2020 UPDATE: 5 jobs that pay over $50k a year that don’t require a college degree

Let’s take a look at 5 jobs that pay over $50k a year that don’t require a college degree.

1. Computer Support Specialist

Computer specialists or computer technicians help and advise people and offices with computer software and equipment. In this role, you are responsible for figuring out a variety of information technology (IT) issues like why the Wi-Fi isn’t working or why emails won’t go through.

Computer service technicians need to have a strong technical know-how, patience, and excellent communication skills. An ability to figure out a problem quickly and efficiently is also good to have.

An associate’s degree is often sufficient for this position, although sometimes a high school diploma will suffice with the right skills. These jobs can have either traditional 9 to 5 hours or require working late nights, early mornings, and weekends.

Median Salary: $53,470
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 11% increase in jobs by 2026.

2. Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists clean patients’ teeth, examine them for oral diseases and provide other preventative dental care. They are often the first people patients see during a visit and help guide a busy dentist in the needs of each patient.

Dental hygienists don’t need a four-year college degree, but they do typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Every state requires dental hygienists to be certified as well.

Given the nature of the job, hygienists should have strong communication skills and be willing to work very closely with all types of people (and teeth). An attention to detail and a caring touch is also important because many patients fear dental work.

Median Salary: $74,820
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 20% increase in jobs from by 2026.

3. Electrician

From factories to offices to homes, electricians are in charge of supplying power to our world. They install and maintain electricity, lighting, and communication systems for a variety of industries and needs.

Electricians can be employed in jobs that are indoors or outdoors, or both. They may also be asked to cover emergency situations and be on call regularly.

As well as training programs offered at vocational schools, electricians typically have an on-the-job apprenticeship. Attention to detail, a steady hand and the ability to troubleshoot problems are good skills to bring to this job.

Median Salary: $55,190
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 9% increase in jobs by 2026.

4. Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of work to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

An associate’s degree or a certificate in paralegal studies is typically required for entry-level candidates. If you have excellent communication skills, are detail-oriented and enjoy an ever-changing and always challenging work environment, a paralegal career may be a good choice.

Median Salary: $50,940
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 15% increase in jobs by 2026.

5. Web Developer

Web developers design, develop, and maintain websites. Some web developers are self-employed, working for a variety of companies and individuals. Others work in computer systems design, information services, finance, or education for large and small companies.

This is a good career choice for individuals who are both technical and creative and if one of those is not your strong suit, you can concentrate on the other. Web developers are needed for various projects and many become specialists in a few specific skills with a general understanding.

Web developers typically need an associate’s degree in web design or a related field, such as programming or graphic design. Be ready to continue learning throughout your career because technology changes fast and you need to keep up with the latest trends on the web.

Median Salary: $69,430
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 15% increase in jobs by 2026.

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