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18 Great Jobs for Veterans That Require No Degree

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If you’re just coming out of the service, you might not have the time to go back to school. Here are 18 jobs that pay well and can certainly be attainable without the need to earn a four-year degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports, that millions of job openings will be available for high school graduates until 2014.

A person with a bachelor’s degree will typically earn 20,000 more annually than workers with a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate according to the Census Bureau. But high-paying jobs can be had with as little as on the job training, some college courses, or attending a technical school.

According to BLS, the jobs below are high-earning occupations that will see the most growth through 2014. The median annual earnings are based on the BLS, 2004 studies.

Truck drivers/tractor-trailer

$33,520

Registered nurses

$52,330

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

$34,970

Maintenance and repair workers

$30,710

Carpenters

$34,900

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

$32,450

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

$41,030

Representatives, wholesale/manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

$45,400

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

$33,970

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

$32,720

First-line supervisors/mangers of construction trades and extraction workers

$50,450

Electricians

$42,300

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

$41,290

First-lone supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers

$50,340

First-line supervisors/mangers of production and operating workers

$44,740

Fire Fighters

$38,300

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

$35,360

Painters, construction and maintenance

$30,260

By: Katie Dexter OIF Veteran

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