Top 7 High-Demand Careers That Don’t Require a Degree
- Power Line Worker ($43,420 – $58,920): Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy-duty transmission towers.
- Welder ($35,000 – $42,360): Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
- Information Security Analyst ($79,400 – $101,140): Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
- Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) ($27,560 – $32,100): Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers ($30,280 – $37,220): Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a hauling capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) to deliver goods. May be required to unload trucks. Requires commercial driver’s license.
- Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers ($37,500 – $46,240): install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residential or commercial establishments.
- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians ($29,060 – $35,660): Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.
Virginia’s Community Colleges offer training for these careers. Some of this training may even be eligible for the Workforce Credential training program where you pay only one-third of the full cost for program (depending on the demand for the career in your area). Visit the Virginia Community College System web site to learn more about this special opportunity and view the list of courses eligible for credential grants here.
*2016-2017 Hourly earnings, excluding benefits, found on Emsi and reflect 25th percentile (entry-level) & median salary range in Virginia. Job descriptions are found on O*Net Online.
Emsi occupation employment data are based on final Emsi industry data and final Emsi staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level Emsi earnings by industry.