The Best Jobs That Don’t Require A Bachelor’s Degree – Forbes
A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute found that while low-skill jobs are on the decline, by 2020 employers around the globe will need an estimated 45 million more mid-level workers who have a high school education and vocational training. Meanwhile, a highly cited study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education last year concluded that in the U.S. “we place far too much emphasis on a single pathway to success: attending and graduating from a four-year college.” According to the report, 30% of the 47 million new jobs expected to be created in the U.S. by 2018 will only require an associate’s degree or a certificate.
With college costs rising—the average student debt burden now at $23,300 and 10% of students owing more than $54,000—it may be time to consider the alternatives. According to Dale Stephens, an educational futurist and author of upcoming book Hacking Your Education, “More and more people are asking themselves, Is going to college the most effective way to spend $100,000 and four years of my life? Instead of choosing between law school and med school, they are making a third choice and walking out.”
As it turns out, you don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree to achieve good pay and job security. In the fourth edition of 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree due out this fall, researcher Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., pinpointed jobs that require an associate’s degree or less and offer high earnings, thousands of annual job openings and strong projected growth, using the latest data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS. Those that ranked in the top 20 were concentrated in health care, construction and skilled labor, and sales.
At the top of the list, the No. 1 best job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s is registered nursing. The field is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 26% and features over 120,000 annual openings. Registered nurses earn a median of $65,950 working in hospitals, doctor’s offices, home healthcare services and nursing care facilities. While workers may choose to pursue a bachelor’s of nursing, only an associate’s degree and passing a national licensing exam is required.
Strange Random Degree Quote:
I have a degree in liberal arts. Do you want fries with that? – Author unknown, as seen on a T-shirt
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Posted on June 25, 2012, in Article and tagged Associate degree, Bachelor's degree, Dale Stephens, Forbes, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Higher education, Nursing, Stevens–Henager College. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.