Where do you look for a decent-paying job if you don’t have a college degree?
Certain cities have more of these jobs than others, says a report released by the Cleveland and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks. They may not have powerhouse economies otherwise but a strong share of their workers are in solid jobs that don’t require a college degree.
The report lists metro areas with strong “opportunity employment shares” — the share of a local job market offering good jobs for workers without a college degree.
Fed researchers scoured job postings for education requirements, pay information and a city’s share of occupations to come up with at their ratings, says The Kansas City Star. The research focuses on the availability of jobs paying at or above the local equivalent of the national median wage — $37,690.
What follows are the metro areas whose job markets have the biggest share of “opportunity jobs” — good-paying jobs that don’t need a bachelor’s degree.