Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Typically it pays to have a college degree. But in some cases there are jobs that pay well without one. CareerCast has come up with a list of the 20 top jobs that don't need a college degree. This is arranged from smallest average starting salary to largest.

20 Cosmetologist
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $16,000

Income growth: 163%

Employment growth: 15.70%

Working with skin, hair and nails is a cosmetologist's forte. Most cosmetologists work primarily with washing, cutting, dying or styling hair. They can also give facials or demonstrations on hair and makeup.

19 Hair stylist
Pat Roque, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $16,000

Income growth: 163%

Employment growth: 15.70%

A hair stylist, much like a cosmetologist provides beauty services. Cutting, styling, dying and giving scalp treatments are the hair stylists primary responsibilities.

18 Teacher's aide
Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $17,000

Income growth: 112%

Employment growth: 14.80%

As a teacher's aide the employer helps teachers in lesson plans, help the development in children and attend staff meetings.

17 Medical secretary
Ben Roberts, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $21,000

Income growth: 114%

Employment growth: 41.30%

Filing, bookkeeping and receiving phone calls aren't the only duties as a medical secretary. Included in the job description is to interview patients in order to complete medical forms and maintaining medical records.

16 Sewage plant operator
Michael Conroy, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $25,000

Income growth: 156%

Employment growth: 11.60%

A sewage plant operator ensures the operation and treatment of sewage. They also observe gauge and meter readings and may collect samples of sewage.

15 Construction machinery operator
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $26,000

Income growth: 173%

Employment growth:23.50%

This job requires skills to maneuver large construction vehicles and other machinery. The employer may help in building roads, bridges and railroads.

14 Heating/refrigeration mechanic
Craig Ruttle, Associated Press

Average starting salary:
$26,000

Income growth: 158%

Employment growth: 33.70%

Some like it hot and some like it cold. This job requires employees to find out how to make it to the consumer's liking with fixing the client's air conditioning, heater or refrigeration machine.

13 Insurance agent
Susan Walsh, Associated Press

Average starting salary:
$26,000

Income growth: 342%

Employment growth: 21.90%

An insurance agent provides relief for clients that are looking for a new insurance company. Determining a client's personal needs is important to provide a client with the best coverage.

12 Stenographer
Rogelio V. Solis, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $26,000

Income growth: 250%

Employment growth: 14.10%

A stenographer, much like the paralegal assistant requires a lot of writing and editing skills. A stenographer uses a stenotype machine to shorthand the happenings in a court room and other legal proceeding.

11 Wholesale sales representative
Tammy Ljungblad, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $27,000

Income growth: 304%

Employment growth: 15.60%

These employers perform effective sale presentations and are able to answer questions or comments about the product. Sales can be for groceries to cleaner products.

10 Executive assistant
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Average starting salary:
$29,000

Income growth: 131%

Employment growth: 12.60%

An executive assistant supports high level executives by interacting with clients, file documents, record and transcribe minutes and supervise and train lower-level staff.

9 Online sales manager
David Zalubowski, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $40,000

Income growth: 255%

Employment growth: 25%

Get paid to review consumer markets and preparing budget and revenue forecasts. Other responsibilities include creating strategies to boost sales and being a mediator between sales departments.

8 Paralegal assistant
David Goldman, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $29,000

Income growth: 159%

Employment growth: 18.30%

This job requires research and writing. Proper grammar, spelling and form is key in order to fill out the paperwork for hearings, trials and other legal proceedings.

7 Architectural drafter
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $30,000

Income growth: 140%

Employment growth: 3.20%

Drawers are required in this job opportunity. Architectural drafters draw building plans to scale for buildings to be built exactly like the drawing created.

6 Industrial machine repairer
Rachel E. Bayne, Associated Press

Average starting salary:
$30,000

Income growth: 127%

Employment growth: 21.60%

An industrial machine repairer keeps an eye on machines and fixes any errors. This employer also prevents machines from breaking down and installs new machines.

5 Tax collector
Jim Cole, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $30,000

Income growth: 207%

Employment growth: 7.30%

A tax collector performs background checks on individuals or businesses that owe the government money, and then try and obtain the required money.

4 Surveyor
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

Average starting salary:
$31,000

Income growth: 190%

Employment growth: 25.40%

Surveyors collect information on the land before the construction company arrive. They also work with closely with the builder. This job can be done on ground level, underground or in the air.

3 Electrical technician
Jen Pilgreen, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $34,000

Income growth: 138%

Employment growth: 1.90%

Creating light is just one responsibility a electrical technician has. Other indoor responsibilities include installing, connecting and testing refrigeration and air conditioning.

2 Web developer
Todd Dudek, Associated Press

Average starting salary: $43,000

Income growth: 179%

Employment growth: 21.70%

As a web developer, enhancing and sometimes designing the website, or applications for the website is a primary role.

1 Dental hygienist
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Average starting salary: $45,000

Income growth: 109%

Employment growth: 37.70%

This job depends on the each state, however all dental hygienists work closely with the dentist and the patient. Job duties may include: demonstrating oral habits to patients, making impressions of the patient's teeth, and completing office management tasks.