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CareerBuilder Report on High-paying Career Opportunities Demonstrates Value of Postsecondary CTE

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August 15, 2014

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CareerBuilder Report on High-paying Career Opportunities Demonstrates Value of Postsecondary CTE

Business Insider recently published an article about a recent CareerBuilder report on the 20 most lucrative positions for students who have a high school diploma as their highest level of academic attainment. The list was compiled by CareerBuilder and the Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In the article, Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America states that "This list demonstrates that, while pursuing higher education is a proven way to increase your earning potential, there are other options for those who are unable or choose not to attend college."

The analysis examined 115 occupations that need only a high school diploma and pay at least $20 per hour. However, this classification is deceptive; 70 percent of these jobs typically require moderate to long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeships, and some workers might need licenses or industry-recognized certifications. Furthermore, the top 20 highest-paying occupations, the majority of which require on-the-job training, saw employment growth in the 2010-2014 period that varied between decline and moderate growth.

There are many occupations in CTE fields that require some education and training beyond high school, including associate's degrees and postsecondary certificates as well as apprenticeships and industry-recognized certifications. Postsecondary CTE provides students with the opportunity to obtain high-paying, valued careers in many fields that are experiencing above-average growth, including information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing. To learn more about how CTE can benefit students in achieving their career goals, visit ACTE's CTE Research Fact Sheets page here.

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