12 jobs that pay $70,000 or more and don’t require a bachelor’s degree

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6. Nuclear technicians

Median annual salary: $79,140

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers and other professionals who are involved in nuclear research and nuclear energy production. These technicians also operate special equipment and monitor the levels of radiation that are produced.

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7. Detectives and criminal investigators

Median annual salary: $78,120

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Detectives and criminal investigators are tasked with gathering facts and collecting evidence of possible crimes.

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8. Electrical and electronics repairers

Median annual salary: $75,670

Typical education required: Postsecondary nondegree award

Electrical and electronics repairers install or repair a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities and other industries.

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9. First-line supervisors of firefighters

Median annual salary: $75,540

Typical education required: Post-secondary non-degree award

Supervisors in this industry oversee firefighters, who control and put out fires and respond to emergencies.

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10. Funeral service managers

Median annual salary: $73,830

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

These professionals organize and handle funeral arrangements.

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11. Dental hygienists

Median annual salary: $72,910

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

Dental hygienists clean teeth, as well as examine patients for signs of oral diseases, and provide other preventive dental care.

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12. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Median annual salary: $71,670

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

Postmasters oversee postal workers who collect, sort and deliver mail.

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