Get Certified: Careers That Don't Require College Degrees (cont.)

Beyond healthcare, there are a variety of other jobs that are forecast for above-average growth in the coming years. These include commercial (truck) drivers, carpenters, and plumbers.

Salary.com cited that the number of truck driver jobs (average salary $41,781) is expected to increase by more than 20% over the next several years. Salary.com is also predicting an upswing in demand for carpenters, projecting that by 2020 the average salary will be $55,072.

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that through 2024, the job outlook for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is also forecast to grow 12% – faster growth than the average.  In May 2016, the median annual wage for these roles was $51,450. Although most of these jobs can be learned through an apprenticeship, some who work in this field are required to attended technical schools. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed.

Demand is also expected to increase in the construction sector, specifically for roofers, electricians, and concrete masons. Data released by the US Labor Department indicates that demand for roofers is expected to grow through 2024 by 13%. Demand for electricians is anticipated to grow 14%, and 15% growth is expected for masonry workers.

Salaries are also projected for growth, but in 2017 average annual salaries for roofers was $34,132. Electricians at level III (this role generally requires a high school diploma or 5 years of experience in the field) pulled in $58,412 and $37,740 was the annual salary for concrete masons.

Among other well-paying positions that may be obtained with certificates are project managers, fitness training, court reporting, IT network associates, and medical transcriptionists.