Labor Day report reveals more future jobs won't require college degree, H.S. diploma

Labor Day report reveals more future jobs won't require college degree, H.S. diploma

 LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A Labor Day report from U.S.A. Today shows that some of the most plentiful jobs in the future won't require higher education, but a college degree could mean extra money in your wallet.

Thousands of people have come to Workforce Solutions East Texas over the years in search of a job, and many of them didn't have a college degree or even a diploma. A Labor Day report suggests that in the future, there will be more jobs for people who lack higher education.

As young people grow, most start thinking about how they'll make a living. That path sometimes leads to college, as was the case for Longview psychology major Zachery Jones.

"It's been a calling all of my life," Jones says. "I feel like, as far as being able to help people with their problems from day to day, so I might as well do it professionally, right?"

Especially when a report in U.S.A. Today projects psychology as the fastest-growing profession over the next eight years.

The median salary for industrial and organizational psychologists is more than $83,000 a year. It also requires a master's degree. But there are other jobs among the fastest-growing list where you don't need higher education. In fact, four of the top ten don't require a high school diploma. Personal care aides and home health aides are the second- and third-fastest growing jobs through 2022. They also have a median pay below $21,000 a year.

Dr. Terry Cruse is a vice president at LeTourneau University.

The school added a master's program in psychology two years ago, and a nursing school this summer.

"We know we have an aging population. Um, I'm not surprised by, particularly, the home health aides being in that top five," Cruse says. He adds that the projections don't discount the need for continuing education, especially if you seek personal wealth.


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