6 High Paying Jobs That Don't Require an Advanced Degree


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With more than 74,000 new jobs added in December the " Employment Situation " is improving -- but not nearly at the rate anyone was hoping to see. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate is still teetering in the high 6% range with more than 10 million unemployed. [ ]

While in many fields the picture is still bleak, that doesn't mean there isn't ample opportunity in today's marketplace. Unfortunately, however, many of those high-paying opportunities are in career fields requiring advanced degrees. In fact -- according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- 14 of the top 20 highest paying occupations require an advance degree – and many of those require a doctorate degree.

On the bright-side, though, that leaves six exciting and high-paying occupations that won't require extra years of study and more expensive student loans.

These jobs are competitive, demanding, they do require a Bachelor's degree in specific fields, and in many cases require specialized certifications. For those of you, however, that are determined to find a new career, energized by the idea of a competitive work environment, and enthusiastic about earning six-figure salaries, well then, you've come to the right place.

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6 High Paying Jobs That Don't Require an Advanced Degree

  1. 1. 6 High Paying Jobs That Don’t Require an Advanced Degree
  2. 2. 6. Top Executive 2012 Median Pay: $101,650 Source: Harvard on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 11% increase • Job description: – “They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.” • What most executives have in common: – Many top executives earn a 4-year business degree, then advance within a company.
  3. 3. 5. Advertising Manager 2012 Median Pay: $115,750 Source: icouldstories on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 12% increase • Job description: – “Plan programs to generate interest in a product or service.” • Relevant courses of study: – Marketing, market research, sales, consumer behavior, and visual arts.
  4. 4. 4. Information Technology (IT) Manager 2012 Median Pay: $120,950 Source: universitytoronto on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 15% increase • Job description: – “Direct computer-related activities in an organization.” • Relevant courses of study: – Computer programming, software development, and mathematics.
  5. 5. 3. Air Traffic Controller 2012 Median Pay: $122,530 Source: ABC News on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 1% increase (nearly flat) • Job description: – “Coordinate the movement of air traffic.” • Relevant courses of study: – U.S. citizen, pass the Federal Aviation Administration test, and training course at the FAA academy.
  6. 6. 2. Architectural and Engineering Manager 2012 Median Pay: $124,870 Source: YKKAPvideo on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 7% increase • Job description: – “Plan, coordinate, and direct activities in architectural and engineering companies.” • Relevant courses of study: – Accounting, engineering economics, financial management, and quality control.
  7. 7. 1. Petroleum Engineer 2012 Median Pay: $130,280 Source: Shell on YouTube • Job outlook 2012-2022: – 26% increase • Job description: – “Design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface.” • Relevant courses of study: – Engineering principles, geology, and thermodynamics.
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