High school graduates face an unemployment rate nearly twice that of those with a college degree in their hands — 6.1 versus 3.1 — while earning about half as much. But that doesn’t mean that those with high school diplomas are chopped liver. Currently, there are 115 jobs for high school graduates in the U.S. where these individuals can make on average $20 an hour or more, according to new analysis by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). TWEET THIS[contextly_auto_sidebar id="CBJ2yLY6EJag5jagUwmzNF5EgsmUZtCW"]
About 3 in 10 of these 115 jobs on average either require high school graduates to undertake short-term on-the-job training or no training. The other 7 in 10, however, require them to either take up apprenticeships or moderate to long-term training.
Here are the highest-paying jobs for high school graduates that don’t require on-the-job training:
- $39.27: Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
- $34.27: First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
- $31.99: Gaming Managers
- $29.48: Real Estate Brokers
- $29.20: First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
And there are other top-paying jobs for this demographic that do require some moderate-to-long-term training or an apprenticeship:
- $39.16: First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
- $36.51: Elevator Installers and Repairers
- $36.33: Detectives and Criminal Investigators
- $36.18: Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
- $36.18: Commercial Pilots
What Does That Mean?
Through the economic recovery in the U.S., many employers began giving even more weight to a college degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — versus high school diplomas. Job opportunities for high school graduates seemed ever more scant thanks to the fact that 3 in 10 employers started hiring more college-educated workers for jobs that were traditionally held by high school graduates.
However, not all professions require a college degree as a bare minimum, and if you have open positions or are seeking to employ individuals into those positions, so keep that in mind as you finesse your talent acquisition strategy. As Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, says:
While the pursuit of higher education is the best bet for gainful employment, it is a myth that only good jobs go to college graduates and that workers with high school degrees are destined to low-wage careers. It’s important to note, however, that most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience, and are often in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years.
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