13 of the Most In-Demand Jobs for 2016 Don’t Require a College Degree

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Is one of your goals to earn more money this year? Or maybe you’re about to finish high school and are wondering which career to pursue?

As our economy has started to pick up its pace, so have several industries — many of which have more job openings than applicants. And according to the law of supply and demand, these are good careers to get into.

If you want to know which careers are going to be hottest in 2016, check out this list of in-demand jobs from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

“[It’s] comprised of occupations where the number of job ads companies post each month outpace the number of people they actually hire,” they explain.

“The list includes other data points, such as job growth and salary, which together indicate that these well-paying occupations have seen healthy growth and may be in demand in the coming year.”

Want to see our picks from the list? Keep reading…

3 Hot Jobs for 2016 — No Degree Required

In their research, CareerBuilder and EMSI found more than 30 hot jobs — 13 of which don’t require a college degree.  

Here are three that impressed us:

Computer User Support Specialists

Only half of this career’s 63,533 open positions are filled each month, which means big opportunities for you.

Plus, you could earn more than $22 per hour, and in certain cases, have the ability to work from home.

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Wow! More than one million truck-driving jobs are posted each month, but only 100,000 of them are filled.

Though you might have to be on the road for long stretches of time, you could earn $19 per hour. And if you love driving, this could be a lucrative job for you.

Medical Secretaries

Now is the perfect time to start a career in the booming health care industry.

As a medical secretary, you could earn $15.50 to start, with lots of room for growth. An average of 23,893 jobs are posted each month.

For the full list of occupations and accompanying data, head over to CareerBuilder.

Your Turn: Do you like the sound of any of these jobs?

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.