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As students enter high school, the pressure to prepare for a career begins to become overwhelming. Parents, teachers, and school counselors begin asking students for their future plans. For some it means college. Others will enter the military. Still others will forego college or the military and will opt for trades.

College Degree:

1. Chief executives

They plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Median annual wage (2015): $175,110

Projected job openings (through 2024): 58,400

Work experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

2. Architectural and engineering managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Median annual wage (2015): $132,800

Projected job openings (through 2024): 59,500

Work experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

3. Computer and information systems managers

They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Median annual wage (2015): $131,600

Projected job openings (through 2024): 94,800

Work experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

4. Petroleum engineers

They design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way.

Median annual wage (2015): $129,990

Projected job openings (through 2024): 13,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: None

5. Marketing managers

They determine the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors and identify potential customers.

Median annual wage (2015): $128,750

Projected job openings (through 2024): 64,200

Work experience: 5 years or more

On-the-job training: None

Without a college degree

1. Elevator Installer

Total number of jobs: 21,869

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.7% (All jobs: 8.6%)

Median annual salary: $80,870 (All jobs: $43,233)

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Going up? Job prospects for elevator installers and repairers certainly are. Construction of new office buildings, stores and other nonresidential projects has gradually risen as the economy has improved and lifted demand for elevators and the people who work on them. The aging population may also add to the need for stair lifts and elevators in both homes and nonresidential buildings.

2. Commercial Pilot 

Total number of jobs: 43,715

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 14.8%

Median annual salary: $75,744

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Flying for an airline typically requires a bachelor’s degree to get started, but commercial pilots who fly for charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, crop dusting and other reasons can take off with just a high school diploma. There’s just one catch: You need the proper flight training, which is both extensive and expensive.

3. Electrical Power-Line Installer

Total number of jobs: 117,239

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 16.1%

Median annual salary: $66,213

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

New housing developments and office parks require new power grids, as well as more people to install and maintain them. But be warned: Working with electrical currents at great heights means this job is as risky as you’d expect it to be.

4. Office Support Supervisor 

Total number of jobs: 1.5 million

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 11.7%

Median annual salary: $52,602

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Secretaries and administrative assistants provide the kind of personal touches that are hard to replace with a machine. For this reason, many businesses should continue to need their support. Businesses will also need the support of qualified office supervisors to coordinate the activities of the millions of clerical and administrative workers in the workforce.

5. Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Total number of jobs: 334,394

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 19.2%

Median annual salary: $49,537

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Because a greater number of advanced machines are used in manufacturing, the people who keep them in good working order are in high demand. Industrial machinery mechanics, also known as maintenance machinists, detect, diagnose and correct any problems ailing factory machines such as robotic welding arms, assembly line conveyor belts and hydraulic lifts—hopefully before any high-cost damage has been done.

Jobs without college degree but requiring apprenticeships

 

 

1. Electrician

Electricians have fairly long apprenticeships – up to four years! – and require licensure to do their jobs. However, that training comes with a paycheck, however small, making it a better financial option for many than the equivalent amount of time in a degree program.

In this job, you’ll be reading blueprints, installing, maintaining and repairing wiring, controls and electrical components, and using testing devices to local electrical problems.

More About the Job: Electrician Career Information

Median Annual Salary: $50,740

Projected Growth Rate 2014-2024: 14 percent

Typical Education Required: High School Diploma and Apprenticeship

Gender Breakdown: 1 percent Female/99 percent Male

2. Plumber

If you want to work as a plumber, you’ll need both attention to detail and a certain amount of physical strength — as anyone who’s ever wrestled with a plumbing project as an amateur can attest.

Plumbing licensing requirements vary from state to state, but you can expect to need some sort of licensure, as well as apprenticeship experience.

More About the Job: Plumber Career Information | Plumber Skills List

Median Annual Salary: $50,048

Projected Growth Rate 2014-2024: 12 percent

Typical Education Required: High School Diploma and Apprenticeship

Gender Breakdown: 1 percent Female/99 percent Male

3. HVAC Technician

HVAC (Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning) technicians work on heating, cooling, and ventilation units, installing and maintaining equipment. This job typically requires two years of education past high school, often including on-the-job training in the form of an apprenticeship.

More About the Job: HVAC Technician Career Information

Median Annual Salary: $42,886

Projected Growth Rate 2014-2024: 14 percent

Typical Education Required: Postsecondary Non-degree Award

Gender Breakdown: 1 percent Female/99 percent Male

 

U.S. Army

 

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience
Private (E1) $19,198.80** $19,198.80 $19,198.80
Private (E2) $21,520.80 $21,520.80 $21,520.80
Private First Class(E3) $22,629.60 $25,509.60 $25,509.60
Specialist or Corporal (E4) $25,066.80 $29,185.20 $30,427.20
Sergeant (E5) $27,338.40 $32,029.20 $34,279.20
Staff Sergeant (E6) $29,840.40 $35,697.60 $37,166.40
Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience
Second Lieutenant (O1) $36,417.60 $45,824.40 $45,824.40
First Lieutenant (O2) $41,958.00 $56,894.40 $58,068.00
Captain (O3) $48,560.40 $64,778.40 $67,885.20
Major (O4) $55,231.20 $69,148.80 $73,108.80
sources:
http://www.businessinsider.com/highest-paying-jobs-that-only-require-a-bachelors-degree-2016-6/#-20
https://www.thebalance.com/best-trade-school-graduate-jobs-4125189
https://www.goarmy.com/benefits/money/basic-pay-active-duty-soldiers.html 
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