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Don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's degree?

Don't fret. There are plenty of high-paying jobs that require only a two-year associate degree or just a high-school diploma.

According to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 30 highest-paying jobs that you don't need a four-year degree to pursue.

Each has a median annual salary of at least $62,000.

This is an update of a story originally written by Vivian Giang.

 

30. Subway and streetcar operators

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Description: Transport passengers.

Median annual wage (2015): $62,360

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 5,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

29. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

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Description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures.

Median annual wage (2015): $62,980

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 84,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

28. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

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Description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Median annual wage (2015): $63,010

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 113,500

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

27. Signal and track switch repairers

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Description: Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunication systems within a railroad system.

Median annual wage (2015): $63,840

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 1,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

26. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

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They run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.

Median annual wage (2015): $64,170

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 158,400

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: None

25. Web developers

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They design, create, and modify websites.

Median annual wage (2015): $64,970

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 58,600

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

 

24. Petroleum-pump-system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

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They operate or control petroleum refining or processing units.

Median annual wage (2015): $65,190

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 17,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

23. Gas-plant operators

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They distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Median annual wage (2015): $66,010

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 6,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

22. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians

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They operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft.

Median annual wage (2015): $66,180

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 3,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

21. Electrical-power-line installers and repairers

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They install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.

Median annual wage (2015): $66,450

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 60,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

20. Magnetic-resonance-imaging technologists

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They monitor patient safety and comfort and view images of areas being scanned to ensure quality of pictures.

Median annual wage (2015): $67,720

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 9,800

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

19. Gaming managers

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They plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino.

Median annual wage (2015): $68,380

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 800

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

 

18. Diagnostic medical sonographers

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They use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient's body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Median annual wage (2015): $68,970

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 27,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

17. Postmasters and mail superintendents

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They plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in an assigned post office.

Median annual wage (2015): $70,640

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 3,800

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

16. Transportation inspectors

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They inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.

Median annual wage (2015): $70,820

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 7,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

15. Funeral-service directors

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They plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes.

Median annual wage (2015): $70,890

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 7,400

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

 

14. Power-plant operators

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They control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Median annual wage (2015): $71,940

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 14,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

13. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

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They directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers.

Median annual wage (2015): $72,300

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 69,900

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

 

12. Dental hygienists

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They clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases like gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.

Median annual wage (2015): $72,330

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 70,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

11. Nuclear medicine technologists

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They use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.

Median annual wage (2015): $73,360

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 4,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

 

10. Commercial pilots

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They pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air-carrier routes or helicopters. Requires commercial-pilot certificate.

Median annual wage (2015): $76,150

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 15,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

9. Detectives and criminal investigators

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They conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Median annual wage (2015): $77,210

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 28,300

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

8. Radiation therapists

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They check equipment, observe patients' reactions to treatment, and document sessions.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,220

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 6,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

7. Nuclear technicians

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They assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,260

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 2,800

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

 

6. Power distributors and dispatchers

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They coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,840

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 3,900

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

 

 

5. Elevator installers and repairers

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They assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,870

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 5,900

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

4. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

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They directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of a police force.

Median annual wage (2015): $82,090

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 43,000

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

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They coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations.

Median annual wage (2015): $86,630

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 27,100

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: None

 

2. Nuclear-power-reactor operators

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They operate or control nuclear reactors, move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, record data in logs, and implement emergency procedures when needed.

Median annual wage (2015): $88,560

Education required: High-school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2024): 2,600

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

1. Air-traffic controllers

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They monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air-traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor's degree.

Median annual wage (2015): $122,950

Education required: Associate degree

Projected job openings (through 2024): 7,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

 

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