“No experience required.” Those words are all too rare in job ads, especially if you’re hoping to find work that pays above minimum wage. To land a good job, you’ll often need a college degree, work experience, or both.
But a lack of experience and education doesn’t have to mean that you’re stuck earning $7.25 an hour forever. For one, more companies are boosting wages for jobs that previously paid at or near the minimum wage. Walmart has increased worker pay to $11 an hour, while Target and Costco have gone even further, to $12 and $14 an hour, respectively. Amazon recently announced all its employees would earn at least $15 an hour.
Many of the jobs at these companies are entry-level and require little or no experience. And they’re not the only opportunities out there. When CareerBuilder compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations in America, it included plenty of in-demand middle-wage jobs that don’t require years of schooling or work experience to get.
You don’t need any experience – or a college degree – to land one of these five fast-growing jobs that pay at least $15 an hour.
1. Customer service representative
- Average hourly wage: $15.88
Customer service representative will be the fastest-growing middle-wage occupation in the next five years, according to CareerBuilder. Employers will add 120,673 customer service occupations with a median wage of $15.88 an hour, or $33,000 a year. You’ll need a high school diploma, and training usually happens on the job.
2. Medical assistant
- Average hourly wage: $15.62
The number of medical assistant jobs will grow by 14.51% by 2023, an increase of 102,274. The median wage is $15.62 per hour, or $32,489 a year. You will typically need to complete a certificate program, which usually takes about one year to finish, before you can get an entry-level job in this field.
3. Maintenance and repair workers
- Average hourly wage: $18.08
CareerBuilder predicts the number of jobs for repair and maintenance workers will grow by 83,931 in the next five years, a 5.41% increase. These jobs, which typically require a high school degree and on-the-job training, pay a median of $18.08 an hour, or a little more than $37,000 a year.
4. Light truck and delivery service drivers
- Average hourly wage: $15.04
Light truck and delivery drivers – like those who work for UPS or FedEx – deliver packages and small shipments in a local area. Jobs in this field will grow by 5.12%, or 48,837, over the next five years, according to CareerBuilder. The median hourly wage is $15.04 an hour, or about $31,000 a year. You’ll need a driver’s license and a clean driving record to get this job.
5. Billing and posting clerks
- Average hourly wage: $17.85
This job involves generating bills that are mailed to customers or clients. Many work in medical offices or for other businesses, and a high school diploma is all the education that is required. Employers will add 44,283 jobs in this area in the next five years. The median wage is $17.85 an hour, or roughly $37,000 a year.
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