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|March 10, 2006|
U.S. employers added more employees in February, but unemployment edged upward. Wages grew.
Employers added a stronger-than-forecast 243,000 jobs in February, according to the Labor Department. Experts had predicted 210,000 jobs would be added last month. Construction, retail, financial services, healthcare, and education were among the industries seeing job gains.
Meanwhile, the unemployment report, generated by a separate survey, rose to 4.8 percent, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 4.7 percent.
Finally, average hourly earnings grew 0.3 percent during February, in line with expectations, but in the 12 months through February pay rose by 3.5 percent, which Labor Department officials said was the highest annual increase since September 2001.
|March 1, 2006|
Here are 20 top-paying jobs that do not require a 4-year college degree.
The 300 Best Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year Degree, a newly published book from Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin (JIST Publishing), showcases that the path to well-paid and rewarding work does not always go through a four-year college education — though it may require some college, certifications, or other on-the-job training.
According to the book (and based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau), among the 20 top-paying occupations are jobs in sales, education, law enforcement, construction, administration and transportation, as well as management and supervisory jobs.
Here’s the list of the top 20 jobs:
- Air traffic controller. Annual income: $102,030
- Storage and distribution manager. Annual income: $66,600
- Transportation manager. Annual income: $66,600
- Police and detectives supervisor. Annual income: $64,430
- Non-retail sales manager. Annual income: $59,300
- Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisor. Annual income: $58,920
- Municipal fire fighting and prevention supervisor. Annual income: $58,902
- Real estate broker. Annual income: $58,720
- Elevator installers and repairer. Annual income: $58,710
- Sales representative. Annual income: $58,580
- Dental hygienist. Annual income: $58,350
- Radiation therapist. Annual income: $57,700
- Nuclear medicine technologist. Annual income: $56,450
- Child support, missing persons and unemployment insurance fraud investigator. Annual income: $53,900
- Criminal investigators and special agent. Annual income: $53,990
- Immigration and Customs inspector. Annual income: $53,990
- Police detective. Annual Income: $53,990
- Police identification and records officer. Annual income: $53,990
- Commercial pilot. Annual income: $53,870
- Talent director. Annual income: $52,840
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