Where the high-demand, high-wage jobs are in Kansas and no bachelor’s degree needed

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Almost everyone wants a job that brings in a lot of money and one where they have job security. If you thought that was only possible with a bachelor’s degree, the Kansas Department of Labor wants to change your mind.

The KDOL compiled a list of 56 occupations considered high demand and high wage. Only 16 of them require more than a high school diploma. Eight typically require an associate degree. Seven usually require a postsecondary non-degree award. And one typically requires some college but no degree.

The KDOL list of jobs starts with workers who do not have a high school diploma and goes up to people with an associate degree.

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Thirty of the 56 occupations have an estimated entry-level hourly wage of at least $18. The five with the highest estimated entry-level hourly wages are:

  • Transportation, storage and distribution managers – $35.48

  • Dental hygienists – $32.41

  • Diagnostic medical sonographers – $32.38

  • Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers – $27.13

  • Respiratory therapists – $25.84

“In a rapidly changing job landscape, embracing diverse educational and career pathways becomes increasingly essential,” the KDOL said in a news release. “This collection serves as a reminder that success can be achieved through various means, and opportunities are abundant for those willing to explore other routes.”

Graphic from page 50 of KDOL report (Courtesy KDOL)
Graphic from page 50 of KDOL report (Courtesy KDOL)

The KDOL report shows annual job openings for each occupation, the average annual growth rate, wage information, training and work experience information, a brief description of the occupation, and potential job titles.

The report lists knowledge, skills, abilities, and technology commonly associated with each occupation.

KDOL Report: Today’s Occupations

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KDOL.Laborstats@ks.gov.

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