers. One such position is that of a sanitation worker. This position can provide a salary of as much as $80,000 (average salary is about $40,000).
Non-retail managers, transportation managers, storage and distribution managers and sales managers are all positions that will earn an employee over $50,000 annually. These positions are usually promoted from within and do not require a college degree to be successful.
Here’s a chart from the link to US Bureau of Labor Statistics site above:
A college degree does not guarantee a high paying job like it once did; although college experience and degree have numerous benefits. However, a degree is not required for a successful career. If the expense of a college degree is prohibitive, or attending college is not an option, there are still opportunities for motivated high school graduates to find themselves in a position to earn an above average salary without a college degree.