A four-year degree isn't the only path to professional happiness and success. Just ask career guru Lawrence Shatkin, Ph.D. He distilled all 300 occupations in his book 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree into these top 10 in terms of projected growth. Good job, good prospects, good future.

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  • 1. Helpers: Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
    Annual earnings: $27,820
    Percent growth: 59.9%
    Annual openings: 2,540
  • 2. Helpers: Carpenters
    Annual earnings: $26,400
    Percent growth: 55.7%
    Annual openings: 3,820
  • 3. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
    Annual earnings: $30,140
    Percent growth: 52.0%
    Annual openings: 5,570
  • 4. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
    Annual earnings: $37,990
    Percent growth: 48.7%
    Annual openings: 1,320
  • 5. Physical Therapist Assistants
    Annual earnings: $51,040
    Percent growth: 45.7%
    Annual openings: 4,120
  • 6. Helpers: Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
    Annual earnings: $27,010
    Percent growth: 45.4%
    Annual openings: 4,170
  • 7. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    Annual earnings: $65,210
    Percent growth: 43.6%
    Annual openings: 3,170
  • 8. Occupational Therapy Assistants
    Annual earnings: $52,040
    Percent growth: 43.2%
    Annual openings: 1,680
  • 9. Physical Therapist Aides
    Annual earnings: $23,680
    Percent growth: 43.2%
    Annual openings: 2,760
  • 10. Glaziers
    Annual earnings: $37,350
    Percent growth: 42.2%
    Annual openings: 3,340
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Source: 300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, occupational expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D. Used with permission.

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