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CareerCast Publishes 2014 List of Top-Notch Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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Carpenter, Web Developer, Dental Hygienist, Hair Stylist and Registered Nurse Are Among the Best Professions

CARLSBAD, Calif. and PENNINGTON, N.J., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Great careers in strong, fast-growing industries are available even if you don't have a Bachelor's degree, says the annual CareerCast report on the best jobs without a college degree. Among the best professions on the list are Carpenter, Computer Service Technician, Dental Hygienist, Hair Stylist and Registered Nurse.

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"For job seekers who simply didn't or couldn't attend college, there are still many rewarding career opportunities available if they know where to look, including in fields such as health care, personal services and information technology," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast. "To land one of these jobs, you'll need to compensate with good, old fashioned hard work and some post-high school training,"

Studies show that earning a college degree will lead to a more rewarding career financially than if you never advance beyond high school. They also show that spending some time in college, such as for an associate's degree, will pay off in higher earnings compared to having just a high school diploma. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average median weekly salary for a worker without a degree $651, compared to $777 for those with an associate's degree and $1,108 for those earning a bachelor's degree. The tradeoff is that a college degree can be costly -- the average cost for a four-year degree ranges from $40,000 to $160,000, according to the College Board. 

Self-employment also is a promising path for several of CareerCast's top jobs without a college degree. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that more than 22 million Americans are self-employed. The highest growth industries for self-employment include automotive repair and personal grooming, and for those who are trained or have experience as automobile body repairers, hair stylists or skincare specialists, the opportunity to thrive as business owners is significant.

Though college degrees aren't required for these jobs, they do require specialized training. Individual states have licensing boards for skincare specialists and hair stylists, and specialty programs exist to help students learn the basics. Similarly, trade skills offer aspiring welders, automotive repair specialists, electricians and carpenters training to get started. Likewise, job seekers in the healthcare industry can get their start through associate's programs in nursing, respiratory therapy and medical record-keeping.

Here is CareerCast's list of the 16 best jobs that don't require a college degree:

Profession

Median Salary         

Hiring Outlook by 2022

Administrative Assistant

$35,330

12%

Appliance Repairer

$43,640

21%

Automobile Body Repairer

$37,680

13%

Bookkeeper

$35,170

11%

Carpenter

$39,940

24%

Computer Service Technician    

$48,900

17%

Dental Hygienist 

$70,210

33%

Electrician 

$49,840

20%

Hair Stylist

$22,770

13%

Medical Records Technician

$34,160

22%

Paralegal Assistant    

$46,990

17%

Registered Nurse  

$65,470

19%

Respiratory Therapist     

$55,870

19%

Skincare Specialist   

$28,640

40%

Web Developer   

$62,500

20%

Welder              

$36,300

6%

To see the full report, go to http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-without-degree-2014

About CareerCast.com
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

Editor's Note: This material may be published with a link to http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-without-degree-2014

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