Although there are many occupations that require advanced degrees and years of preparation work, that’s not the only way to earn a living in Alabama. There are high demand jobs in Alabama that do not require any 4-year degree.
The jobs on this list can be done with an associate’s degree or less, and they’re projected to grow by at least 10 percent or by 1,000 total jobs by 2024. Alabama high demand jobs are separated into various categories, such as; construction, healthcare, office jobs, and jobs in the food/restaurant industry. However, we will give an overview of Alabama high demand jobs from the manufacturing Category.
Listed below are Alabama high demand jobs in the US that do not require a four-year degree, along with the average salary each job pays in Alabama.
This category includes machinists, industrial machinery mechanics, welders, testers and others involved in manufacturing new products.
- Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Job Description is to: Repair, install, adjust, or manage industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 10,120
Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 12,570
Projected 10-year increase: 24.21 percent
Average salary: $51,054
Their Job description is to work as part of a team with responsibility for assembling a whole product or component of a product. Team assemblers can perform all tasks carried out by the team in the assembly process and rotate through them rather than being assigned to a particular task on a permanent basis. They may participate in creating management decisions that affect the work.
- Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 35,680
- Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 45,000
- Projected increase: 26.12 percent
- Average salary: $34,897
Their Job description is to set up and operate different machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. This includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
- Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 6,790
- Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 8,010
- Projected increase: 17.97 percent
- Average salary: $42,782
4. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
Their responsibility is to use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or fabricated metal products seams.
Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 9,490
Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 10,600
Projected increase: 11.70 percent
Average salary: $39,644
Their Job description is to: Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. They can utilize complex test equipment and precision measuring instruments.
- Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 11,040
- Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 12,310
- Projected increase: 11.50 percent
- Average salary: $34,513
They operate computer-controlled machines or robots to do one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
- Estimated 2014 employment in Alabama: 1,670
- Projected 2024 employment in Alabama: 2,190
- Projected increase: 31.14 percent
- Average salary: $37,084