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These 5 Fast-Growing Jobs Pay More Than $40K (No Bachelor’s Required!)

Updated April 25, 2016
by Susan Shain
Contributor

We’ve talked before about the best college majors and jobs you can get without a degree — but what about jobs that are fast-growing, well-paying AND don’t require a degree?

Now that would be nice.

Luckily, we stumbled upon this infographic from Rework that, based on 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), lists both the fastest-growing and -declining occupations in the United States.

We pulled out five fast-growing jobs that pay at least $40,000 per year and don’t require a four-year degree.

Here you go!

1. Wind Turbine Technician (Median Salary: $51,050)

Not afraid of heights or weather?

This physically demanding job, which typically requires a two-year training at a technical school, is predicted to grow by a whopping 108% over the next 10 years.

2. Hearing Aid Specialist ($49,600)

As our elderly population grows, so does our nation’s need for hearing aids — the reason why hearing aid specialists will be in such high demand.

Before entering the field, you’ll need to complete a two-year associate’s program, which you can often do remotely.

3. Commercial Diver ($50,470)

If you love spending time in the water, this is the job for you. You’ll fix and install equipment — all while wearing scuba gear.

Interested? You’ll need to first attend a dive training school, which lasts up to six months.

4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer ($68,970)

Don’t let the long name scare you: This job doesn’t require you to devote your entire life to school.

Instead, you’ll spend two years earning an associate’s degree and learning how to operate imaging equipment used in hospitals and clinics.

5. Physical Therapy Assistant ($55,170)

As a physical therapy assistant, you’ll work directly with patients, helping them recover from illnesses and injuries.

Though you can become a physical therapy aide with just a high-school diploma, you’ll need an associate’s degree to earn this salary.

Your Turn: Do any of these jobs look interesting?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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