Decent Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A College Degree

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 06/11/2014 | 09:00 AM EDT

Don't want to drown yourself in debt for a degree? No worries, there's still find great careers out there for you

Decent Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A College Degree


Finding a job for many Americans can sometimes feel like an arduous and hopeless undertaking. With nearly 35 million unemployed Americans and a majority of the country’s adult population not holding a college degree, finding employment in a job market where a degree is often preferred is difficult, but crucial. Not to mention, college tuition is at an all-time high, with college graduates accruing an average of $30,000 in debt.


Despite the obstacles that are stacked against non-degree holding Americans, there are still a number of careers and jobs (that pay well) they can obtain without the requirement of a four-year college or advanced degree. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this list Centric has compiled.


Gas Plant Operator


Median annual wage:
$61,140


Degree required:
High school diploma or equivalent

Work experience: None


Description:
Control systems and do round checks to make sure everything is working properly.


On-the-job training:
Long-term on-the-job training



Subway and Streetcar Operator


Median annual wage:
$62,730


Degree required:
High school diploma or equivalent


Work experience:
None


Description:
Transport passengers.


On-the-job training:
Moderate-term on-the-job training



Postmasters and Mail Superintendent


Median annual wage:
$63,050


Degree required:
High school diploma or equivalent


Work experience:
Less than five years


Description:
Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office.


On-the-job training:
Moderate-term on-the-job training



Business Operations Specialist


Median annual wage:
$65,120


Degree required:
High school diploma or equivalent


Work experience:
None


Description:
Coordinate the operations of companies, such as training and planning.


On-the-job training:
None




Registered Nurse


Median annual wage:
$65,470


Degree required:
Associate's degree


Work experience:
None


Description:
Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions.


On-the-job training:
None




Dental Hygienist


Median annual wage:
$70,210


Degree required:
Associate's degree


Work experience:
None


Description:
Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.


On-the-job training:
None



Detective and Criminal Investigator


Median annual wage:
$74,300


Degree required:
High school diploma or equivalent


Work experience:
Less than five years


Description:
Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.


On-the-job training:
Moderate-term on-the-job training



Air Traffic Controller


Median annual wage:
$122,530


Degree required:
Associate's degree


Work experience:
None


Description:
Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor’s degree.


On-the-job training:
Long-term on-the-job training

(Photo: Inti St Clair/Getty Images)

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