INDIANAPOLIS—In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama called for every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or training. “This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma."
This call to action further reinforces that workers at all levels will play a key role in rebuilding the economy. People without a four-year degree, in particular, will be needed to fill many of the nation’s most in-demand jobs, says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading occupational experts and co-author of the recently released book 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree.
“Many construction jobs that will open during the recovery period and beyond will be filled by people who learn through apprenticeships. A two-year degree, certification, or on-the-job training will be good preparation for most of the technology and health-care jobs that our economy will create in abundance,” says Shatkin.
In his book, he reveals the most rewarding jobs that can be achieved without a bachelor’s degree. Many of these occupations may appeal to young and displaced workers, as well as individuals who do not have the time or resources to commit to attending a four-year institution. Based on information from the Department of Labor, Shatkin compiled a list of the best jobs expected to experience high growth through 2016. Here are 10 of those occupations:
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Percent Growth: 41.0 percent
Percent Growth: 35.4 percent
Social and Human Service Assistants
Percent Growth: 33.6 percent
Physical Therapist Assistants
Percent Growth: 32.4 percent
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Percent Growth: 28.0 percent
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Percent Growth: 26.3 percent
Environmental Engineering Technicians
Percent Growth: 24.8 percent
Percent Growth: 24.5 percent
Bill and Account Collectors
Percent Growth: 22.9 percent
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Percent Growth: 22.9 percent
300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, Third Edition, is now available at all major bookstores and from the publisher (www.jist.com or 1.800.648.JIST). The author, Laurence Shatkin, has also written several best-selling titles, including 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs, 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality, and 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality. He currently resides in Titusville, New Jersey, and is immediately available for print, online and radio interviews, as well as television interviews in the New York area. To schedule an interview with Shatkin or request a copy of his book, contact Selena Dehne.
JIST, America’s Career Publisher, is the leading publisher of job search, career and occupational information and empowers people of all ages to achieve long-lasting rewards in their careers.