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 Auditors1,259,93070,500
Air Traffic Controllers22,390124,540
Art Directors40,21092,780
Athletic Trainers26,89047,510
Avionics Technicians18,86064,140
Biochemists and Biophysicists28,50093,280
Biological Technicians77,45044,500
Biomedical Engineers18,97088,550
Broadcast Technicians31,58040,080
Budget Analysts52,81076,220
Chemical Engineers32,060104,910
Civil Engineering Technicians71,15052,580
Civil Engineers306,03086,640
Compensation and Benefits Managers15,660121,010
Computer Operators34,70045,840
Computer Programmers230,47084,280
Construction and Building Inspectors104,09059,700
Construction Managers278,46093,370
Court Reporters14,49057,150
Craft Artists3,98034,240
Credit Analysts74,82071,520
Customer Service Representatives2,871,40033,750
Database Administrators110,09090,070
Dental Assistants341,06038,660
Dental Hygienists215,15074,820
Dental Laboratory Technicians34,48040,440
Desktop Publishers10,74042,910
Dietetic Technicians33,54027,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists64,67060,370
Electrical Engineers186,49096,640
Environmental Engineering Technicians17,31050,560
Environmental Engineers53,07087,620
Fashion Designers19,75072,720
Film and Video Editors28,16062,650
Financial Analysts306,20085,660
Financial Examiners58,59080,180
Financial Managers608,120127,990
Floral Designers43,36027,200
Food Service Managers219,16054,240
Forensic Science Technicians15,97058,230
Forest and Conservation Workers7,51027,460
Graphic Designers217,81050,370
Health Technologists and Technicians3,110,18044,700
Home Appliance Repairers31,13039,270
Home Health Aides797,67024,200
Human Resources Managers143,580113,300
Human Resources Specialists593,79060,880
Industrial Engineering Technicians66,54055,460
Industrial Engineers279,55087,040
Industrial Machinery Mechanics362,44052,340
Loan Officers304,95063,040
Management Analysts684,47083,610
Marketing Managers240,440134,290
Medical Assistants673,66033,610
Medical Equipment Repairers46,32049,210
Medical Secretaries585,41035,760
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers116,75044,840
Mental Health CounselorsN/AN/A
Motorcycle Mechanics15,09036,790
Pharmacy Technicians417,86032,700
Physical Therapist Aides47,26026,240
Physical Therapist Assistants94,25058,040
Psychiatric Technicians71,36032,870
Recreational Therapists18,84047,860
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians15,56038,160
Registered Nurses2,951,96071,730
Respiratory Therapists129,60060,280
Respiratory Therapy Technicians9,09051,210
Surgical Technologists110,16047,300
Teacher Assistants1,331,56026,970
Travel Agents69,48038,700
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (

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  • Career training since 1963.
  • Gives you the freedom and flexibility to learn on your own time, at your own pace and in your own environment.
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  • 70+ years of helping students start careers in Health Sciences, Business & Information Technology, Automotive, Skilled Trades, and more.
  • This year, Lincoln schools around the country have made more than $15 million in scholarship funds available to qualified students.
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  • Named a Culinary School of Excellence by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in 2015.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
North-West College

North-West College prides itself for having modern, well-equipped facilities that are centered on the student’s experience.

 North-West College (NWC) was founded in 1966 by Marsha Fuerst. Mrs. Fuerst's family has been involved in the allied health field since the early 1950's. North-West College continues to be owned and operated by Mrs. Fuerst's son Mitchell Fuerst. The Fuersts' passion for career education and their desire to provide high quality, relevant training is one of the guiding principles of the College.

 Our College's mission is to prepare students in short term programs for gainful employment. To accomplish this, we furnish a professional faculty, well-qualified administrators, and a top-notch support staff. Facilities are well equipped, clean, and decorated to keep the atmosphere vibrant, friendly, and warm. The quality of education is the highest priority at the College. Students are accepted on their ability to benefit regardless for race, color, or creed.

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