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Top jobs without a four-year degree

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CareerCast has identified the top jobs for those without a college degree, giving the salary and hiring outlook until 2022 for the different jobs. Those positions provide alternatives for people who can't obtain a four-year degree due to personal or financial reasons. The publisher of CareerCast, Tony Lee, said many choose not to go to school because they have to support a family or they can't afford it, or because they don't want to take out loans.

The data are the result of a study conducted using criteria that includes income and stress levels among others. The study uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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—By Nana Sidibe, special to CNBC
Posted 12 May 2015

10. Carpenter

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Annual median salary: $39,940
Projected hiring outlook: 24 percent


9. Appliance repairer

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Annual median salary: $43,640
Projected hiring outlook: 21 percent

8. Paralegal assistant

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Annual median salary: $46,990
Projected hiring outlook: 17 percent


7. Computer service technician

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Annual median salary: $48,900
Projected hiring outlook: 17 percent


6. Electrician

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Annual median salary: $49,840
Projected hiring outlook: 20 percent

5. Respiratory therapist

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Annual median salary: $55,870
Projected hiring outlook: 19 percent


4. Multimedia artist

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Annual median salary: $61,370
Projected hiring outlook: 6 percent

3. Web developer

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Annual median salary: $62,500
Projected hiring outlook: 20 percent


2. Registered nurse

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Annual median salary: $65,470
Projected hiring outlook: 19 percent


1. Dental hygienist

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Annual median salary: $70,210
Projected hiring outlook: 33 percent