Of the nearly 800 job categories listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 48 occupations require at least 2,100 hours annually — roughly 100 more than the national average. Most of these positions also are paid very well, averaging more than $80,000 per year.
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Only seven positions require at least 2,100 hours or more each year, yet pay the same or less than the national average. These jobs compensate poorly because they generally require only a high school education. Parts salesmen, who work 2,101 hours each year, can get a position directly out of high school. Similarly, tractor-trailer drivers, who work nearly 200 hours more each year than the national average, do not require a college degree. Some jobs, such as paramedics and EMTs, require a strenuous certification process, but still can be achieved without a college degree.