These 5 Fast-Growing Jobs Pay More Than $50K (No Bachelor’s Required!)

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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 of the best jobs without a degree requirement. Each pays at least $50,000 per year, according to the most recent data available from the BLS.

Here you go!

1. Wind Turbine Technician (Median Salary: $53,030)

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 ($52,850)

As our elderly population grows, so does our nation’s need for hearing aids — which is 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 ($54,640)

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 ($70,880)

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.

Depending your state, you may also be required to complete a clinical rotation and pass board exams.

5. Physical Therapy Assistant ($55,250)

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: What are the best jobs without a degree requirement that you’ve heard about? Let us know in the comments below!

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