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

Skilled Labor Jobs Provide a Financially Feasible Alternative to College

7. Bookkeeper

Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 14%
Median annual salary: $39,022
Projected 2020 salary: $47,992

It's ironic that handling a company's books doesn't necessarily require post-secondary book learning.

Simply put, a bookkeeper handles the company's financial records. A bookkeeper's job description is likely to include recording financial transactions, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statements, updating the trial balance, profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet, managing payroll, invoicing clients, making federal and state tax deposits, and completing annual tax forms, just to name a few.

Bookkeepers at smaller businesses might have a greater scope of responsibility than specialists at large corporations, and this job might call for an associate's degree in some cases.