The Hottest Jobs in the Hudson Valley (No 4-Year Degree Required)

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Looking for a job that will set you on a fast track to salary growth sans a four-year degree? These opportunities may be right for you.

Labor market analysts at the New York Department of Labor estimate that the 10 jobs below will have some of the highest demand for new candidates in the Hudson Valley through 2028. Best of all, each of these jobs offer significant prospects for salary growth and none of them require a four-year degree.

Note: The data below is sourced from New York Department of Labor projections for the Hudson Valley. The pay for experienced workers is a mean (average) of the top two-thirds of wages in an occupation.

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Billing and Posting Clerks

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 21.7%
Education Needed for Entry: High school diploma or equivalent
Entry-Level Pay: $37,520
Pay for Experienced Workers: $56,990

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Carpenters

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 8.9%
Education Needed for Entry: High school diploma or equivalent
Entry-Level Pay: $42,570
Pay for Experienced Workers: $86,130

Construction Laborers

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 10.9%
Education Needed for Entry: No formal educational credential
Entry-Level Pay: $38,920
Pay for Experienced Workers: $78,450

Electricians

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 12.8%
Education Needed for Entry: High school diploma or equivalent
Entry-level Pay: $45,120
Pay for Experienced Workers: $100,020

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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 12.2%
Education Needed for Entry: Postsecondary non-degree award
Entry-Level Pay: $41,620
Pay for Experienced Workers: $81,280

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 8.8%
Education Needed for Entry: Postsecondary non-degree award
Entry-Level Pay: $44,160
Pay for Experienced Workers: $69,880

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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 171%
Education Needed for Entry: Postsecondary non-degree award
Entry-Level Pay: $47,980
Pay for Experienced Workers: $65,530

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 10.8%
Education Needed for Entry: High school diploma or equivalent
Entry-Level Pay: $35,230
Pay for Experienced Workers: $61,180

Medical Assistants

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 41.6%
Education Needed for Entry: Postsecondary non-degree award
Entry-Level Pay: $36,900
Pay for Experienced Workers: $49,850

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

Projected Employment Growth Through 2028: 17%
Education Needed for Entry: High school diploma or equivalent
Entry-Level Pay: $44,390
Pay for Experienced Workers: $101,940

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