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Why the Uneducated Are Making More than You

NEW YORK (MainStreet)—A new study points to certain jobs that pay handsomely without requiring an education. The Hidden STEM Economy report by the Brookings Institute focuses on workers in science, technology, engineering and math and found that half of all STEM knowledge-requiring jobs are available to individuals without four-year college degrees.

"Employers and CIOs are not looking for a college degree,"said Janco Associates CEO Victor Janulaitis. "They are looking for someone with knowledge in technologies, such as wireless and java code."


The main focus of the Brookings Institution's report is the occupational requirements for STEM given that policymakers tend to overlook the strong potential workforce of individuals without a BA degree. According to the over professional definition of the high-tech job sector, the report concludes that there have been missed job opportunities for many ready, willing and able American workers without bachelor's degrees.

"If you are technically proficient with technical experience, you can be paid well over $100,000 a year without an associates or bachelor's degree," Janulaitis told MainStreet.

Of large metro areas, San Jose and Washington, D.C. have the most STEM-based economies, but Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Ala. and Wichita, Kan. have among the largest share of STEM jobs in fields that do not require four-year college degrees.

"In Utah, gaming is a popular area right now with many gaming companies in development," said Janulaitis. "I suggest a part time job or contract work with a gaming company, getting experience and using it for visibility."

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