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Good-Paying Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Get a foot in the door of a promising career without paying tuition.

It’s true that a college education generally translates to a higher salary. But it’s also true that those degrees are pricey. We analyzed hundreds of occupations to find good-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree.

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Here are three.

Electrical Power Line Installer

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 12.7%
Median annual salary: $66,279

Electrical power line installers enjoy solid job growth wiring up new housing developments and office parks. An apprenticeship is the usual way in. But you’d better be prepared for the risk of working with electrical current at great heights.

Computer User Support Specialist

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.2%
Median annual salary: $48,437

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If you prefer four walls, being a computer user support specialist is an option. You need good PC skills, obviously, but employers generally don’t care where or how you got them.

Surgical Technologist

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 22.7%
Median annual salary: $45,750

To enter the booming health-care sector without a degree, look for a job as a surgical technologist. These workers help prep the O.R. and patient before surgery, and assist surgeons during procedures. You’ll need to get accredited, which takes a couple of years.

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