7 High-Growth Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Skilled Labor Jobs Provide a Financially Feasible Alternative to College

Don't Be Afraid of "Dirty Jobs"

Mike Rowe is not only the host of the popular TV show "Dirty Jobs," he's also an outspoken advocate for skilled labor in the United States via his website www.mikeroweworks.com.

Rowe, who spoke with Salary.com last year on this topic, isn't minimizing the importance of education or trying to dissuade people from attending college. In most cases, you will make more money with a degree than without one. But somewhere along the line, the unfortunate fact of the matter is skilled labor and learning a trade went from the "American Way" to being considered a dead-end of sorts. Now Rowe is taking it upon himself to cast skilled labor in a better light and stress that it can be a positive alternative to college with many financially viable careers to consider. 

In that light, we combined some of our salary data with job growth projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to come up with a list of careers expected to fluorish over the better part of the next decade.