The truth is that in this economy, sometimes the most reasonable solution is to go straight to work. Many skip college to join the workforce earlier. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), more than 60% of U.S. workers don’t have a bachelor’s degree. For those who have an associate’s degree, a postsecondary certificate, or a high school diploma, you can still land yourself a very high-paying job.
Here are the top 5 (according to the BLS).
1. Air Traffic Controllers
Average annual salary: $108,040
Degree required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings: 10,200
Work experience: None
Description: Air traffic controllers monitor and direct the movement of aircraft (planes). The average salary of air traffic controllers is the highest of any profession where workers typically don’t need a bachelor’s degree.
On-the-job training: Long-term or on-the-job training