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High-Paying Occupations

High school students have opportunities to earn industry-recognized certification. This gives them a chance to have a career immediately after they graduate. Many of the career pathways lead to high-paying occupations.

Example Pathways and Possible Salaries

workerIT Career

  • Support Technician
  • Network Support Engineer
  • Network Designer
  • Network Security Architect
  • Systems Engineer
  • Application
  • Software Developer

With diploma and industry certification $62,000
With associate degree $76,000

Digital Media Career

  • Graphic Design/Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Communication
  • Animation

With diploma and industry certification $75,680

Other high-earning careers include:

Physical Therapy Assistant

With diploma and industry certification $42,087
With associate degree $67,102

Dental Assistant

With diploma and industry certification $32,350
With associate degree $71,320

Welding and collision repairWelder

With diploma and industry certification $32,045
With associate degree $42,325

Diesel Technician

With diploma and industry certification $45,130
With associate degree $54,000

(*Burning Glass and Lone Star College Workforce Development provided the labor market data.)