Fast-Growing Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year Degree

Posted November 08, 2012 by

It may be harder to find a job because you don’t have a college education, but that doesn’t mean opportunities are not available.  The following post identifies some fast growing jobs to look out for in your search.

When exploring career options, it’s helpful to consider which jobs are growing quickly and which are not. In the recently released book 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, occupational expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., pinpoints several jobs forecasted to experience high-growth that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

To create the list of fast-growing jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, Shatkin sorted 300 jobs by their projected growth over the 10-year period from 2010 to 2020. According to Shatkin, jobs in health care and construction dominate the 20 fastest-growing jobs. He further notes, “You can find a wide range of rapidly growing jobs in a variety of fields and at different levels of training and education among the jobs in this list.”

Here are the top 10 jobs featured on Shatkin’s list of the 100 fastest-growing jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.

1.     Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

Annual earnings: $27,820

Percent growth: 59.9 percent

Annual openings: 2,540

2.     Helpers–Carpenters

Annual earnings: $26,400

Percent growth: 55.7 percent

Annual openings: 3,820

3.     Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Annual earnings: $30,140

Percent growth: 52.0 percent

Annual openings: 5,570

4.     Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

Annual earnings: $37,990

Percent growth: 48.7 percent

Annual openings: 1,320

5.     Physical Therapist Assistants

Annual earnings: $51,040

Percent growth: 45.7 percent

Annual openings: 4,120

6.     Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Annual earnings: $27,010

Percent growth: 45.4 percent

Annual openings: 4,170

7.     Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Annual earnings: $65,210

Percent growth: 43.6 percent

Annual openings: 3,170

8.     Occupational Therapy Assistants

Annual earnings: $52,040

Percent growth: 43.2 percent

Annual openings: 1,680

9.     Physical Therapist Aides

Annual earnings: $23,680

Percent growth: 43.2 percent

Annual openings: 2,760

10.  Glaziers

Annual earnings: $37,350

Percent growth: 42.2 percent

Annual openings: 3,340


Laurence Shatkin

Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D

Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., has 30 years’ experience in the career information field, presents and blogs on jobs, and is the author of many career books. As a leading occupational expert, Shatkin is in-demand by the media. He shares his knowledge and insights on national news programs and in major print and online publications.

Additional information can be found in 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, Fourth Edition. The book published in October of 2012 and is available at major bookstores, and

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