From the Nomad Capitalist:
Let’s take a look at the top ten jobs in the United States in Q2 of 2014 so we can make a reasonable assessment of the condition of the economy as a whole:
1. Retail salespersons, 4.48 million workers earning $25,370
The #1 occupation of Americans earns on average about $10/hour. Retail sales people can be those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and automobiles, and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts . Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments. The education level required to get an entry-level job in this arena is less than high school.2. Cashiers 3.34 million workers earning $20,420
Cashiers make an average of $9/hour. Cashiers handle payments from customers purchasing goods and services. This job is slowly becoming automated, especially in grocery stores where self-checkout is becoming a popular option. The education level required here is less than high school.3. Food prep and serving staff, 3.02 million workers earning $18,880
Food prep and serving staff employees make about $9.28/hour. These are people who do routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Required education is less than high school.4. General office clerk, 2.83 million working earning $29,990
Office clerks make $13/hour on average. They perform a variety of administrative tasks, including answering telephones, typing or word processing, making copies of documents, and maintaining records. Required education is a high school diploma.5. Registered nurses, 2.66 million workers earning $68,910
Nurses make an average of $31/hour. There is currently a shortage of registered nurses in the US, so job prospects are solid at this point. However, time will tell what kind of destruction Obamacare will have on jobs in the medical profession. Education requirement is an associates degree.6. Waiters and waitresses, 2.40 million workers earning $20,880
Waiters and waitresses make about $9/hour, factoring in tips. Education requirement is less than high school.7. Customer service representatives, 2.39 million workers earning $33,370
Customer service people make about $14.70/hour on average. They typically handle customer complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization’s products and services. Education level required is usually a high school diploma or equivalent.8. Laborers, and freight and material movers, 2.28 million workers earning $26,690
These workers make an average of $14/hour. Hard work, low pay, and most people can’t sustain this kind of work their whole lives. Education level is none.9. Secretaries and admins (not legal or medical), 2.16 million workers earning $34,000
Secretaries in this realm typically make about $17/hour. Filing, organizing, phone answering. Education level is high school diploma.10. Janitors and cleaners (not maids), 2.10 million workers earning, $25,140
Making about $10 an hour, janitors keep buildings clean and in order. Education required is none.
59% of all Americans bring home less than $35,000 a year.
None of these jobs require a college education.