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35 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree

Don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's degree?

Don't fret. There are plenty of high-paying jobs that only require a two-year associate degree or just a high-school diploma.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 35 highest-paying jobs that you don't need a four-year degree to pursue.

Each has a median annual salary of at least $55,000.

35. Boilermakers

Description: Assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

Median annual wage (2012): $56,560

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,800

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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34. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Median annual wage (2012): $57,840

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 18,000

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

33. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians

Description: Design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff.

Median annual wage (2012): $57,850

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 30,400

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

32. Real-estate brokers

Description: Oversee real-estate transactions including selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.

Median annual wage (2012): $58,350

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 16,100

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

31. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

Description: Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of a business or organization.

Median annual wage (2012): $58,760

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 61,600

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

30. Computer-network support specialists

Description: Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

Median annual wage (2012): $59,090

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 39,600

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

29. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Median annual wage (2012): $59,700

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 187,100

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

28. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures.

Median annual wage (2012): $59,960

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 80,300

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

27. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Median annual wage (2012): $60,250

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 152,000

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

26. Gas-plant operators

Description: Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Median annual wage (2012): $61,140

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,700

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

25. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians

Description: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft.

Median annual wage (2012): $61,530

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,100

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

24. Petroleum-pump-system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Description: Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units.

Median annual wage (2012): $61,850

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 15,500

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

23. Web developers

Description: Design, create, and modify websites.

Median annual wage (2012): $62,500

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,700

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

22. Subway and streetcar operators

Description: Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers.

Median annual wage (2012): $62,730

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,300

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

21. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post office.

Median annual wage (2012): $63,050

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 5,000

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

20. Electrical-power-line installers and repairers

Description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.

Median annual wage (2012): $63,250

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 49,900

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

19. Transportation inspectors

Description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.

Median annual wage (2012): $63,680

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,700

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

18. Gaming managers

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,220

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,400

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

17. Magnetic-resonance-imaging technologists

Description: Monitor patient safety and comfort and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,360

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

16. Registered nurses

Description: Provide and coordinate patient care; educate patients and the public about various health conditions.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,470

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,052,600

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

15. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Description: Use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,860

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

14. Power-plant operators

Description: Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Median annual wage (2012): $66,130

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 12,900

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

13. Funeral-service directors

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes.

Median annual wage (2012): $66,720

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,200

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

12. Nuclear technicians

Description: Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production.

Median annual wage (2012): $69,060

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,100

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

11. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Median annual wage (2012): $69,300

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 150,200

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

10. First-line supervisors of nonretail sales workers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,060

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

9. Nuclear medicine technologists

Description: Use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,180

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 7,200

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

8. Dental hygienists

Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases like gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,210

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 113,500

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

7. Power distributors and dispatchers

Description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Median annual wage (2012): $71,690

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,600

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

6. Commercial pilots

Description: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air-carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires commercial-pilot certificate.

Median annual wage (2012): $73,280

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,400

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Median annual wage (2012): $74,300

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 27,700

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

4. Nuclear-reactor operators

Description: Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed.

Median annual wage (2012): $74,990

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,300

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

3. Elevator installers and repairers

Description: Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Median annual wage (2012): $76,650

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,000

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

2. Radiation therapists

Description: Check equipment, observe patients reactions to treatment, and document the session.

Median annual wage (2012): $77,560

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,400

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

1. Air-traffic controllers

Description: Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air-traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor's degree.

Median annual wage (2012): $122,530

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,400

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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