The United States has 30 million “good jobs”—characterized by median earnings of $55,000—for individuals without a bachelor’s degree, according to the latest analysis from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

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While 16 million people are still employed in good jobs in manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction and skilled trades, the new good jobs are shifting to health care, finance and information technology—skilled service sectors—in occupations like computer support technicians, financial managers, sales representatives and engineering technicians.

These good jobs increasingly require some college education or an associate degree, with associate degree holders gaining the most good jobs in recent years, in both blue collar and skilled services industries.

The fall, the Center will be launching a website with data on good jobs for those without a bachelor’s degree nationwide and in each state. Visit to learn more. In addition, you can learn more about how CTE prepares youth and adults for good jobs through ACTE Sector Sheets.