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Don’t have a degree?  Don’t fret.  Remember the game of life?

If you’ve ever played the game of life, then stop playing it now and get serious and take a spin.  Degrees aren’t necessary.  The knowledge learned in college sometimes is.  I had lots of arguments with people in past that claimed that just because a person with a degree was entitled to more money than one who didn’t.  Hell, you can buy degrees online for $19.95 + tax!  And just because a person has a degree in show- shinign doesn’t mean that they can do a better job than someone that has years of experience shining shoes.  Give me my bootblack back!

20 great jobs that don’t require a degree
Four-year college not only path to well-paid work

From CareerBuilder.com
Friday, February 24, 2006; Posted: 7:30 a.m. EST (12:30 GMT)

What do Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and entertainment mogul David Geffen have in common? Besides being exceedingly rich, none of them has a college degree.

Though it was once conventional wisdom that you needed to have a four-year college degree to be successful, many employment experts believe that maxim has become myth.

While a college education increases a worker’s chances of earning more money, it’s certainly not the only reliable path to well-paid and rewarding work.

Even though good jobs increasingly require some post-high school training, many still don’t require a four-year degree. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2014 do not require a bachelor’s degree.

And these jobs, which include health technology, plumbing, firefighter and automotive repair, are less vulnerable to outsourcing. After all, if your car breaks down in Indiana, you’re not going to fly someone in from another country to help you.

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau, career planning expert Michael Farr and statistician Laurence Shatkin recently published the second edition of their book “The 300 Best Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year Degree.”

Among the 25 top-paying occupations are jobs in sales, education, law enforcement, construction, administration and transportation, as well as management and supervisory jobs:

Here are 20 of the top-paying jobs that don’t require a degree according to Shatkin’s book:

# Air traffic controller

Annual income: $102,030

# Storage and distribution manager

Annual income: $66,600

# Transportation manager

Annual income: $66,600

# Police and detectives supervisor

Annual income: $64,430

# Non-retail sales manager

Annual income: $59,300

# Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisor

Annual income: $58,920

# Municipal fire fighting and prevention supervisor

Annual income: $58,902

# Real estate broker

Annual income: $58,720

# Elevator installers and repairer

Annual income: $58,710

# Sales representative

Annual income: $58,580

# Dental hygienist

Annual income: $58,350

# Radiation therapist

Annual income: $57,700

# Nuclear medicine technologist

Annual income: $56,450

# Child support, missing persons and unemployment insurance fraud investigator

Annual income: $53,900

# Criminal investigators and special agent

Annual income: $53,990

# Immigration and Customs inspector

Annual income: $53,990

# Police detective

Annual Income: $53,990

# Police identification and records officer

Annual income: $53,990

# Commercial pilot

Annual income: $53,870

# Talent director

Annual income: $52,840

Though a college degree is not a requirement for these positions, all require moderate to extensive on-the-job training or apprenticeship. In addition, dental hygienists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and commercial pilots require an associate degree at a vocational or technical school.
Highest-demand, competitive-paying jobs

Competitive paying jobs for which there is high demand for workers include:

# Vocational education teachers at the post secondary level, with annual earnings of $40,740 and 216,000 openings each year;

# Registered nurses, with annual earnings of $52,330 and 215,000 openings each year;

# Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, with annual earnings of $45,400 and 160,000 openings annually; and

# Tractor trailer/truck drivers, with annual earnings of $33,520 and 300,000 annual openings.

“The thing to keep in mind is that there are something like 50 million jobs out there that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and pay upwards of $40,000 a year,” says Harlow Unger, author of “But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education.”

He goes on to say that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2010, almost two-thirds of all projected job openings will require only on-the-job training.

So while a college degree was de rigueur for the baby boom generation, that’s not necessarily the case now. In today’s highly technical and service-related market, workers are judged more on their skills than their sheepskins.


Posted by SPN on 02/27 at 02:10 PM in Personal

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