Who Needs a College Degree?

Courtesy:  The Atlantic

As far as IT is concerned, college degree is optional. Read on…

College is one of the safest long-term investments in the country. Still, as the price of a bachelors degree continues to rise, graduation rates have stagnated. That’s not good news. But it’s not the end of the world for millions of young Americans, either. There are hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs that don’t require a degree. 24/7 Wall St. has identified the ten highest-paying jobs where a high school education can still put you on the path to a six-figure salary.

2 :: Software Developer

Median annual income: $87,970
High-end annual income: $133,110
No. of jobs in U.S.: 499,280
No. of jobs by 2018: 514,800
Increase by 2018: +17%
Highest concentration of jobs: Washington, Colorado, Virginia
These days, most major employers are looking for software developers with at least a bachelor’s degree and an array of computer skills. However, some companies with a large number of developers will also hire people with a certificate and a great deal of experience or knowledge that can be gained through night classes or an online course.

6 :: Web Developer

Median annual income: $75,650
High-end annual income: $119,940
No. of jobs in U.S.: 961,000
No. of jobs by 2018: 1,247,800
Increase by 2018: +30%
Highest concentration of jobs: Virginia, District of Colombia, Maryland
While most web developers are now required to have a bachelor’s or associate degree, certification can be enough to get a job at a major company. Start-ups have been known to hire support specialists, and with substantial experience, developers can be hired right out of high school.
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