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Winter 2004-05 Vol. 48, Number 4

Job outlook for people
who donít have a
bachelorís degree



—NUTSHELL:
Training for a career doesn't have to mean going to college. Find out what the opportunities will be, whatever your education level.


—SNIPPET:
You have skills. You have knowledge. And you can have a good careeróregardless of whether you have a bachelorís degree. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections, millions of job openings will be available between 2002 and 2012 for people who donít have a bachelorís degree. And many of these job openings will be in high-paying occupations.

But which occupations should you train for? Which are expected to offer the best prospects? Read on to learn about the occupations that are projected to have the most openings for people who do not have a bachelorís degree and about high-demand occupations that pay well. Learn more about career fieldsóincluding construction, healthcare, education, and computer workóthat are expected to provide good opportunities for new workers. Accompanying tables identify projected openings and 2002 earnings for occupations in each of these career fields.

As the information beginning on page 11 explains, the data in this article are estimates. They are based on the education levels of current workers and on projections of future job growth. Additionally, the results assume that future workers will have education levels similar to those of current workers. The data provided throughout the article, along with the resources listed at the end, can help you decide how to pursue a career that interests you.

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Last Updated: July 6, 2005