Like me, the people at “The Simple Dollar” blog aren’t against going to college, they’re against “paying huge sums of money for an education that doesn’t lead anywhere,” writes blogger Holly Johnson.
So Johnson came up with 10 in-demand, growing jobs that can’t yet be outsourced or given to robots, using data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If the reason you’re going to school is to find a good-paying job when you come out, consider one of these.
Petroleum engineer. Get a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering to learn about oil extraction and the median wage for bringing up that black gold – $130,050 – will have you living better than a Beverly Hillbilly.
Diagnostic medical sonographer. To take sonogram images, you’ll need either an associate degree or a postsecondary certificate. The median salary is $67,530, but pays as much as $89,870 in California.
Carpenter. Most carpenters learn on the job or through an apprenticeship. In 2014, the average median wage was $40,820, but New York is one of the highest-paying states for carpenters, with a median wage of $59,460. The Carpenters’ Unions post apprenticeships to the Labor.NY.gov regularly.
Occupational therapy assistant. You’ll still get to do some of the hands-on work that helps patients develop their daily living skills, but instead of the master’s degree or post-bachelor certificate required to become an occupational therapist, you’ll need just an associate degree and state licensing. The median wage last year was $56,950, but in Nevada it was a whopping $100,260!
Mortician or funeral service manager. Your services will always be needed, and I can’t imagine anyone coming up with a robot undertaker anytime soon. (Though Robot Undertaker would be an awesome name for a Swedish metal band). In most states, all you need is an associate degree in mortuary science. The median wage last year was $54,370 nationally, but higher in places like Massachusetts ($82,780).
Stonemason. You get to build cool things with your hands. The median annual wage in New York last year was $65,460, but was as much as $77,630 in Massachusetts, and all you need is a one- to two-year apprenticeship or a trade school certificate.
Civil engineer. Get a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, plan and organize big construction jobs, then earn a median wage of $85,050 (or $107,600 in Alaska and $100,330 in Texas).
Dental hygienist. If you don’t mind being all up in someone’s grill, you can make as much as $71,520 with just a two-year degree and a license. In California, you could make a whopping $95,570!
Plumber. Even the most devout do-it-yourselfers are afraid to tackle plumbing. Start with an apprenticeship or a one- to two-year course at a trade school and earn a median wage of $50,660. In Oregon, it’s $72,440. Check with the state labor department for apprenticeship listings.
Medical equipment repairer. Someone’s got to fix all that fancy, life-saving equipment. If it’s you, you’ll earn a median wage of $45,660 with an associate degree in biomedical technology or engineering. The highest-paying states are Alaska ($69,280), Oregon ($58,650) and Delaware ($58,540).
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