Yes, some form of postsecondary education is important in today’s world and today’s economy. But as many continue to question the value of earning a four-year degree, it is equally important to understand the jobs that may be available to today’s – and tomorrow’s – high school graduates.

Over at Marketwatch, reporter Jillian Berman recently explored the 30 million or so jobs that are available without a four-year college degree. Berman found these jobs pay on average of $55,000 a year. And some of them may be surprising. Researchers are finding growth in areas such as:

  • Business services
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Construction
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Healthcare services
  • Government services
  • Education services
  • Natural resources

These economic realities provide some valuable insights as today’s students explore their pathways to tomorrow. And they further emphasize the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and career and technical education in the process.

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