business

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%

Most Popular

Are You Still Chasing the Almighty Dollar, Even Though You Have Plenty to Retire?
retirement

Are You Still Chasing the Almighty Dollar, Even Though You Have Plenty to Retire?

In our experience, many have saved enough money to retire comfortably. Yet too many worry about their money running out and want more. Maybe it’s tim…
May 6, 2021
Child Tax Credit 2021: Who Gets $3,600? Will I Get Monthly Payments? And Other FAQs
Coronavirus and Your Money

Child Tax Credit 2021: Who Gets $3,600? Will I Get Monthly Payments? And Other FAQs

People have lots of questions about the new $3,000 or $3,600 child tax credit and the advance payments that the IRS will send to most families in 2021…
May 4, 2021
20 Dividend Stocks to Fund 20 Years of Retirement
dividend stocks

20 Dividend Stocks to Fund 20 Years of Retirement

Each of these high-quality dividend stocks yields roughly 4%, and you can expect them to grow their payouts even more. That's a powerful 1-2 combo for…
May 7, 2021

Recommended

10 Ways to Fail Miserably at Office Politics
careers

10 Ways to Fail Miserably at Office Politics

Successfully navigating the workplace takes social skills as well as job smarts. To get ahead, make sure you avoid these 10 office politics blunders.
May 2, 2021
11 Places That Will Pay You to Live There
real estate

11 Places That Will Pay You to Live There

Working remotely? You may want to check out these places that'll pay you to move there.
April 23, 2021
Uh-Oh: My Kid Wants to Be a ‘Social Media Influencer’ … What Are the Legal Risks?
careers

Uh-Oh: My Kid Wants to Be a ‘Social Media Influencer’ … What Are the Legal Risks?

Teenagers and their parents need to know there are plenty of legal consequences for this new breed of marketers, according to attorney Christy L. Fole…
April 15, 2021
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
business

37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks to cover expenses expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic lock…
April 8, 2021