10 Great Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a 4 Year College Degree
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Lack of education is often cited as a main reason for higher rates of African-American unemployment. Yet getting an education to further your career can be a catch-22. Many people cannot afford to take a four-year break from working with little guarantee that they will be able to find a job with their bachelor’s. But this is not a reason to avoid getting a practical education. There are many lucrative careers for which qualified applicants will be in high demand in the coming years, which only require a two-year degree or vocational training. Here are some of the highest paying jobs that require only an associate degree according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Four of the highest paying jobs are in healthcare — and almost 600,000 registered nurses will be needed in the coming years. Are some of these jobs that only require a two-year degree right for you? Read on to decide.
1. Radiation Therapists–Median Income – $74,980/yr–Can earn up to $110,550/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 2,810–Requirements: Associates Degree
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
2. Nuclear Medicine Technologists–Median Income – $68,560/yr–Can earn up to $91,970/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 3,800–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics
3. Dental Hygienists–Median Income – $68,250/yr–Can earn up to $93,820/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 59,480–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 4. Nuclear Technicians–Median Income – $68,090/yr–Can earn up to $93,890/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 7,000–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 5. Commercial Pilots–Median Income – $67,500/yr–Can earn up to $119,650/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 16,600–Requirements: Postsecondary vocational awardSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 6. Electrical and Electronics Repairers–Median Income – $65,230/yr–Can earn up to $84,490/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 2,880–Requirements: Postsecondary vocational awardSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 7. Registered Nurses–Median Income – $64,690/yr–Can earn up to $95,130/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 581,500–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 8. Fashion Designers–Median Income – $64,530/yr–Can earn up to $130,890/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 7,840–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 9. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers–Median Income – $64,380/yr–Can earn up to $88,490/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 6,490–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics 10. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians–Median Income – $58,080/yr–Can earn up to $87,860/yr–Job increases by 2018 – 42–Requirements: Associates DegreeSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics