7 High-Growth Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Skilled Labor Jobs Provide a Financially Feasible Alternative to College

5. Office Clerk

Projected increase in jobs by 2020: 17%
Median annual salary: $31,476
Projected 2020 salary: $38,711

Just like some of Rowe's "Dirty Jobs," the duties of an office clerk are tedious and unappreciated -- but also incredibly necessary.

The exact scope of responsibilities will vary largely depending on the organization in question, but in general an office clerk performs the tasks that keep the office running on a daily basis. Things like data entry, sorting and answering emails, answering phones and operating office machinery. Clerks work in a variety of fields, such as education, government, medicine and law.

You only need a high school diploma at most businesses to work in this capacity.