Careers Where a College Degree Not Required

This is our second annual study identifying the Careers with highest Total Employment and Annual Median Wage (in $)s.

The table below contains data on hundreds of careers. The 2nd column ("Total Employment") represents the number of jobs for a given occupation. You can also see the Highest Annual Median wage for any particular career in the third column ("Annual Median Wage (in $)").

Note: Clicking on any of the hyperlinked Career names will bring you to a detailed profile page for the Career, including the Top Cities (a list of salaries by metro area), Top Industries (a list of industries which employ the most people in the job) and Related Career Stories for a particular Career.

List of schools providing the programs in order to pursue a particular career is also available upon clicking the Career names.

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median Wage (in $)
Accountants and Auditors1,280,70071,550
Air Traffic Controllers22,090122,990
Art Directors42,89094,220
Athletic Trainers28,60048,440
Avionics Technicians21,75065,700
Biochemists and Biophysicists31,36094,490
Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers19,78091,410
Biological Technicians79,53045,860
Broadcast Technicians28,65040,570
Budget Analysts51,46076,540
Chemical Engineers30,120108,770
Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians68,87053,410
Civil Engineers310,85087,060
Compensation and Benefits Managers16,900122,270
Computer Programmers199,54086,550
Construction and Building Inspectors110,42060,710
Construction Managers293,38095,260
Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners14,53060,130
Craft Artists4,64034,710
Credit Analysts73,93073,650
Customer Service Representatives2,919,23034,710
Database Administrators and Architects125,46093,750
Dental Assistants351,47040,080
Dental Hygienists221,56076,220
Dental Laboratory Technicians34,46041,340
Desktop Publishers8,74045,390
Dietetic Technicians29,23028,400
Dietitians and Nutritionists67,67061,270
Electrical Engineers185,57098,530
Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians18,01050,620
Environmental Engineers53,15088,860
Fashion Designers22,03073,790
Film and Video Editors27,57063,780
Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other458,51081,590
Financial Examiners64,55081,090
Financial Managers654,790129,890
Floral Designers41,77028,040
Food Service Managers235,47055,320
Forensic Science Technicians16,52059,150
Forest and Conservation Workers6,76031,770
Graphic Designers215,93052,110
Health Technologists and Technicians2,902,30044,380
Home Appliance Repairers31,10040,260
Home Health and Personal Care Aides3,161,50025,280
Home Health and Personal Care Aides3,161,50025,280
Human Resources Managers154,800116,720
Human Resources Specialists633,04061,920
Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians67,11056,550
Industrial Engineers291,71088,020
Industrial Machinery Mechanics387,63053,590
Loan Officers308,37063,270
Management Analysts709,75085,260
Marketing Managers263,680136,850
Medical Assistants712,43034,800
Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other331,79042,630
Medical Equipment Repairers46,37049,280
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants604,78036,580
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers117,77046,650
Motorcycle Mechanics15,59037,600
Pharmacy Technicians417,78033,950
Physical Therapist Aides49,27027,000
Physical Therapist Assistants96,84058,790
Psychiatric Technicians78,47033,780
Recreational Therapists19,07048,220
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians15,58038,570
Registered Nurses2,982,28073,300
Respiratory Therapists132,09061,330
Surgical Technologists109,00048,300
Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary1,346,91027,920
Travel Agents66,67040,660
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (
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