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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Job seekers equipped with only a high school diploma have some options when it comes to higher paying jobs.

New research conducted by online job board Careerbuilder.com shows there are plenty of well paying jobs for people looking for work whose highest level of education is high school.

The study comes as Arizona's unemployment rate rose 7 percent in July, which is up from 6.9 percent the month before, according to state economists.

Careerbuilder's study reveals job seekers with only high school diplomas face nearly double the unemployment rate than college graduates.

But emerging jobs in sectors like transportation, construction and health care are opening doors for high school graduates, some with hourly wages that exceed $20 an hour.

Dorothee Harmon with Pima County's One-Stop career center said jobs in construction in particular, have been opening up.

"Now, we are seeing very strong demand in the skilled trades and that's where a lot of the recovery has been -- in the construction sector. So there are well paying opportunities for people that are able to invest in themselves and enroll in a training program in one of the construction trades," Harmon said.

The caveat, however, is that many of these jobs require short-term or long-term training or apprenticeships -- a commitment that job seekers should remember.

"Some of them are quite well paid, and of course on a career advancement pathway, you might enter at the entry level with no experience in a pretty low paying job, but it's important to do your research and identify a career path where there's an opportunity to advance up to a higher level," Harmon said.

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