Top Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree and Pay ~$20 or More Per Hour

June 27, 2018 Ladan Nikravan Hayes

 

While a college education can provide workers with career opportunities, it’s not required for many good job options. Often, employees can get the skills they need for a job that pays well and leads to a fulfilling career through vocational training or an apprenticeship.

CareerBuilder published a new list of 10 jobs that:

  • pay  about $20 or more per hour
  • have grown over the last five years
  • are projected to grow over the next five years
  • don’t require a college degree

The following includes historical and projected growth rates and average hourly earnings for in-demand occupations. It also provides the typical entry-level education requirement, though this may vary depending on the employer.

 

Occupation

Growth in Jobs

2013-2017

Total No. of Jobs in 2018

Total No. of Jobs in 2022

Growth in Jobs

2018-2022

Average Hourly Earnings

Required

Education

Electricians

68,668

11%

705,858

743,451

37,592

5%

$26.33

High School Diploma &

Apprenticeship

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

63,161

15%

498,239

525,038

26,799

5%

$25.76

High School Diploma & Apprenticeship

Computer User Support Specialists

63,822

10%

713,398

761,801

48,402

7%

$25.50

Some College

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

28,601

9%

361,122

390,328

29,206

8%

$24.87

High School Diploma &

On-the-Job Training

Surgical Technologists

8,691

9%

112,614

120,104

7,490

7%

$22.68

Postsecondary Non-degree Award

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

49,487

17%

354,366

375,649

21,283

6%

$22.39

Postsecondary Non-degree Award & On-the-Job Training

Chefs and Head Cooks

17,585

13%

159,547

169,488

9,941

6%

$21.54

High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

41,224

14%

333,923

354,473

20,550

6%

$20.23

High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

14,617

7%

216,651

231,394

14,743

7%

$19.96

Postsecondary Non-degree Award

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

38,145

11%

404,029

436,063

32,034

8%

$19.91

High School Diploma

 

What Does That This Mean For You?

To thrive, your organization likely needs to be able to attract, hire and retain top talent in many of these roles. Not an easy task since hiring and retaining the best talent is as tough as it has ever been.

Try following these three recruiting tips for creating a desirable hiring process in-demand candidates will want to work for:

  • Simplify your application process: You don’t like wasting time. And neither do your candidates. Having to re-input personal information and resume details only deters top candidates from applying.
  • Brand your company: The recruitment process becomes exponentially easier when job seekers want to work at your company. To create that level of interest, you need to brand your company as a place in which great talent want to work.
  • Build strong talent networks: Having a pipeline of talented individuals who have already expressed interest in your organization speeds up the hiring process considerable. Building a talent network involves developing—and nurturing—relationships with candidates long before relevant jobs are posted.

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