A college education is something that is highly sought after by employers and employees. As college tuition rates soar, it can be harder financially to obtain a four-year degree. Thankfully this does not mean that those without a four-year degree are out of luck. There are many positions that pay well and offer benefits and only require two-year degrees and even less in some cases. Likewise, there are trade schools and community colleges that give students the required training they need in order to advance their careers. In the field of science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM, there are high-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree.
Air Traffic Controller
Annual Salary: $113,600
Educational Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen; complete an air traffic management degree from a Federal Aviation Administration certified school; earn a qualifying score on an FAA pre-employment test; complete training at FAA academy.
Perks: Rewarding job with great security.
More Information: https://www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_careers/
Annual Salary: $68,000
Educational Requirements: An associate degree in nuclear science or a nuclear-related technology and extensive on-the-job-training.
Perks: Specialized field, full benefits.
More Information: http://education-portal.com/nuclear_technician.html
Annual Salary: 67,700
Educational Requirements: Two-year diploma or associate degree.
Perks: Flexible schedule, benefits packages. Plenty of job opportunities.
More Information: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
Annual Salary: $66,700
Educational Requirements: Only an associate’s degree.
Perks: Flexible hours, high hourly wage, and employee-sponsored benefits package.
More Information: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/dental-hygienist
Annual Salary: $54,800
Educational Requirements: A two-year degree along with a passing score on you state’s radiologic licensing exam.
Perks: Fastest growing occupations, flexible hours and full benefits.
More Information: https://www.arrt.org/
Annual Salary: $48,000
Educational Requirements: Graphic design students can learn the technical aspects of the trade in a two-year degree or certificate program and then intern to learn the artistic side.
Perks: Creativity, room for advancement and high pay salaries.
More Information: http://www.aiga.org/guide-findfirstjob/
Annual Salary: $47,700
Educational Requirements: Many electrical technicians complete a four-year paid apprenticeship program.
Perks: No college loan debt, enter the field with experience.
More Information: http://educationportal.com/articles/Electrical_Technician%3A_Educational_Requirements_for_Electrical_Technicians.html
Computer Support Specialist
Annual Salary: $45,000
Educational Requirements: You can break in with a two-year degree (though some jobs in the field require a four-year degree).
Perks: Growing field, full benefits, possibility of tuition reimbursement.
More Information: http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/tech_support.htm
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