According to a recent CNN Money report, the secret to earning $30 per hour without a college degree is clear — become a Web developer.
The job currently offers a medium salary of $62,000 per year and doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Recruiters and headhunters throughout the U.S. are finding it difficult to find quality programmers and keep up with client demands.
“There aren’t enough bodies to fill all the seats,” said Judi Wunderlich, so-founder of Chicago-based recruiting firm WunderLand.
This is great news for computer-savvy teens and young adults soon to enter the workforce, not to mention those wanting to make a major career change. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates computer-related jobs will grow by 22 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Better yet, career experts assert it unnecessary to pay huge sums of money for a full college degree.
“If somebody wants to get into this job, it doesn’t make sense to get a college degree,” said Wunderlich. Instead, it may be more beneficial to enroll in certification classes and short programs for a programming education.
For example, General Assembly, offers 12-week intensive programs in New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles. All classes are taught by programmers who have real-world experience, and students learn through a “learning-by-doing” methodology.
General Assembly’s educational leaders suggest hands-on experience is most important for programmers — Wunderlich agrees.
Beyond programming, there are several other lucrative jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. CareerCast has published a list that includes industrial machine repairer, electrician, paralegal, and plumber. Click here to view the full list.