The fastest-growing jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to LinkedIn—some pay over $100,000

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the job market, more companies are dropping their degree requirements, presenting promising job prospects for individuals who choose not to attend college. ZipRecruiter's recent research indicates that the number of jobs that mandate a degree beyond a high school diploma is on a steady decline. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030, around 60% of all new jobs will not necessitate an associate, bachelor's, or graduate degree. To identify industries with the most growth opportunities for candidates without bachelor's degrees, LinkedIn's data scientists analyzed millions of member profiles and job postings shared on the platform between 2021 and 2023. For this report, individuals who graduated from high school received an associate's degree, or completed an apprenticeship were considered "non- bachelor's graduates". Here are the fastest-growing jobs for non- bachelor's graduates, according to LinkedIn: 

1. Consulting

Top jobs: Client advisor, business consultant, solutions consultant

2. Marketing

Top jobs: Social media manager, marketing specialist, marketing coordinator

3. Research

Top jobs: Laboratory technician, business analyst, medical laboratory technician

4. Human resources

Top jobs: Human resources specialist, human resources assistant

5. Media and communications

Top jobs: Writer, production assistant, editor, production manager

Some of these jobs offer six-figure salaries: Skilled production managers can expect to make at least $106,000 per year, while the top-earning solutions consultants typically earn between $113,000 and $167,000, according to ZipRecruiter.

Hiring for consulting roles has seen significant hiring growth for candidates without a bachelor’s degree in recent years, up 34% between 2021 and 2022. 

“People will hear ‘consulting’ and immediately picture a job at a big consulting firm, but there are a lot of freelance and contract opportunities where you can use your skills or expertise in a certain area, like sales, for example, to advise a company or client on a specific project,” says Andrew Seaman, senior managing editor for jobs and career development at LinkedIn News. “You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to do that.”

Similarly, more companies are rethinking how they hire for HR roles, prioritizing soft skills like communication and leadership over a candidate’s educational background, Seaman adds. 

“There is so much valuable life experience a person can bring to an HR job, and more companies are offering training and certification programs to fill in any skills gaps,” he says.

“For example, at the start of the pandemic, we saw a lot of people on LinkedIn who suddenly couldn’t do their jobs anymore, like bartenders and people who worked in hospitality, pivot to roles in HR, because they already had the people skills you need to thrive in such jobs.”

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