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Top 25 Jobs That Don’t Require College Degrees Include Lumber Manufacturing

At least four of the top 25 jobs that don’t require college degrees are in the lumber industry, according to a new report by SkillPointe. Coming in at number 6 is carpenter, for those with woodworking proclivities, while industrial machinery mechanic, heavy equipment operator and machinist helped round out the list. The report is based on a proprietary analysis of current salaries, available job openings, future growth and interest among job seekers.

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Other jobs on the list include software developer, systems analyst, electrician, truck driver, IT support specialist, auto mechanic, information security analyst and welder. These high-growth jobs represent 2.3 million job openings in 2021, and construction has the most jobs on the list of any industry, with even more expected growth in 2022 and beyond. Surprisingly, high-growth energy jobs didn’t feature due to a lower number of job openings compared to larger industries.

This list of high-growth jobs can help those looking to change careers make smart decisions based on real-world data. It’s easy to assume that you need to go back to school for a four-year degree or higher to secure a well-paying, stable job in a new industry, but local training for skilled trade and non-degree professions is available at community colleges and trade schools, and many are entry level as well.

“While retail and hospitality have faced significant challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic, other industries still offer amazing opportunities with lots of growth, strong salaries, and future job security, all without a college degree,” said Todd Wilson, SkillPointe Founder. “These jobs do require some training, but fast-track options are available at local community colleges and trade schools for a fraction of the cost of a four-year program. Employer apprenticeships are also a great option.”

Check out the full list here.

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