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

Skilled Labor Jobs Provide a Financially Feasible Alternative to College

2. Receptionist

Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 24%
Median annual salary: $30,025
Projected 2020 salary: $36,927

You don't have to be a model or an executive to be the face of a company, because receptionists are often the all-important first impression that people have about businesses.

Some people view the work done by receptionists as grunt work which includes answering phones, transferring calls, and fetching coffee for waiting clients. But with such a public-facing role, receptionists are in an important role because they set the tone -- both in person and on the phone -- for business success or failure.

This position doesn't usually require more than a high school diploma, and it could serve as a springboard for additional career opportunities for the right candidate.