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10 high-paying tech jobs you can get without a college degree

No diploma? No problem in these hot fields.

10 high-paying tech jobs you can get without a college degree

It’s part of the highs and lows of looking at job ads: “Wow, look at that pay range—that’d be great! Oh, but they require a bachelor’s degree. Next.”

Look, college isn’t for everyone. The good news is that employers know this, and there are in-demand industries and jobs—especially in the red-hot tech sector—where the right combination of experience, aptitude and willingness to learn on the job can make that degree requirement fade away.

Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale, Monster came up with the following list of 10 high-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a four-year degree.

Web developer

What you’ll do: Developers are responsible for the visual style as well as the technical substance of sites. There are web developers with degrees, including associate degrees, but the experience-based nature of the role and the industry demand mean a degree is a nice-to-have, not a must.

What it pays: $64,970 per year

Who’s hiring: UnitedHealth Group, Amazon, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Find all web developer jobs on Monster.

Programmer

What you’ll do: Programmers can work on their own, essentially as a freelancer, or as part of an organization’s team, writing code for mobile apps, desktops or proprietary equipment. As with the web developer role, the emphasis on experience and the demand from employers means your lack of a four-year degree won’t be a deal-breaker.

What it pays: $79,530 per year

Who’s hiring: Amazon, Zillow, NVIDIA

Find all programmer jobs on Monster.

Systems analyst

What you’ll do: These workers design or rethink an organization’s information systems and procedures, with a major focus on overall efficiency and profitability. Computer systems analysts with a bachelor’s degree—including from outside of IT-specific fields—are often sought, but a degree isn’t a must for entry-level roles.

What it pays: $85,800 per year

Who’s hiring: CSC, UnitedHealth Group, AT&T

Find all systems analyst jobs on Monster.

Network engineer

What you’ll do: Network engineers develop, set up and maintain the networks that keep everybody’s devices—and therefore everybody themselves—communicating effectively. They typically deal with physical hardware rather than software. Many employers call for a bachelor’s degree for this role, but entry-level spots can be found without this requirement.

What it pays: $69,718 per year

Who’s hiring: AT&T, Level 3 Communications, Sirius Computer Solutions

Find all network engineer jobs on Monster.

Computer support specialist

What you’ll do: Can you be the calm, patient voice giving excellent fix-it advice that goes beyond, “Did you reboot yet?” Computer support specialists can work with co-workers or external customers, by phone or in person, depending on the role. The primary emphasis here is on soft skills and customer service, followed by technical knowledge and experience that can be earned without a degree.

What it pays: $51,470 per year

Who’s hiring: Apple, DISH, DocuSign

Find all computer support specialist jobs on Monster.

Digital marketer

What you’ll do: Use the power of the internet to promote products and services in a way that makes the best use of everyone’s time and effort, including yours. Digital marketing emphasizes soft skills and communication in dealing with clients but also hard skills like gathering and sorting through online analytics data. Much like traditional marketing positions, a college degree is a benefit, but not a pure necessity.

What it pays: $49,501 per year

Who’s hiring: UnitedHealth Group, Rodan & Fields, Uline

Find all digital marketer jobs on Monster.

Aerospace technician

What you’ll do: Aerospace technicians operate and maintain the equipment used in the production of aircraft and spacecraft. Although there’s a mechanical/physical aspect to this role, as with many fields these days, the work is increasingly computer-based. Vocational training or an associate degree is a common route here.

What it pays: $66,180 per year

Who’s hiring: Northrop Grumman, Pacific Aero Tech, GoJet Airlines

Find all aerospace technician jobs on Monster.

Cybersecurity analyst

What you’ll do: Cybersecurity is about as in-demand as a job can get these days, with every organization—public and private—looking to demonstrate its trustworthiness and security with data and secrets. This is yet another area where a degree is preferred, but where your experience can still get you on a recruiter’s radar.

What it pays: $90,120 per year

Who’s hiring: AT&T, Northrop Grumman, State Farm

Find all cybersecurity analyst jobs on Monster.

Graphic designer

What you’ll do: Some graphic designers still do their artwork by hand, but the field is increasingly computer-driven. In a corporate setting, this role can involve design and production of advertisements, corporate reports, brochures and magazines. Employers often seek candidates with a degree, but experience and a creative portfolio can win you the right audience.

What it pays: $46,900 per year

Who’s hiring: NVIDIA, UnitedHealth Group, Amazon

Find all graphic designer jobs on Monster.

Telecommunications technician

What you’ll do: Telecom technicians install, maintain and repair communication infrastructure, including old-school telephone lines and the modems and other equipment used by customers. There’s a big mechanical aspect to it, as well as plenty of tech. Some high-school education is usually required, but on-the-job training is often offered.

What it pays: $54,570 per year

Who’s hiring: DISH, CenturyLink, Cooper Communications

Find all telecommunications technician jobs on Monster.


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