Introduction:According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the following are the fastest growing job markets to start a career in, if you aren't pursuing a 4-year college degree. These careers require only vocational or technical school degrees, associates degrees or certificate programs.
Estheticians or skin care specialists may work for spas, beauty salons, skin care and makeup product distributors, or several other industry-related jobs. To become an esthetician in most states, you need only a 2-year community college or vocational school certificate to become licensed by the state. Salary range is $20,000-45,000
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning)technicians are in demand for both repair and installation. After completing a vocational school or similar level program, HVAC techs may work in the construction industry, hospital or commercial building maintenance industry, or may work with a residential heating & air conditioning company. Salaries depend on experience and geographical location, varying from $28,000-75,000 or more.
Legal assistants and paralegals can find work in law firms big and small, mortgage companies, private investigation firms, and city government offices. Salaries range from $29,000-50,000 and vary by geographical location.
Fitness Instructors and personal trainers continue to be a popular career choice for many that enjoy a fit and active lifestyle. Requirements vary state by state, but for many, being a fitness instructor or trainer can be a very lucrative career.
Dental hygienists are slated to be in demand for the next 2-8 years. Vocational school or associate degree programs are available in all larger metropolitan areas. Average salary for a dental hygienist is $48,000-70,000.
Federal grants and other student financial aid programs are available for those wishing to pursue any of these five job markets.
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I was going to become and electrologist hair remover, but it is very tedious on the neck and eyes and mine could not tolerate it. Good list!
Not fast growing, but I have always done well with real estate. Good list.
Thanks @litetender. You're correct - some require a 2-year associate's degree. I've updated the title and intro. :)
Great list. I sent it to my daughter who is interested in dental hygiene ... you do have to have a (2 year) degree for that in NC and it is HIGHLY competitive ...
select one here...