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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
  Commercial pilots
  Air traffic controllers
Elevator installers
and repairers
  Electrical and electronic repairers, powerhouse,
substation & relay
  Radiation therapists
Power distributors
and dispatchers
  Insurance appraisers, auto damage
  Nuclear medicine technologists
        Dental hygienist


*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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