16 Best Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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While the Labor Department's jobs reports repeatedly show pay tends to be higher on average for those with a four-year college degree, there are at least 16 jobs that CareerCast.com says are great jobs without one.

"While there's no doubt that a four-year college degree guarantees higher lifetime earnings, our report shows that there are a range of meaningful careers available for those who can't afford to earn a college degree," Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median weekly salary for a worker without a degree was $651, compared to $777 for people with an associate’s degree and $1,108 for those with a bachelor’s degree.

CareerCast pulled these best jobs without a college degree from its 2014 Jobs Rated report, which judges jobs on factors that include environment, income and outlook as forecast by the Labor Department. The outlook figure is expressed as a percentage increase in jobs in a particular career field by 2022.

While a four-year college degree may not be required, these jobs do require at least specialized training or an associate's degree. In a competitive job market, applicants with a college degree often have an advantage. Some individual states have licensing boards for jobs like skincare specialists and hair stylists.

Here are CareerCast's 16 best jobs that don't require a four-year bachelor's degree, in alphabetical order:

Median Salary: $35,330

Administrative Assistant

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 12%

Median Salary: $43,640

Appliance Repairer

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 21%

Median Salary: $37,680

Automobile Body Repairer

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 13%

Median Salary: $35,170

Bookkeeper

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 11%

Median Salary: $39,940

Carpenter

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 24%

Median Salary: $48,900

Computer Service Technician

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 17%

Median Salary: $70,210

Dental Hygienist

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 33%

Median Salary: $49,840

Electrician

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 20%

Median Salary: $22,770

Hair Stylist

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 13%

Median Salary: $34,160

Medical Records Technician

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 22%

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Median Salary: $46,990

Paralegal Assistant

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 17%

Median Salary: $65,470

Registered Nurse

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 19%

Median Salary: $55,870

Respiratory Therapist

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 19%

Median Salary: $28,640

Skincare Specialist

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 40%

Median Salary: $62,500

Web Developer

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 20%

Median Salary: $36,300

Welder

Hiring Outlook by 2022: 6%

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