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Top 10 health care jobs that don't require bachelor's degree - a look at growing fields

Health Care

A new report on the booming growth in health care jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree highlights 10 occupations with the highest number of workers.

  1. Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides 
  2. Registered nurses
  3. Personal care aides
  4. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
  5. Medical assistants
  6. Dental assistants
  7. Health practitioner support technologists and technicians (Pharmacy technicians, Surgical technologist, Veterinary technologists and technicians)
  8. Diagnostic related technologists and technicians (Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, Radiologic and MRI technologists)
  9. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
  10. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

There are many training programs available in Michigan that will prepare students for careers in health care. To name a few:

Upper Peninsula:

  • Bay College -- Nursing, Practical Nurse, EMT, Paramedic 

Northern Michigan:

West Michigan:


  • Delta College – Nursing, Practical Nurse, Physical Therapy, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician
  • Mid-Michigan Community College – Nursing, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technologist
  • Dorsey – Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, Practical Nurse, Personal Care Aide

Southeast Michigan: 

MI Trade School - Skilled Trades are in High Demand

Welding Skilled Trades

Increase your chances of getting a good paying and rewarding job by pursuing a career in the skilled trades. There is a shortage of many qualified technicians and it will continue to grow over time. This means there are lots of jobs available in most skilled trades and there will be even more in the future.

Begin your journey toward landing a great job here. First learn about what kinds of jobs there are in skilled trades and choose some that match your interests and abilities. Then find out ways you can learn certain trades and decide what type of training is best. Once you have a trade in mind, find out what jobs are available and what companies are hiring. 

Although most skilled trade professions don't require a four year degree, you do need a mix of talent, experience and sometimes a certification or license. Certifications and licenses are often obtainable in less than a year -- sometimes in a matter of weeks, depending on the concentration. 

Many skilled trades can be learned through apprenticeships or short-term training. Tuition also may be available. Some training programs even offer college credits. Alternatively, search skilled trades using the drop down menu below. Vocational schools, career colleges and technical schools can save you money and time when compared to the expense of earning a two or four year diploma. 

MARESA partners with NMU to form form technical middle college

Middle College

Starting this fall, students in two Marquette County school districts will have an opportunity to earn college credit by participating in a middle college program.

The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency announced its partnering with Northern Michigan University to create the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College. The program’s pilot year will consist of students from Marquette and Negaunee.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to earn a substantial amount of college credits at no cost to them or their family,” MARESA Career and Technical Director Brian Sarvello said. “But it also provides a gradual and supported transition from high school to college that helps students succeed even better at the post-secondary level, and finally we wanted to provide a strong incentive for students to pursue a career in technical education or STEM-science, technology, reading, and mathematics program-that we really need to sustain our economy.”

Students will earn college credit during the five-year program, taking classes both at NMU and their respective school districts.

“We’ll have two academies available to students. The first one is a health sciences academy which pairs our health occupations program at Marquette Senior High School with Northern Michigan University’s clinical sciences program,” Sarvello said. “In addition to that, we also have an industrial maintenance academy which pairs our high school welding programs with the industrial maintenance program at Northern Michigan University.”

The public can learn more about the program by attending informational meetings in Marquette and Negaunee.

  • Monday, July 28 — 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Marquette Senior High School’s Little Theater
  • Tuesday, July 29 — 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Negaunee High School’s auditorium

The pilot program is open to students in those districts for now, but as the program continues to grow, it’s expected to expand to other school districts across Marquette and Alger Counties.

Aviation Maintenance; a career that is really taking off!

MIAT Aviation Tech

Are you ready for an exciting career working at major airports and private airfields across the country? By earning your Aviation Maintenance Technology certification, you open the door to more options and competitive advantages upon graduation and throughout your career.

At MIAT, the NEW Aviation Maintenance Training Course focuses on teaching students the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Technicians. With the strong foundations that we provide, MIAT graduates are prepared to start their exciting careers immediately.

The NEW Aviation Maintenance Programs starts August 29 at MIAT’s Canton, MI campus and offers a variety of Aviation Maintenance concentrations leading up to the Associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Apply now and secure your place in this next class. Call us at (800) 447-1310 or click here to learn more.

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