How we ranked the above occupations
Not every job that pays higher than the median annual wage and is projected to see job growth over the decade requires a college education.
Because we were interested in jobs that pay at least the median annual wage, we excluded jobs that paid less than $41,950 a year, the median wage for all occupations in 2020 per data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Home health and personal care aides, which has a typical education requirement of a high school diploma or equivalent, are projected to grow the most between 2020 and 2030 with over 1.1 million new jobs. But this occupation pays $27,080, almost $15,000 less than the median wage in 2020. Therefore, it’s one job that was excluded in our analysis of high-paying, growing jobs.
After putting together this overall list of high-paying, growing jobs, we filtered our list so only occupations that typically need a high school diploma or equivalent at the minimum were left. We ranked those based on their geometric mean, where a higher geometric means a higher spot on the list.
It’s important to note that the pandemic has affected the latest projections, where some occupations are projected to have above-average cyclical recovery after losing thousands or millions of positions over the last year.
“Because 2020 serves as the base year for the 2020–30 projections, these
impacts translate to lower base-year values than seen in recent projections and, therefore, higher projected employment growth,” BLS wrote, where total employment is projected to grow by 11.9 million jobs.
In addition to median annual wages and projected change in employment, we included above on-the-job training for each occupation. This comes from six categories listed by BLS and can range from no on-the job-training to long-term on-the-job training, the latter taking over 12 months.