10 higher-paying jobs you can get without a four-year degree

If you think you need to acquire a mountain of student loan debt just to qualify for good-paying jobs, you'll be surprised to learn there are a variety of jobs that pay well without a four-year degree. In fact, some of today's most sought-after jobs don't require a college degree — and they might be just what you need to get your career on the right track.

The job search portal CareerCast named the 10 best jobs you can get without a degree and identified job opportunities in healthcare, business and other fields.

Click through to see which well-paying jobs you can get without a four-year degree.

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Medical Records Technician

Salary: $38,040

Job outlook: 13 percent growth

Also known as health information technicians, these technicians are responsible for managing health information data and using electronic systems and paper systems to keep track of patient files and confidential data. This is a job and industry that pays more than they did 10 years ago

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Non-degree certification

Even though this fast-growing occupation doesn't require a degree, certification is required to be knowledgeable about medical record classification systems, coding rules and guidelines. The majority of medical records technicians work in a hospital or physician's office in an administrative capacity. 

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Broadcast Technician

Salary: $42,550

Job outlook: 8 percent growth

If you're looking to score your dream job in the entertainment business or in a recording studio, pursuing a career as a broadcast technician might be an ideal job match. Broadcast technicians are responsible for handling all the controls on the dashboard that deliver audio and video for television and radio broadcasts, concerts, movies and more. They might also work with sound engineering technicians at recording studios to prepare audio and video files. 

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Associate degree

Broadcast technician jobs typically require an associate degree, although some employers might only require a high school diploma for entry-level positions. If you can land a salaried position, job security is pretty stable and employment is projected to grow by 8 percent through 2026.

In addition to taking math and science classes, broadcast technicians should also take more practical courses on video editing and production management. It's also essential to have computer skills for this job. 

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Industrial Machine Repairer

Salary: $49,100

Job outlook: 7 percent growth

If you're looking for a high-paying blue-collar job, you could get paid well as an industrial machine repairer — even without having a degree. Industrial machine maintenance and repair workers are responsible for fixing factory equipment, production equipment and other machinery you might find in a power plant, factory or packing plant. 

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: High school diploma/equivalent

Industrial machine repairers acquire specialized skills through on-the-job training, and some complete an apprenticeship program with a company. Although higher education is not generally required, some mechanics complete a two-year associate degree program in industrial maintenance. These programs can include courses on welding, mathematics, hydraulics and pneumatics. 

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Paralegal

Salary: $49,500

Job outlook: 15 percent growth

If you enjoy doing research and organizing files, working with lawyers might be a great career path for you. Lawyers need paralegals and legal assistants to conduct legal research on their behalf, prepare legal documents and maintain confidential files.

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Associate degree

Most paralegal positions only require an associate degree, and you'll learn many skills on the job, including computer skills, database management skills and online research skills. However, employers sometimes prefer or require applicants to have a four-year degree and a certificate in paralegal studies. 

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Plumber

Salary: $51,540

Job outlook: 16 percent growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports this job is expected to grow faster than average in the next seven years as demand for skilled plumbers stays steady to keep residential and commercial buildings in good working order. Plumbers are responsible for repairing and installing pipes, maintaining water systems and providing emergency services on an on-call basis. 

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: High school diploma/equivalentMany plumbers learn their skills on the job through an apprenticeship, but some attend trade school to learn required skills such as pipe system design, safety and tool use. A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to get this job. 

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Electrician

Salary: $52,720

Job outlook: 9 percent growth

If you're looking for a hands-on career where you can work on different types of projects and at different work sites, being an electrician might be a good job match for you. Everyone needs electricity, and with employment expected to grow by 9 percent, this is one job that might be recession-proof

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: High school diploma/equivalent

You'll need at least a high school diploma or equivalent, and most employers require completing an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program before you officially begin.

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Executive Assistant

Salary: $57,410

Job outlook: -17 percent growth

When a business degree isn't in your future but you want to work in a business environment, you can get a job as an executive assistant. It's one job you can get without a good credit history and still earn an attractive salary.

At the executive level, you might be providing high-level support to a CEO, vice president or other leaders of an organization. Typical job duties involve arranging conference calls, scheduling meetings, preparing reports, handling email and phone communication on behalf of management and other clerical duties. However, the occupation is expected to decline by 17 percent, mainly due to the fact that many assistants can support more than one executive at a company. 

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: High school diploma/equivalent

Although it's not required, many employers prefer to hire executive assistants who have taken some college courses. If you have not obtained a higher degree, it's a good idea to take courses in word processing and office procedures at a technical school or community college to be a desirable applicant. 

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Respiratory Therapist

Salary: $58,670

Job outlook: 23 percent growth

If you want to work directly with patients but don't want to spend several years in medical school, you could get a job as a respiratory therapist. They provide care to patients who suffer from breathing problems or chronic diseases that affect respiration.

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Associate degree

Most respiratory therapists need a state license. In many cases, licenses are obtained by completing a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The programs usually include courses on human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, math, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment and CPR. The courses also have a clinical component that allows students to work in the field under supervision. 

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Salary: $69,650

Job outlook: 23 percent growth

This medical professional is responsible for using imaging machines to capture high-quality images and providing accurate test results. They also work alongside cardiovascular surgeons and physicians to provide assistance with different types of medical equipment before, during and after surgical procedures.

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Associate degree

You don't need a four-year degree to be a diagnostic medical sonographer. An associate degree in sonography is more than enough. Employers, however, generally favor graduates from programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), according to the BLS. 

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Web Developer

Salary: $66,130

Job outlook: 15 percent growth

Web developers are responsible for developing the logic and workflows behind websites. They might also work with web designers and help troubleshoot issues with a website. 

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Education Needed

Recommended minimum education: Associate degree

A web developer is one of the best jobs you can get without a degree. Many of the skills needed can be learned with an associate degree.

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CareerCast compiled this list using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including annual median salary, hiring outlook and the recommended level of education required. It also incorporated BLS rankings from the 2017 Jobs Rated report. Annual median salary, job outlook and recommended education information are according to the BLS and accurate as of April 5, 2018.

Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article. 

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