Co-author: Jace Larson, KMGH-TV
If you or someone you know is searching for a job, this is the best time in a long time to find work.
Many Cincinnati-area companies are offering great jobs with good pay, and many don't require a 4 year college degree.
Delivery and shipping jobs
If the outdoors are your style, load up your pack and get ready for some exercise.
Yvonne Thomas is four months into her new job delivering letters and those all important amazon deliveries. "I walk probably 13 miles a day, everyday," she said.
Even though we hear lots about the US Postal Service's struggling finances, they are hiring. Letter carriers start at about $16 an hour or $33,400 a year.
FedEx and UPS are also hiring, especially package sorters, as is DHL at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International airport, which is adding hundreds of jobs in the next year.
When you look around Cincinnati, you'll see construction going on everywhere these days.
Those companies need people to help with those projects, and you don't need a 4 year degree to do most of them.
One specific career in construction is electrical work.
Apprentice electricians like Daniel Jacobsen can start as high as $14 an hour or $29,000 a year. "I really wanted to work with my hands," he said.
There's such a huge need for electricians that companies are willing to hire trainees, pay them full paychecks and pay for four years of schooling at the same time.
"Once they become a journeyman, they are making somewhere between $55 and $65,000 a year," said Marilyn Akers Stansbury, a CEO of an electrical contracting firm.
If a desk job is more your style, try the field of cyber security.
The website CyberSeek.com says there is a dangerous shortage of cyber security workers in the United States.
The website says there are 128,000 openings for cyber security jobs every year nationwide but only about 88,000 people currently working in the field.
Some entry-level jobs in cyber security have average salaries topping $90,000 a year, according to CyberSeek
Best of all, it turns out many I-T jobs do not require a 4 year college degree. And the salaries are some of the highest for non college graduates.
See our slideshow of other great jobs that pay $50K a year, with no college degree required.
That way you don't waste your money.
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