CareerBuilder and EMSI Release Best-Paying Jobs For Two-Year and Four-Year Degrees

  CareerBuilder and EMSI Release Best-Paying Jobs For Two-Year and Four-Year

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you need a four-year degree to earn
a big paycheck? CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists released a
list of the most lucrative professions that don't require a bachelor's and
top-paying jobs that do. The study uses EMSI's extensive labor market
database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and
includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

"Nearly one in five employers (18 percent) reported that their educational
requirements for jobs in their organizations have increased over the last five
years," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "A
college education is one of the best investments you can make. Not only does
it increase the amount of opportunities available to you, it also
significantly boosts your earning potential." 

Best-Paying Jobs Requiring an Associate's Degree

While job requirements and pay will vary by organization, top-paying jobs
based on median salary in the U.S. include:

1.Air Traffic Controller – $113,547 – manages air traffic to ensure safe
2.Radiation Therapist – $76,627 – treats cancer and other diseases with
3.Dental Hygienist - $70,408 – examines patients, cleans teeth and provides
    other dental care
4.Nuclear Medicine Technologist - $69,638 – prepares and administers
    radioactive drugs and uses this when scanning patients for abnormalities
5.Nuclear Technician - $68,037 – assists in nuclear research and production
6.Nurse - $65,853 – provides patient care and educates patients about
    various health conditions
7.Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - $65,499 – diagnoses medical conditions
    using special imaging equipment such as an ultrasound, sonogram, etc.
8.Fashion Designer - $63,170 – creates clothing, shoes and accessories
9.Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician - $61,547 – operates
    equipment used in developing and testing new aircraft and spacecraft
10.Engineering Technician (except drafters) - $58,698 – help engineers and
    scientists in research and development, specializing in different areas

Best-Paying Jobs Requiring a Bachelor's Degree

1.Petroleum Engineer - $122,242 – design methods for extracting oil and gas
    from the earth's surface
2.Airline Pilot, Copilot and Flight Engineer - $105,518 – flies and
    navigates aircraft
3.Aerospace Engineer - $102,409 – designs aircraft, spacecraft, satellites
    and missiles
4.Nuclear Engineer - $99,715 – researches and develops ways to get benefits
    from nuclear energy and radiation
5.Computer Hardware Engineer - $98,134 – designs, develops and tests
    computer equipment
6.Software Developer, Systems Software - $96,034 – develops computer
    applications and underlying systems
7.Chemical Engineer - $92,934 – applies chemistry, biology and physics to
    solve problems, typically involving the production of food, fuel, drugs,
    chemicals, etc
8.Electronics Engineer (excluding computer) - $91,478 – designs and develops
    electronic components for use in fields such as telecommunications,
    aerospace, acoustics, etc
9.Actuary - $91,062 – analyzes the financial cost of risk and uncertainty
10.Atmospheric and Space Scientist - $89,794 – investigates the atmosphere
    and meteorological data to prepare reports and forecasts; includes weather
    analysts and forecasters.

^1 Occupation definitions are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics.

About EMSI

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a CareerBuilder company that
provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools
and custom reports. EMSI has produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact
analyses for colleges and universities in the US and internationally, and its
web tools — Analyst and Career Coach — are used by thousands of professionals
in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private

About CareerBuilder®

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping
companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site,®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24
million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes. CareerBuilder
works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from
employment branding and talent and compensation intelligence to recruitment
solutions. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband
portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search
technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI),
Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its
subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and
Asia. For more information, visit

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