Americans are better educated than ever before. The most recent census found that 33.4 percent of adults over the age of 24 have earned a bachelor's degree or more. While this is significantly higher than previous generations, it still leaves nearly 70 percent of the workforce without a college degree.
Going to college has been linked to greater wealth, improved health and even lower rates of divorce, but for the millions of Americans without an expensive four-year degree it is possible to find a rewarding and high-paying job — especially in healthcare.
Job site CareerCast analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the 10 best jobs for people who do not have a college degree. After considering variables such as annual median salary and hiring outlook, they found that the health-care industry is offering millions of high-paying and high-quality jobs.
As the baby-boom generation continues to age and requires increased medical attention, experts predict that the health-care industry will continue to grow. In 2015, the BLS projected that "healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth and to add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024."
Overall, the BLS expects the American health-care industry will generate 9.8 million jobs between 2014 and 2024. Four of the 15 fastest-growing occupations are in the health-care industry and do not require any kind of postsecondary degree.