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