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Fast growth, good pay—without a bachelor’s degree

| December 2023

In 2022, about 7 out of 10 jobs were in occupations that typically require less than a bachelor’s degree for entry. The chart shows several of these occupations that are projected to have much faster employment growth than the 2.8-percent average for all occupations over the 2022–32 decade.

Wind turbine service technicians not only tops the chart, it also is projected to have the fastest employment growth of any occupation from 2022 to 2032. However, because this is a relatively small occupation, its new jobs are expected to total about 5,000 over the decade. (Hover over a bar in the chart to view data.) More than half of the occupations in the chart are related to healthcare, a field that is projected to experience strong demand throughout the decade.

The occupations shown pay well, too: Each had a median annual wage that was higher than the $46,310 median for all occupations in 2022. Diagnostic medical sonographers, with a median annual wage of $81,350 in 2022, was the highest paying occupation in the chart.

Learn more information about these and hundreds of other occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Emily Rolen is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS.

Suggested citation:

Emily Rolen, "Fast growth, good pay—without a bachelor’s degree," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2023.

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