Top 20 Jobs That Don't Require A College Degree

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top jobs no college degreeBy Aimee Groth


In a tough economy where just about half of graduates are landing jobs in their fields, there's been a lot of debate lately about the value of a college degree.

Careercast.com put together a list of the top 20 jobs that don't require a college degree, ranked by average starting salary, income growth and employment growth.Income growth refers to percentage of growth from starting earnings to the top level; and employment growth refers to the projected increase in number of jobs through 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here's the list:


1. Dental Hygienist
  • Average Starting Salary: $45,000
  • Income Growth: 109%
  • Employment Growth: 37.70%

2. Online Sales Manager
  • Average Starting Salary: $40,000
  • Income Growth: 255%
  • Employment Growth: 25.00%

3. Web Developer
  • Average Starting Salary: $43,000
  • Income Growth: 179%
  • Employment Growth: 21.70%

4. Medical Secretary
  • Average Starting Salary: $21,000
  • Income Growth: 114%
  • Employment Growth: 41.30%

5. Paralegal Assistant
  • Average Starting Salary: $29,000
  • Income Growth: 159%
  • Employment Growth: 18.30%

6. Stenographer / Court Reporter
  • Average Starting Salary: $26,000
  • Income Growth: 250%
  • Employment Growth: 14.10%

7. Heating / Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Average Starting Salary: $26,000
  • Income Growth: 158%
  • Employment Growth: 33.70%

8. Surveyor
  • Average Starting Salary: $31,000
  • Income Growth: 190%
  • Employment Growth: 25.40%

9. Executive Assistant
  • Average Starting Salary: $29,000
  • Income Growth: 131%
  • Employment Growth: 12.60%

10. Insurance Agent
  • Average Starting Salary: $26,000
  • Income Growth: 342%
  • Employment Growth: 21.90%

11. Industrial Machine Repairer
  • Average Starting Salary: $30,000
  • Income Growth: 127%
  • Employment Growth: 21.60 %

12. Cosmetologist
  • Average Starting Salary: $16,000
  • Income Growth: 163%
  • Employment Growth: 15.70%

13. Hair Stylist
  • Average Starting Salary: $16,000
  • Income Growth: 163%
  • Employment Growth: 15.70%

14. Tax Examiner / Collector
  • Average Starting Salary: $30,000
  • Income Growth: 207%
  • Employment Growth: 7.30%

15. Sales Representative - Wholesale
  • Average Starting Salary: $27,000
  • Income Growth: 304%
  • Employment Growth: 15.60%

16. Construction Machinery Operator
  • Average Starting Salary: $26,000
  • Income Growth: 173%
  • Employment Growth: 23.50%

17. Electrical Technician
  • Average Starting Salary: $34,000
  • Income Growth: 138%
  • Employment Growth: 1.90%

18. Architectural Drafter
  • Average Starting Salary: $30,000
  • Income Growth: 140%
  • Employment Growth: 3.20

19. Teacher's Aide
  • Average Starting Salary: $17,000
  • Income Growth: 112%
  • Employment Growth: 14.80%

20. Sewage Plant Operator
  • Average Starting Salary: $25,000
  • Income Growth: 156%
  • Employment Growth: 11.60%


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