$65,000 Non-Degree Jobs That Women Dominate

women dominate jobsBy Charyn Pfeuffer

Hey, ladies! Did you know you could skip earning a college degree and still snag a well-paid job? There are a wide variety of careers out there where a college education may be helpful, but is not essential.

According to a May 2010 Forbes article, "Best-Paying Jobs For Women," women make up more than half of the workforce and are more likely that ever to be primary or co-breadwinners in their families. It's not surprising that they are demanding top dollar for their time.

If you'd like to take home more than $65,000 per year -- without a degree -- here are five fields where women dominate and may more easily find work. All educational data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1. Fashion Designer

If you aspire to be the next Project Runway contestant, consider a job as a fashion designer. Creativity reigns supreme in this field, where designers study trends, sketch designs, select fabrics and see production of clothing, footwear and accessories through until it reaches the consumer.

Typical earnings: $68,000

Girl power: 88% of fashion designers are women.

Educational background: An associate's or a bachelor's degree in fashion design may give applicants an advantage, although experience in textiles, sewing, tailoring and computer-aided design (CAD) all come in handy.

-- Find fashion designer jobs

2. Dental Hygienist

Rest assured, not all dental hygienists are treated like Jennifer Aniston's sidekick in Horrible Bosses. In fact, these professionals play an important role in keeping your pearly whites in tip top condition. From removing deposits to providing preventative care, these practitioners help patients maintain good oral hygiene.

Typical earnings: $67,700

Girl power: 97% of dental hygienists are women

Educational background: If you have a high school diploma and college entrance test scores, it's generally enough to gain entry to a dental hygiene program. Although a degree is not a must, dental hygienists must be licensed by the state in which they practice.

-- Find dental hygienist jobs

3. Vascular Technologist

When it comes to matters of the heart, cardiovascular technologists and technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions. Cardiovascular technologists may specialize in areas of practice that require invasive procedures, such as assisting with open-heart surgeries or inserting pacemakers.

Typical earnings: $66,000

Girl power: 74% of vascular technologists are women

Educational background: Some cardiovascular technologists may need an associate's degree for entry-level employment, but many simply receive on-the-job training. Others may complete a two-year junior or community college program resulting in an associate's degree.

-- Find vascular technologist jobs

4. Registered Nurse, Emergency Room

If you want to work directly with patients, you may want to consider a career as a registered nurse. These hard-working professionals wear a variety of "hats," assisting physicians with everything from performing diagnostic tests to providing emotional support. When placed in an emergency room setting, these nurses size up a patient's immediate needs and care for patients with life-threatening conditions.

Typical earnings: $67,720

Girl power: 92% of registered nurses are women

Educational background: Registered nurses can enter this field via several educational programs, including an associate's degree followed by the successful completion of a national licensing examination.

-- Find registered nurse jobs

5. Ultrasound Technologist

When your pregnant friends post pics of their to-be-born baby on Facebook, those images were captured by an ultrasound technologist. These medical professionals operate specialized equipment and guide patients into position for best visual results for physician review.

Typical earnings: $65,100

Girl power: 90% of ultrasound technologists are women

Educational background: Some people in this industry may pursue formal education via either a two-year or four-year programs, but employers may accept training in an accredited practice or a vocational certificate.

-- Find ultrasound technologist jobs

Source: All salary data is provided online salary database by PayScale.com. Salaries listed are for full-time, female employees with 9-12 years of experience. Percentage of female workers is provided by PayScale.com, as well.

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October 29 2014 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dental hygienists require an associate degree. The job market is poor. Please do some research before you write your articles! Jobs are scarce in ultrasound technicians too.

October 22 2012 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

where'd they get that stuff from? RN's have a minimum of an associates degreee, most have a BS degree and many more go on for their Masters and even Doctoral degrees, I think AOL needs topost an apology!!

March 05 2012 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since when don't registered nurses need a college degree?

March 05 2012 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How ironic. They list careers that actually require a degree of some kind, and skip one that requires no formal education at all. Pet groomers. We can own our own business, make a boat load of cash, even in hard economic times, and the industry is primarily made up of women.

But don't run out and buy a set of clippers and a pair of scissors, and expect to set up shop next week. It does require training. There are grooming schools, or you can apprentice with an established groomer.

March 05 2012 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

An RN is certification/registration with one's state and is not considered a degree. A BSN (Batchelor's degree in Nursing), is a degree and normally takes 4 years to earn as opposed to 3 years for an RN.

March 05 2012 at 10:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to onebluebrick's comment

I have an Associates Degree in Nursing,not a certification.I also had to take State Boards and renew my license every 4 years.A Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN does not earn a Degree.

March 05 2012 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

who the hell thinks nurses do not have degrees..idiots!

March 05 2012 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to luau50a's comment

Be careful whom you call an idiot. An RN is a license, not a degree.

March 05 2012 at 10:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to onebluebrick's comment

An RN has a Degree and a License.

March 05 2012 at 10:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

A nurse with no degree...? your headlines should match your stories.. It seems your top priority is catching a reader's attention; truth in reporting is somewhere further down the priority list!

March 05 2012 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"Non-Degree" jobs? Most of the jobs listed require at least an Associate's degree!

March 05 2012 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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