(WXYZ) - A college degree is getting more expensive every year.
And that degree no longer promises a high paying job, meaning that students can now spend decades paying off their student loans.
That's why you may be interested in some good paying jobs that don't require a college degree.
Technical School Enrollment Up
We've all heard the horror stories of huge college debts, and few jobs upon graduation.
So Cindy Wentland and Erica Coleman instead decided to study practical nursing at a local two-year technical college, which are seeing big surges in enrollment. There's a good reason.
"Compared to some of the other colleges, its a huge huge difference," Coleman said. "Thousands of dollars, it makes a huge difference."
Community colleges and trade schools may not have the prestige of a university. But for a fraction of the cost, they are turning out graduates who are finding good jobs.
Demand for Their Students
Harry Snyder is workforce development director at a vocational school. He says they should, because there's lots of demand for these students.
"There are great jobs that don't require a four-year degree," he said. "Last week we had some welders start work, and they were making $23 an hour right out of school."
That comes to over $48,000 a year, right after a year of trade school.
Harry also suggests the field of diesel engine repair, where companies are paying top dollar.
"You earn about $18 to $20 an hour starting off," Snyder said. "About $40,000 a year. If you get into overtime, you can make $60,000 a year."
He says a good diesel mechanic can new earn $60,000 a year, with no college degree. You need just a year of school, for less than nine grand.
If diesel is too messy for you, he suggests studying the HVAC trades, which most of us call air conditioning.
"Heating/ventilation/air conditioning are great jobs right now. And they are looking for technicians as we speak."
Average starting salary: $35,000. And he says a good installer can work up to $50K in a few years.
Good Jobs, No Degree
The full list of $50,000 jobs that don't need a 4 year degree, compiled from CNN/Money and Career Builder.com:
-Air traffic control
-Dental hygiene (requires 2 year Associate's Degree in most cases)
-Practical Nursing (An L.P.N., Not an R.N., which usually requires a 4 year degree)
-Radiation therapy (requires 2 year Associate's Degree in most cases)
-Urban fire fighting
-E.M.T. work (Emergency Medical Technician)
-Interstate truck driving
--Auto body repair
Victor Sokol and Ashley Pence are studying to be E.M.T's, who are thrilled to be able to help others, without taking on huge college debt.
Pence explained "it's a quick path. It works very well financially, and it's a lot cheaper than going to a four-year college."
Remember: Training Required
Sure, most good paying jobs require either a two-year degree or 1 -2 years of vocational training. You can't just graduate high school and land a job as a diesel mechanic or air traffic controller.
But if you are willing to take the training, you could have a lucrative future ahead of you.
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