Because of coding boot camps, programming courses, and determined high-school graduates, you don’t actually need a college degree to get a high-paying job in the tech industry any more.

According to research from Coding Dojo, someone without a degree can earn up to $96,000.

This is great news for pupils whose internships were canceled, or who were frustrated with many universities’ switch to remote work. 

In a poll carried out last month, 34.6 percent of students weren’t sure if the pandemic impacted plans to get a degree, and 3.8% of students ditched all plans for a college degree.

READ MORE: WHY TECH GIANTS LIKE AMAZON, GOOGLE AND MICROSOFT ARE ALL GIVING THEIR STAFF BIG PAY RISES

Richard Wang, CEO of Coding Dojo said: “For far too many students and their parents, going to the ‘best’ university is their ultimate goal, but career readiness should be the goal.”

Wang noted that there are too many pupils who go to college without a clear plan and expect to figure out what they want to do.

He said: “The result of this approach can be devastating, with students ending up with thousands of dollars in debt.”

The students might have “irrelevant or no degrees at all because they didn’t know why they were going in the first place,” he said, “This stems from students hearing throughout their life that a four-year degree is a key to a successful career, but that’s not necessarily true.”

With numerous US workers still unable to go back to work, it can be a bleak prognosis, particularly for students who are yet to get a career-possible job and feel unsure about their future.

Looking for a new job? Find the WhatJobs Career Advice Center here

Top 10 tech jobs that don’t need a degree

Business analyst

Overall ranking: 26/50
Job satisfaction: 3.6
Starting salary: $58,340
Glassdoor internships available: 174
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 1,764

Data scientist

Overall ranking: 3/50
Job satisfaction: 4
Starting salary: $96,000
Glassdoor internships available: 90
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 577

Cloud engineer

Overall ranking: 33/50
Job satisfaction: 3.6
Starting salary: $82,780
Glassdoor internships available: 314
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 343

Data engineer

Overall ranking: 6/50
Job satisfaction: 3.9
Starting salary: $87,035
Glassdoor internships available: 256
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 1,497

Software developer

Overall ranking: 32/50
Job satisfaction: 3.5
Starting salary: $66,800
Glassdoor internships available: 198
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 871

Applications engineer

Overall ranking: 18/50
Job satisfaction: 3.7
Starting salary: $59,230
Glassdoor internships available: 272
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 1,788

Front-end engineer

Overall ranking: 1/50
Job satisfaction: 3.9
Starting salary: $63,500
Glassdoor internships available: 119
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 1,381

Systems engineer

Overall ranking: 27/50
Job satisfaction: 3.5
Starting salary: $67,370
Glassdoor internships available: 191
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 1,381

 Java developer

Overall ranking: 2/50
Job satisfaction: 3.9
Starting salary: $63,000
Glassdoor internships available: 62
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 288

Software engineer

Overall ranking: 7/50
Job satisfaction: 3.6
Starting salary: $82,000
Glassdoor internships available: 399
Glassdoor entry-level positions available: 2,001

Follow us on YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook