10 Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree That Pay $20 or More an Hour

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If you don’t have a college degree that doesn’t mean you can’t get a job that pays well. There are some jobs out there that pay just as well, and in some cases, even better than jobs that require a college degree. Career Builder recently released a report listing jobs that have great salaries and growth potential.

Here are the top 10 jobs you can get without a college degree that pay $20 or more an hour.

10. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

  • Average hourly earnings: $19.91
  • Five-year job growth: 11%

Self-enrichment education teachers earn an average of $19.91 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 11%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be slightly lower at 8%. There are currently 404,029 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 436,063 jobs in the field of self-enrichment education. A high school education is all that is needed to get a start in this career.

9. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

  • Average Hourly Earnings: $19.96
  • Five-year job growth: 7%

Those in the medical records and health information industry earn an average of $19.96 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 7%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be unchanged at 7%. There are currently 216,651 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 231,394 jobs in the medical records and health information field. A postsecondary non-degree award is all that is needed to get a start in this career.

8. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

  • Average hourly earnings: $20.23
  • Five-year job growth: 14%

Those in the fitness training and aerobic instruction field earn an average of $20.23 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 14%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be much lower at 6%. There are currently 333,923 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 354,473 jobs in the fitness training and aerobic instruction field. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are all that is needed to get a start in this career.

7. Chefs and Head Cooks

  • Average hourly earnings: $21.54
  • Five-year job growth: 13%

Chefs and head cooks earn an average of $21.54 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 13%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be much lower at 6%. There are currently 159,547 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 169,488 jobs available for chefs and head cooks. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are all that is needed to get a start in this career.

6. Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

  • Average hourly earnings: $22.39
  • Five-year job growth: 17%

Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers earn an average of $22.39 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 17%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be much lower at 6%. There are currently 354,366 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 375,649 jobs available for workers in this field. A postsecondary non-degree award and on-the-job training are all that is needed to get a start in this career.

5. Surgical Technologists

  • Average hourly earnings: $22.68
  • Five-year job growth: 9%

Surgical technologists earn an average of $22.68 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 9%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be slightly lower at 7%. There are currently 112,614 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 120,104 jobs available for surgical technologists. A postsecondary non-degree award and on-the-job training are all that is needed to get a start in this career.

4. Industrial Machinery Mechanics

  • Average hourly earnings: $24.87
  • Five-year job growth: 9%

Industrial machinery mechanics earn an average of $24.87 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 9%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be slightly lower at 8%. There are currently 361,122 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 390,328 jobs available for industrial machinery mechanics. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are all that is needed to get a start in this career.

3. Computer User Support Specialists

  • Average hourly earnings: $25.50
  • Five-year job growth: 10%

Computer user support specialists earn an average of $25.50 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 10%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be slightly lower at 7%. There are currently 713,398 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 761,801 jobs available for computer user support specialists. Some college is all that is needed to get a start in this career.

2. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

  • Average hourly earnings: $25.76
  • Five-year job growth: 15%

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters earn an average of $25.76 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 15%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be significantly lower at 5%. There are currently 498,239 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 525,038 jobs available for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. A high school diploma and an apprenticeship is all that is needed to get a start in this career.

1. Electricians

  • Average hourly earnings: $26.33
  • Five-year job growth: 11%

Electricians earn an average of $26.33 per hour. This profession has seen five-year job growth of 11%. Job growth for the next five years is predicted to be significantly lower at 5%. There are currently 705,858 jobs in this field. By 2022, there will be an estimated 743,451 jobs available for electricians. A high school diploma and an apprenticeship is all that is needed to get a start in this career.

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