Report: Good Jobs that Pay without a BA

Today, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.,  the Center on Education and the Workforce released new research that finds that even with the overall decline in manufacturing, nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees (BAs). Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State-Analysis finds that since 1991, workers with associate's degrees have claimed a rising share of good jobs in every state, while high school graduates in nearly every state lost ground.

The centerpiece of this release is a companion website,, which explores the 30 million good jobs that pay without a BA and the demographics of those who hold them. The interactive website features a tool that allows users to sort jobs by industry, occupation, and education level at the national and state level.  

This state-level analysis of the 30 million good jobs in the economy for those without a BA identifies wide variation among good jobs gains and losses by industry and education across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read the full report here.