While there are some who believe getting a good-paying job is nearly impossible without a college degree. There are those who believe that having one is the only way to guarantee success and secure entry into the middle-class.
In today’s changing education and workforce environments, these assumptions no longer hold true. There are a lot of high-paying jobs that require real world experience, some college, a certification, license or an associate (2-year) degree. These employment opportunities are what experts call Middle-skills careers. Middle-skills careers are jobs that require more than a high-school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree.
Below is a list of high paying middle-skills careers that do not require a four-year degree:
1. Computer Security Analyst: This person protects an organization's computer system and network and deals with cybersecurity and data protection. This job does not necessarily require a degree or master’s in information technology except for few companies that set it as their standard. For most, all you only need are IT certifications, strong work experience with knowledge of computer science skills, IT security and programming skills. The average annual income is approximately $98,350.
2. App Developer: An app developer designs, creates and modifies apps. They update the app interface and follow changes in design ensuring the app runs as supposed. An app developer works for the app owner and makes sure his specific needs, desire, performance, graphics, speed, content, and build are made to prescription. This career requires an associate degree or certification. The average annual income is approximately $73,257.
3. Ultrasound Technician: Ultrasound technicians are also known as diagnostic medical sonographers. They work under the direction of a doctors at hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical centers, and laboratories to produce ultrasound images for patients. To pursue this career, an associate degree and/or certifications are required. The average annual income is approximately $67,100.
4. Tool and Die Making: This career involves operating and setting up machine-controlled tools used to produce tools used for the manufacturing process. This skill can be learned via apprenticeship programs, technical colleges, and vocational schools. A tool and die maker might need some IT experience when the job involves computer-controlled machinery. The average annual income is approximately $66, 842.
5. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician: This career requires technicians for aerospace and engineering operations to develop, test, and produce new aircraft and spacecraft. It only requires an associate degree and the average annual income is approximate $61,530.
6. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers: As long as we rely on electricity, there will always be a need for people to repair electrical power systems. This career requires a high school diploma or equivalent and the average annual income is approximate $63,250.
7. Web Developer: This is a great career path with a lot of job opportunities not just for the younger generation but also to for anyone who is willing to learn. It requires a person to design, create, and modify websites and is seen to have steady growth. It requires an associate degree and the average annual income is approximate $62,500.
8. Computer Support Specialist: It is common knowledge that the IT profession is a high-demand industry. Computer support specialist provide support to people and companies about their computer equipment and/or software. They provide this help in person, over the phone, or online. The requirement is a certification, or an associate degree and the average annual income is approximate $59,470.
9. Service Delivery Analyst: A service delivery analyst must ensure that clients receive high-quality services. They analyze how service can be improved and delivered using software to track and monitor the smoothness of the user's experience. The analyst is thereby expected to have good computer skills. This job requires on the job experience. The average annual income is approximately $56,433.
10. Real Estate Sales Agent: Although a college degree is not a prerequisite to become a real estate sales agent, you do need to be licensed in the state you plan to work. The job of a real estate sales agents is to create, negotiate and close out contracts between buyers and sellers and sellers to buyers. This career is based on commission. The more homes you sell, the higher your commission. The opposite is true.
In closing, while a college degree is important and encouraged, it is possible to enter the middle-class and have a great career without one.