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A degree in today's job market is extremely useful.  But, the experience and skills you have from previous jobs, certifications and trade schools can be just as important when seeking high demand jobs within specific career fields.

The key is to locate jobs that have a high median annual wage and steady or high career growth rate.  They should also have matching requirements with your skills, experience and/or education.  While many of these jobs do not require a degree, some may require education, apprenticeship or job training certifications.  Some may prefer a degree but will substitute work experience for education.  

UPDATE! See the Special Section in Starting Over Magazine, DMK 2020 Career Challenge, with updated lists of careers and salaries at multiple education levels.

Popular Jobs - No Degree O.K. 

Brick Masons

Median Annual Wage (2017) $42,900


Median Annual Wage (2017) $45,170

Catering Managers

Median Annual Wage (2017) $44,556

Computer Service Technician

Median Annual Wage (2017) $48,900

Commercial Pilots 

Median Annual Wage (2017) $78,740

Computer Help-Desk Technician

Median Annual Wage (unavailable) $40,054

Detective and Criminal Investigators

Median Annual Wage (2017) $62,960


Median Annual Wage (2017) $54,110

Elevator Installers and Repairers

Median Annual Wage (2017) $79,480

Insurance Sales

Median Annual Wage (2017) $49,710

Mortgage Brokers

Median Annual Wage (2017) $56,730

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Median Annual Wage (2015) $93,370

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

Median Annual Wage (2017) $74,840

Real Estate Brokers

Median Annual Wage (2017) $56,730

Real Estate Sales

Median Annual Wage (2017) $45,990

Web Developers

Median Annual Wage (2017) $67,900

Transportation Inspectors

Median Annual Wage (2017) $72,140

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