Fastest Growing Job Markets Without a Four Year Degree

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.

  • 01

    Estheticians

    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

  • 02

    HVAC Technicians

    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.

  • 03

    Legal Asistants

    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.

  • 04

    Fitness Instructors

    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.

  • 05

    Dental Hygienists

    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.


Final Thoughts

Federal grants and other student financial aid programs are available for those wishing to pursue any of these five job markets.

Comments

  • snowfence 4/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great article for my new friends blog, thanks! H5

  • jseven 4/3/2011 Flag This Comment

    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!

  • Wasatch 3/29/2011 Flag This Comment

    Not fast growing, but I have always done well with real estate. Good list.

  • UponRequest 3/27/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks @litetender. You're correct - some require a 2-year associate's degree. I've updated the title and intro. :)

  • litetender 3/25/2011 Flag This Comment

    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 ...

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