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Summer 2012
Vol. 56, Number 2
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Summer 2012, Vol. 56, Number 2

High wages after high school— without a bachelor's degree



W hat's the best way to enter a highpaying career without having a bachelor's degree? Well, there are lots of ways. An associate's degree, a postsecondary non-degree award, or a high school diploma—often coupled with work experience in a related occupation, on-the-job training, or both—can lead to a job that really pays off.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 80 occupations typically require less than a bachelor's degree to enter and had median annual wages of over $50,000 in May 2010. Some of them had median wages that were much higher than that.

The occupations are diverse and wide ranging. They include different types of managers, technicians, and repairers, as well as registered nurses, commercial divers, and fashion designers. And they are employed across nearly all industries.

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Last Updated: June 29, 2012