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In-Demand Jobs Based On Education & Experience

Last updated August 12, 2021

Looking for a good-paying job but aren’t sure where to start? Don't worry, we’ve compiled a shortlist of in-demand jobs. This list includes jobs that are projected to grow faster than average between now and 2028 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics! While this list is not exhaustive, it may be helpful when job searching or deciding if you want to level up your skills and experience by pursuing a college degree. Be sure to click the links to see “day on the job” videos and view additional information such as skills needed to perform the job.

Careers That Require A High School Diploma or GED

Home Health Aides

Home health aides and personal care aides help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment by assisting in their daily living activities.

2018 median pay: $24,200/year 

Social and Human Service Assistants

Social and human service assistants provide client services in a variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work.

2019 median pay: $35,600 per year

First-line Supervisors

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food, or selling products and services.

2019 median pay: $33,400 per year

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers assemble, set up, and maintain rooftop or other systems that convert sunlight into energy.

2019 median pay: $44,890 per year

Careers That Require Post-High School Training, But Not A College Degree

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for media programs.

2019 median pay: $45,510 per year

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data.

2018 median pay: $40,350 per year

Wind Turbine Technicians

Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines.

2019 median pay: $52,910 per year

Video:  Wind Turbine Service Technicians Careers (WindTechs)

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities.

2019 median pay: $34,800 per year

Careers That Require An Associate’s Degree

Web Developers

Web developers design and create websites.

2019 median pay: $73,760 per year 

Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.

2019 median pay: $61,330 per year

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers.

2019 median pay: $51,740 per year 

Video: Paralegals and Legal Assistants Careers

Occupational Therapy Assistant Or Aide

Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

2019 median pay: $59,200 per year

Careers That Require A Bachelor’s Degree

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

2019 median pay: $99,730 per year 

Video: Information Security Analysts

Operations Research Analysts

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve complex issues.

2019 median pay: $84,810 per year

Software Developers

Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

2018 median pay: $105,590 per year


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