40 High-Paying Jobs That Don't Require A Bachelor's Degree

Each offers an average annual salary of at least $58,000

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By Vivian Giang

In today's uncertain economy, a college education no longer guarantees you a high-paying job. But on the flip side, if you don't want to go to college, you don't have to - you can still get a high-paying job without a bachelor's degree. According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the 40 highest-paying jobs that don't require workers to have a four-year college degree. Each has an annual salary of at least $58,000.

The median annual wages listed are calculated to include hourly, weekly, and annual pay, as well as sales commissions and production bonuses. Overtime wages are not included in the data. We also provided the expected job openings through 2022 and the work experience or on-the-job training needed for a particular job.

Compared to last year's list, newcomer jobs include makeup artists, transportation inspectors, and funeral service managers. Out of all of the jobs, registered nurses have the most projected openings through 2022 with 1,052,600 estimated positions.

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40. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

Median annual wage: (2012): $58,760
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 61,600
Work experience: None
Description: Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a purchasing agent.

39. Computer Network Support Specialists

Median annual wage (2012): $59,090
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 39,600
Work experience: None
Description: Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a computer network support specialist.

38. Engineering technicians, except drafters

Median annual wage (2012): $59,440
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,600
Work experience: None
Description: Solve technical problems. Some help engineers and scientists do research and development.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a engineering technician.

37. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Median annual wage (2012): $59,700
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 187,100
Work experience: Five years or more
Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now in construction trades.

36. Artists and related workers

Median annual wage (2012): $59,840
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,700
Work experience: None
Description: Represents creative occupations with a wide range of characteristics.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as an artist.

35. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Median annual wage (2012): $59,960
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 80,300
Work experience: None
Description: Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators evaluate insurance claims.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a claims adjusters, examiner, or investigator.

34. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Median annual wage (2012): $60,250
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 152,000
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Coordinate mechanic's activities.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a mechanics or installer supervisor.

33. Gas plant operators

Median annual wage (2012): $61,140
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,700
Work experience: None
Description: Control systems and do round checks to make sure everything is working properly.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a gas plant operator.

32. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians

Median annual wage (2012): $61,530
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,100
Work experience: None
Description: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a aerospace engineering and operations technician.

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31. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Median annual wage (2012): $61,850
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 15,500
Work experience: None
Description: Control the operation of petroleum refining or processing units.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a refinery operator.

30. Web developer

Median annual wage (2012): $62,500
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,700
Work experience: None
Description: Design, create, and modify websites.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a web developer.

29. Subway and streetcar operators

Median annual wage (2012): $62,730
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,300
Work experience: None
Description: Transport passengers.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find our more about subway and streetcar operators.

28. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Median annual wage (2012): $63,050
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 5,000
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a U.S. post office.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find our more about postmasters and mail superintendents.

27. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Median annual wage (2012): $63,250
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 49,900
Work experience: None
Description: Install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a electrical power-line installer.

26. Transportation Inspectors

Median annual wage (2012): $63,680
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,700
Work experience: None
Description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a transportation inspector.

25. Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

Median annual wage (2012): $64,450
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Projected job openings (through 2022): 300
Work experience: None
Description: Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a makeup artist.

24. Business operations specialists

Median annual wage (2012): $65,120
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 209,400
Work experience: None
Description: Coordinate the operations of companies, such as training and planning.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a business operations specialist.

23. Gaming managers

Median annual wage (2012): $65,220
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,400
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a gaming manager.

22. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

Median annual wage (2012): $65,360
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,300
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a magnetic resonance imaging technologist.

21. Registered nurses

Median annual wage (2012): $65,470
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,052,600
Work experience: None
Description: Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a registered nurse.

20. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Median annual wage (2012): $65,860
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,300
Work experience: None
Description: Use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient's body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

19. Power plant operators

Median annual wage (2012): $66,130
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 12,900
Work experience: None
Description: Control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a power plant operator.

18. Funeral service managers

Median annual wage (2012): $66,720
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,200
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a funeral service manager.

17. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

Median annual wage (2012): $68,210
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Projected job openings (through 2022): 30,500
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Coordinate activities of workers engaged in fire fighting and fire prevention and control.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a fire fighting first-line supervisor.

16. Media and communication equipment workers

Median annual wage (2012): $68,810
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,900
Work experience: None
Description: Set up, operate, and monitor audio, video, and digital equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.
On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Find out more about media and communication equipment workers.

15. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Median annual wage (2012): $68,810
Degree required: Postsecondary non-degree award
Projected job openings (through 2022): 5,000
Work experience: None
Description: Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find out more about electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay.

14. Nuclear technicians

Median annual wage (2012): $69,069
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,100
Work experience: None
Description: Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a nuclear technician.

13. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Median annual wage (2012): $69,300
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 150,200
Work experience: Five years or more
Description: Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.
On-the-job training: None

Find out more about farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

12. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Median annual wage (2012): $70,060
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,300
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers.
On-the-job training: None

Find our more about first-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers.

11. Nuclear medicine technologists

Median annual wage (2012): $70,180
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 7,200
Work experience: None
Description: Use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a nuclear medicine technologist.

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10. Dental hygienists

Median annual wage (2012): $70,210
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 113,500
Work experience: None
Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a dental hygienist.

9. Power distributors and dispatchers

Median annual wage (2012): $71,690
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,600
Work experience: None
Description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a power distributors and dispatcher.

8. Commercial pilots

Median annual wage (2012): $73,280
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,400
Work experience: None
Description: Fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a commercial pilot.

7. Detectives and criminal investigators

Median annual wage (2012): $74,300
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 27,700
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a detective.

6. Nuclear power reactor operators

Median annual wage (2012): $74,990
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,300
Work experience: None
Description: Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a nuclear power reactor operator.

5. Elevator installers and repairers

Median annual wage (2012): $76,650
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,000
Work experience: None
Description: Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.
On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Find our more about elevator installers and repairers.

4. Radiation therapists

Median annual wage (2012): $77,560
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,400
Work experience: None
Description: Check equipment, observe patients' reactions to treatment, and document the session.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a radiation therapist.

3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Median annual wage (2012): $78,270
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,700
Work experience: Less than five years
Description: Coordinate activities of members of police force.
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Find out more about first-line supervisors of police and detectives.

2. Transportation, storage, and distribution manager.

Median annual wage (2012): $81,830
Degree required: High school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2022): 29,100
Work experience: Five years or more
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations.
On-the-job training: None

Find a job now as a transportation, storage, and distribution manager.

1. Air Traffic Controller

Median annual wage (2012): $122,530
Degree required: Associate's degree
Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,400
Work experience: None
Description: Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor's degree.
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Find a job now as a air traffic controller.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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