10 best jobs that pay $20/hour and don’t require a college degree


Are you looking to make a career change but can’t get back to school? There are plenty of high-paying jobs available in 2018 that don’t require a four-year college degree, according to CareerBuilder.

RELATED: Career expert reveals 9 secrets to resume success in 2018

Job alert: How to make $20/hour or more without a college degree 

The job search website has just released a new list of 10 hot jobs that meet the following criteria:

  • Pay around $20 or more per hour
  • Have grown over the last five years
  • Are projected to grow over the next five years
  • Don’t require a college degree

“The path to success is different for everyone,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “You can build a lucrative career through apprenticeships, post-secondary certificates or on-the-job training. There is significant demand for workers in everything from skilled trades to technology and health-related fields, and you can get your foot in the door without a formal degree.”

This list provides the typical entry-level education requirement, which can vary depending on the employer. Some of the jobs may require a high school diploma and additional training, including some college.


Average Hourly Earnings

Total Number of Jobs in 2018

Projected Job Growth (2018-2022)

Required Education

Electricians $26.33 705,858

37,592, 5%

High School Diploma & Apprenticeship

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters $25.76 498,239

26,799, 5%

High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Computer User Support Specialists $25.50 713,398

48,402, 7%

Some College
Industrial Machinery Mechanics $24.87 361,122 29,206, 8%

High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

Surgical Technologists $22.68 112,614 7,490, 7% Postsecondary Non-degree Award
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $22.39 354,366 21,283, 6% Postsecondary Non-degree Award & On-the-Job Training
Chefs and Head Cooks $21.54 159,547 9,941, 6% High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $20.23 333,923 20,550, 6% High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians $19.96 216,651 14,743, 7% Postsecondary Non-degree Award
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers $19.91 404,029 32,034, 8% High School Diploma

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To land one of these jobs, you need to have a resume that hiring managers will notice! If you haven’t updated your resume in the past year, dust it off and update it so that you’re ready when the perfect job opportunity comes along.

Does your resume look anything like the one on the left? Follow Team Clark’s step-by-step guide to resume success in 2018!

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