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A Well-Paid Job Without a Bachelor’s Degree?

Are you looking for a well-paying job? What if you are looking to start your career as quickly after graduating from high school as possible? Contrary to what you may have heard, you have some great options! High school students who combine their Pathway coursework with related work experience or on-the-job training, or who complete a certificate, other non-degree award, or an associate degree will have the training they need to compete in 80 well-paying occupations (over $50,000/year) that require less than a bachelor’s degree for entry. The following is a list of the top three highest paid occupations by education level. You can check out the full list – and a lot of other great information – in the Summer 2012 edition of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.  

High School   Postsecondary Non-degree   Associate Degree
         
Nuclear power reactor operators
($75,650/year)
  Commercial pilots
($67,500/year)
  Air traffic controllers
($108,040/year)*
         
Elevator installers
and repairers
($70,910/year)
  Electrical and electronic repairers, powerhouse,
substation & relay
($65,230/year)
  Radiation therapists
($74,980/year)
         
Power distributors
and dispatchers
($68,900/year)
  Insurance appraisers, auto damage
($56,230/year)
  Nuclear medicine technologists
($68,560/year)
         
        Dental hygienist
($68,250/year)

 

*Air Traffic Controller was the 5th highest paid occupation in Utah according to Utah Department of Workforce Services (“Utah’s Top 20”).

Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah Department of Workforce Services

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