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12. Automobile Mechanic

Median Salary: $36,200

First, being an auto mechanic doesn’t require a college degree. Second, with cars increasingly becoming technologically advanced, demand for those who understand how it all works – and know how to fix it when it breaks -- is high.

And, this profession has the baby boomer generation to thank for an added boost in demand. Not because boomers have more cars – though, they do – but because it was a popular career choice in the 1960s and now many of those boomer mechanics are retiring. You have a huge segment of the profession retiring and boom! You have a jolt in demand for those entering the profession.

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