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Good jobs that donít require a B.A. Ė skilled services
Eli Dile   on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

In the past, people who sought family-sustaining wages but lacked a bachelor’s degree would look no farther manufacturing. That’s changing, as this type of job is increasingly found in skilled services, according to Good Jobs that Pay Without a BA, a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

While the United States lost 2.5 million manufacturing jobs since 1991, it gained 4 million good jobs in skilled services. (A good job is defined as paying $35,000 for those under 45 and $45,000 for those over 45.) Healthcare has one of the healthiest shares of skilled-service jobs, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the sector to add 3.7 million jobs by 2026, more than any other segment of the labor market.

Although most good jobs both categories (traditional blue-collar occupations and skilled services) don’t require a B.A., an associate’s degree is becoming more important for jobs in skilled services. More than 3 million good jobs have gone to associate’s degree holders since 1991.

The report also shows that good jobs are not evenly distributed. States in the West and northern Plains gained the most skilled-service jobs; those jobs in the Northeast and Midwest grew at a much slower rate than the national average. The report includes a state-by-state breakdown of good jobs, so you can see where yours ranks.

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