Don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's degree? Don't fret. There are plenty of high-paying jobs that only require a two-year associate's degree or just a high school diploma. 

According to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 27 highest-paying jobs that you don't need a four-year degree to pursue. Each has a median annual salary of at least $60,000.

This is an update of a story originally written by Vivian Giang.

27. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Median annual wage (2012): $60,250

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 152,000

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



26. Gas plant operators

Description: Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Median annual wage (2012): $61,140

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,700

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



25. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians

Description: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft.

Median annual wage (2012): $61,530

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,100

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



24. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Description: Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. 

Median annual wage (2012): $61,850

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 15,500

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



23. Web developers

Description: Design, create, and modify websites.

Median annual wage (2012): $62,500

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,700

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



22. Subway and streetcar operators

Description: Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. 

Median annual wage (2012): $62,730

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,300

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



21. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post office.

Median annual wage (2012): $63,050

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 5,000

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



20. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. 

Median annual wage (2012): $63,250

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 49,900

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



19. Transportation inspectors

Description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. 

Median annual wage (2012): $63,680

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,700

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



18. Gaming managers

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino. 

Median annual wage (2012): $65,220

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,400

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



17. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

Description: Monitor patient safety and comfort and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,360

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



16. Registered nurses

Description: Provide and coordinate patient care; educate patients and the public about various health conditions.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,470

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,052,600

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



15. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Description: Use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Median annual wage (2012): $65,860

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



14. Power plant operators

Description: Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Median annual wage (2012): $66,130

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 12,900

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



13. Funeral service directors

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. 

Median annual wage (2012): $66,720

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,200

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



12. Nuclear technicians

Description: Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production.

Median annual wage (2012): $69,069

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,100

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



11. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. 

Median annual wage (2012): $69,300

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 150,200

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



10. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,060

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,300

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



9. Nuclear medicine technologists

Description: Use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,180

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 7,200 

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



8. Dental hygienists

Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases like gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.

Median annual wage (2012): $70,210

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 113,500 

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



7. Power distributors and dispatchers

Description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Median annual wage (2012): $71,690

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,600

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



6. Commercial pilots

Description: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. 

Median annual wage (2012): $73,280

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,400

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Median annual wage (2012): $74,300

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 27,700

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



4. Nuclear power reactor operators

Description: Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. 

Median annual wage (2012): $74,990

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,300

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



3. Elevator installers and repairers

Description: Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Median annual wage (2012): $76,650

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,000

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



2. Radiation therapists

Description: Check equipment, observe patients reactions to treatment, and document the session.

Median annual wage (2012): $77,560

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,400 

On-the-job training: None

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



1. Air traffic controllers

Description: Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor's degree.

Median annual wage (2012): $122,530

Education required: Associate's degree

Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,400 

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics



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