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16 Good-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year Degree

You can still get a great job in Illinois even if college isn’t for you, or your kids.

Achieving a four-year degree gives you a competitive advantage in the job market, but if college isn’t for you, or your kids, don't fret. There still are plenty of good careers in Illinois that don't require a university diploma.

That's especially true if you want to go into the health field. Dental hygienists, registered nurses and respiratory therapists all make a good living, yet not one of those careers requires a four-year degree.

Forbes came out with a list of 16 great jobs that don't require a four-year degree, and there’s variety on the list. They’re not just health industry positions.

Maybe, though, a bit more education could have helped those who are in charge of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services avoid making a "grave" mistake. An audit shows the department still had more than 8,000 dead people listed as “Medicaid eligible” on its books. Taxpayers like you paid $12.3 million for medical services for 2,850 of those dead people. 

Outrageous. That's $12.3 million of our money gone. 

The cliché is dead people vote often in Chicago. Apparently, some dead people in Illinois also get a whole lot of medical care.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Kent Frederick June 02, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I notice that a lot of these jobs, such as computer programmer or R.N. require a fair amount of science or understanding of technology and engineering. However, colleges do offer degrees that lead to jobs as dental hygenists, R.N.s, web designers, and so on.
seer. June 02, 2014 at 12:54 PM
"Great Paying Jobs That Require the IQ of a Grapefruit and a Friend or Relative That Can Get You Hired"- any govt job.
Vicky Kujawa June 04, 2014 at 01:25 AM
LMAO seer!!!!! That sums up this state's hiring policies to a T!!!!!
Vicky Kujawa June 04, 2014 at 01:27 AM
Most of the proofreaders at the major news outlets can't even spell; guess that they must be skilled at other 'things'........!

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