Lower education requirements for an occupation are often paired with a need for on-the-job training, according to an analysis from Chmura Economics & Analytics. For instance, using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, Chmura has identified the top 10 highest-paying occupations that are open to those with a high school diploma or less, with moderate-term on-the-job training:
|Occupation||Median Annual Wage, 2012|
|First-line supervisors of police and detectives||$78,270|
|Detectives and criminal investigators||$74,300|
|Postmasters and mail superintendents||$63,050|
|Subway and streetcar operators||$62,730|
|First-line supervisors of correctional officers||$57,840|
|Signal and track switch repairers||$55,450|
|Police and sheriff’s patrol officers||$55,270|
|Railroad conductors and yardmasters||$54,700|
CTE prepares students for these occupations through programs in transportation, criminal justice and other fields on the secondary and postsecondary levels, allowing students to find the right combination of classroom and on-the-job learning that works for them.
There are few jobs identified by BLS that require neither a degree nor on-the-job training, and most require a few years of related work experience before entry.