Good Jobs That Pay without a BA

Good Jobs That Pay without a BA

October 9, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


Although the decline in the manufacturing
economy has eliminated many good high school jobs, there are still 30 million good jobs
for those without a Bachelor’s degree. These 30 million good jobs account for nearly
half of the 75 million workers without a BA. What’s more, these good jobs pay well with
median salaries of $55,000. So, where are these good jobs? The growth of good jobs for workers in skilled service industries such as financial services
and health services, has more than offset the losses in manufacturing. Even with all of these structural changes,
manufacturing and transportation are still the two largest industries that provide good
jobs to workers without a BA, although their numbers have fallen. High school graduates still have the largest
share of good jobs that pay without a BA at 11.6 million, even though that share has declined. Nowadays, good jobs are requiring more and
more postsecondary education and training. The share of high school good jobs has declined
by 9 percent, while some college has increased by 11 percent and Associate’s degrees have
increased by 83 percent. In fact growth for good jobs requiring Associate’s
degrees and some college education gained 4 million net new good jobs which has more
than offset the over 1 million loss suffered by high school graduates. So, who has these good jobs? When it comes to race and ethnicity, whites
have the largest share of good jobs, but their share has declined. Hispanics have a smaller share, but have seen
the most growth. African Americans have the smallest share
and have seen slight growth. Men have dominated the share of good jobs
that pay without a BA, consistently grabbing 70 percent, while women lag behind with only
30 percent. The American jobs machine has changed. The good news is that there are still good
jobs out there for workers who don’t have a four-year degree, they just require more
education and training beyond high school. The challenge going forward is to match education
and training offerings with the demands of these new good jobs. To connect Americans with these good jobs
the first step is to connect colleges, especially community colleges with employers. Learn more at goodjobsdata.org.