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5 blue-collar jobs that pay $100,000 a year

Nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that pay without bachelor’s degrees

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Nearly half of U.S. states have added “good” blue-collar jobs that pay the median wage without bachelor’s degrees, according to a report released this week by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM -1.66%   Nationally, a gain of 4 million good jobs in skilled-services industries, such as financial services and health services, more than offset 2.5 million of these jobs lost in manufacturing, the state-level analysis of 30 million jobs found.

The researchers chose $35,000 per year (or $17 per hour for a full-time job) as a minimum for those under age 45 and $45,000 per year (or $22 per hour for a full-time job) for workers age 45 and older. Jobs that meet these standards pay a median $55,000 per year.

States in the West and Upper Plains experienced the largest percentage gains in skilled-services “good” jobs, with especially strong growth in Arizona, Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota. Other states, primarily in the Northeast and Midwest, experienced much slower growth in skilled-service employment than the national average.

President Trump has made blue collar jobs a priority for his term in office, and has spoken about how many factory workers and rural Americans have been forgotten by the grow in the economy since the Great Recession. During the presidential campaign, Trump told a crowd at a rally, “I love blue collar workers and I consider myself in a certain way to be a blue collar worker.”

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“There are several occupations that have that potential,” says Carl Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of Rutgers John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. “A lot of them are in the trades.”

San Francisco-based Brian Keith Schrier, for instance, has made $14,000 in just 30 days using his plumbing, electrical and carpentry skills on TaskRabbit, the online marketplace that allows users to outsource small jobs to others that. “I charge $150 an hour,” he told MarketWatch. “I used to do minor home repair and handyman things, but since my rate went up, mostly I do more of the specialized tasks that take a higher skill.”

Others have found ways to make a good living doing just what they love. Take this dog walker, who makes around $110,000 per year. “It’s full-time pay for part-time work. I think everyone would want that,” Ryan Stewart, who has a dog-walking business called Ryan for Dogs in Long Island City, Queens, told MarketWatch last February.

As third-level students leave college saddled with debt, others are looking for alternative ways to earn $100,000 or more a year. The Wall Street Journal last year interviewed a 24-year-old welder who earns $140,000 a year and attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas.

Here are 5 other jobs with the potential to bring in a six-figure salary:

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