Greater levels of movement in the workforce—people leaving old jobs and taking new jobs, or churn—are a good indicator of how confidently an economy is acting. The 2015 economy is still working to recover, but more growth in high-paying jobs (especially non-desk occupations) is good news for the workforce and gives workers more options and opportunities. Many of the fast-growing non-desk jobs do not require a four-year degree or higher, and several offer workers a direct path to the middle class in a variety of industries.
In all, there are 170 non-desk occupations that pay $15 per hour or more on average, do not require a four-year degree for a typical entry-level position, and have seen six percent job growth from 2010-2014, according to a new CareerBuilder report based on data analysis by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., CareerBuilder’s labor market data arm that pulls from more than 90 government and private resources.
Here are the top-paying non-desk occupations in various categories, giving staffing and recruiting firms plenty of positions to point to when candidates reach out for growing, high-paying positions that will make a big impact on their career, either in temporary or permanent roles.
|Median Hourly Earnings||2010-2014 Job Growth|
|Health Care Occupations|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||$31.93||15%|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||$26.57||14%|
|Construction & Extraction Occupations|
|Elevator Installers and Repairers||$37.81||6%|
|Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas||$24.79||47%|
|Installation & Maintenance Occupations|
|Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers||$30.85||7%|
|Signal and Track Switch Repairers||$26.75||11%|
|Architecture & Engineering Occupations|
|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||$25.19||10%|
|Industrial Engineering Technicians||$25.01||6%|
|Green Energy Occupations|
|Wind Turbine Service Technicians||$23.79||21%|
|Solar Photovoltaic Installers||$19.04||22%|
|Miscellaneous Non-Desk Occupations|
|Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors||$15.88||8%|