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May 13, 2014 at 7:53 AM
16 Best Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
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(NEW YORK) -- While the Labor Department's jobs reports repeatedly show pay tends to be higher on average for those with a four-year college degree, there are at least 16 jobs that CareerCast.com says are great jobs without one.

"While there's no doubt that a four-year college degree guarantees higher lifetime earnings, our report shows that there are a range of meaningful careers available for those who can't afford to earn a college degree," Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median weekly salary for a worker without a degree was $651, compared to $777 for people with an associate’s degree and $1,108 for those with a bachelor’s degree.

CareerCast pulled these best jobs without a college degree from its 2014 Jobs Rated report, which judges jobs on factors that include environment, income and outlook as forecast by the Labor Department. The outlook figure is expressed as a percentage increase in jobs in a particular career field by 2022.

While a college degree isn't required, they do require at least specialized training. Some individual states have licensing boards for jobs like skincare specialists and hair stylists.

Here are CareerCast's 16 best jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree, in alphabetical order:

Administrative Assistant
Median Salary: $35,330
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 12%

Appliance Repairer
Median Salary: $43,640
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 21%

Automobile Body Repairer
Median Salary: $37,680
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 13%

Bookkeeper
Median Salary: $35,170
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 11%

Carpenter
Median Salary: $39,940
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 24%

Computer Service Technician
Median Salary: $48,900
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 17%

Dental Hygienist
Median Salary: $70,210
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 33%

Electrician
Median Salary: $49,840
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 20%

Hair Stylist
Median Salary: $22,770
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 13%

Medical Records Technician
Median Salary: $34,160
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 22%

Paralegal Assistant
Median Salary: $46,990
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 17%

Registered Nurse
Median Salary: $65,470
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 19%

Respiratory Therapist
Median Salary: $55,870
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 19%

Skincare Specialist
Median Salary: $28,640
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 40%

Web Developer
Median Salary: $62,500
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 20%

Welder
Median Salary: $36,300
Hiring Outlook by 2022: 6%

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