Money expert Clark Howard has long said that continuing education is the key to finding a good job in a changing employment landscape — one that currently features the rise of artificial intelligence and the automation of many positions.
But let’s face it — traditional four-year college is not for everybody.
Overeducated and unemployed? Not in these jobs!
Too much education can certainly break the bank. College costs were up more than 3% last year, which is well above the 2.1% rate of inflation in 2017.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much been a wash, rinse and repeat scenario as college costs routinely skyrocket year after year well above the pace of other consumer expenditures — except for health care.
It’s gotten to the point that it now typically costs $47,000 a year for a private college or $20,090 annually for a public institution!
Meanwhile, MoneyTalkNews.com reports that a year of community college will run you less than $4,000! And the great news is community colleges offer associate’s degrees in a wide range of fields that can land you a high-paying job.
If you’re not keen on borrowing yourself in student loan debt oblivion, consider these careers below. They all require a two-year degree or equivalent experience such as an apprenticeship or trade school.
Salaries and growth projections are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Career||Median income (2016)||Projected job growth through 2026|
|Air traffic controller||$122,410||3%|
|Nuclear medicine technologists||$74,350||10%|
|Diagnostic medical sonographers||$69,650||23%|
|Computer network support specialist||$62,670||8%|
|Occupational therapy assistants||$59,010||29%|
|Physical therapist assistants||$56,610||31%|
|Geological and petroleum technicians||$56,470||16%|
|Fire inspectors and investigators||$56,130||10%|
|Cardiovascular technologists and technicians||$55,570||10%|
|Funeral service workers||$54,830||5%|
|Paralegals and legal assistants||$49,500||15%|
So if you’re in a dead-end job, know that it is possible to switch things up without going back to school for another traditional degree.
Four years of traditional college is no longer a necessity if you want to bring home a hefty paycheck!