Careers that Don’t Require a College Degree

Ready to get to work? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has news for you: A large number of fast-growing professions rely on skilled workers but don’t require a college degree.

According to recent data, you’ll want to check out positions in the construction, maintenance and repair, or transportation industries — plus a few others.

Sustainable building is in! Projected job growth for wind turbine and solar voltaic installation and repair is over 50% year-over-year, with starting salaries around $50,000 and no experience required. And there are still lots of traditional construction trades, like security systems, fire systems, flooring, and tile installation, that continue to grow and pay well.

Fix it! Sign up to learn industrial, aviation, or farm equipment repair and maintenance, and say hello to huge numbers of job openings and starting salaries in the $60,000 range.

Get moving! Jobs in the transportation sector, like commercial pilots, airfield operations, and pump operators, can expect continued job growth of over 10% and median wages of $50,000 to $100,000.

In other sectors, massage therapists continue to enjoy positive prospects, with almost 150,000 new jobs in the past year alone and an average salary of $45,000. Community health workers, private investigators, and home health aides can expect salaries of around $60,000 after a couple of years’ experience but no specialized education. Especially in Florida, the nation’s elderly need empathetic, qualified workers to keep them safe, healthy, and happy.

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