Some of 2017’s best jobs don’t require a college degree


Looking for a new career in 2017? Nurses, financial analysts, product managers, account executives and electricians will be in demand! 

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New report: Best jobs of 2017 

A new study from CareerBuilder and Emsi lists the best jobs for 2017 that pay an average of around $20 or more per hour, grew faster than the overall labor market from 2012 to 2016, and have plenty of jobs that are just waiting to be filled.

“Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding headcount in areas such as analytics and data science, product development and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B and B2C markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Skilled laborers will also see high employment demand in the year ahead as will workers in clinical roles.”

Here are the five career categories that the study highlighted, including examples of some of those in demand job titles that you may want to pursue: 

Business and financial operations

2012-2016 increase in jobs: 8%

Average hourly earnings: $35.09*

Jobs in demand:

  • Operations Manager
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Office Manager

Information technology

2012-2016 increase in jobs: 12%

Average hourly earnings: $40.82*


Jobs in demand:

  • Data Scientist
  • User Interface / Front End Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Mobile Software Engineer
  • Information Security Manager

Health care

2012-2016 increase in jobs: 8%

Average hourly earnings: $37.77*

Jobs in demand:

  • Family Practitioner
  • Medical Director
  • ICU Nurse
  • Cardiologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Nurse


2012-2016 increase in jobs: 6%

Average hourly earnings: $19.06*

Jobs in demand:

  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Client Services Coordinator

Skill trades

2012-2016 increase in jobs: 8%

Average hourly earnings: $21.38*

Jobs in demand:

  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • HVAC Technician

*Average earnings are for the category overall, not specific job titles.

College degree not always required!

What we love about this list is that there appear to be opportunities for everyone, from health care positions for people with advanced degrees to jobs for skilled laborers that may require only trade school.

Here’s our list of 10 high-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree.

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