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Best Careers Without a College Degree 2017

You don't need a bachelor's or even an associate's to land one of these jobs.

We analyzed pay, projected job growth and educational requirements for 785 occupations to identify the best jobs you can land without a college degree. Take a look at our list of 10 promising careers, starting with the highest-paying jobs, that don’t call for a bachelor’s or even an associate’s degree to get hired.

Elevator Installer

Median annual salary: $80,870 (All jobs: $43,233)

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.7% (All jobs: 8.6%)

Commercial Pilot

Median annual salary: $75,744

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 14.8%

Electrical Power-Line Installer

Median annual salary: $66,213

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.1%

Office Support Supervisor

Median annual salary: $52,602

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 11.7%

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Median annual salary: $49,537

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 19.2%

Computer User Support Specialist

Median annual salary: $48,685

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.4%

Surgical Technologist

Median annual salary: $45,064

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.2%

Licensed Practical Nurse

Median annual salary: $43,201

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 17.6%

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Median annual salary: $36,872

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 18.4%

Dental Assistant

Median annual salary: $36,788

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 19.6%

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