Post # 1
So, I was attacked on a college campus a few years ago. It’s been hard for me to finish college, but this fall I’m hoping to start again and finish my bachelor’s degree (it’ll take me 4 years).
However, my therapist said something that kind of stumped me. She said “Maybe college isn’t the route for you. Not everyone goes to college. You can still be very successful without a college degree.”
Well.. she’s kinda right. My BF didn’t go to college, and he’s a computer programmer. But I feel with that field of work, they’re just as open to self-taught people as they are people with degrees.
BUT other than that… what other occupations exist that don’t include college??
I’m not really an auto-mechanic kind of girl, and I don’t enjoy crafting, so I’m not the Etsy-type…
I just don’t know why she suggested that to me, and had no suggestions.
So what kind of “successful” occupations exist, that do not require college educations?
Post # 3
Interesting! I’ll be following this thread…even though I do have a degree.
Post # 4
I do IT work without a degree, as does my husband. We each earn over 6 figures.
other choices: electrician, makeup artist, flight attendant (I think you do need a degree for pilot but could be wrong), baker, project manager, wedding planner, caterer, realtor, home inspector/appraiser, really there are tons of long-term careers that don’t require a degree. Some may require vocational training or apprenticeship but others, you just learn as you go along and work your way up.
your therapist is right. College isn’t the only path for everyone. Our society just thinks it is!
Post # 5
military…some overnight lab tech work…UPS…court clerk…police dispatch
Post # 6
There are a lot of jobs that don’t include a four year degree though many still require some kind of higher certification. But many of those are much faster and less involved than a traditional degree but allow a steady and good paying job. I would check out some local technical training school to see what they offer in terms of things you’re interested in. Also if you don’t want to be at a school there are a huge number of online degrees you can take.
Post # 7
Like fishbone said there are heaps! You just need to work out what you want to do first and go from there, I got my job by volunteering. Its not a high paid job but I love animals so I have a animal job! I started volunteering at an animal shelter while I worked part time at a supermarket. applied at a boarding kennel and cattery and they hired me with my volunteer work. Now I have a new job at another kennels with higher pay and more hours.
So whatever it is you want to do, start with work experience!
Post # 8
@AquaGrey8962: You don’t have to give up on college, there are lots of bachelor’s degrees (or AAs) you can do completely online!
Post # 9
Any clerical work is pretty much easy to get without a degree (I started working as an ER clerk right out of HS and am still working there while I go to college.) believe me, if I thought I could make 40k+/year without a degree, I’d be doing it. The good thing about the job I have now is, when I do graduate from college, I’ll have a lot of work experience (computers, insurance, phones, operating systems, working with general public, etc.)
Post # 10
Daycare!! I dont know what your states requirements are but you could do in home daycare (just have to get licensed and certified!) you could even work in a daycare center as an AIDE.
A teller at a bank, my mom does it (no college) but she makes great money! 🙂
Working in a hospital just making up food trays (boring job but good money).
OH and dental assistants make great money and you DON’T need a degree for that!
Insurance sales agent.
lots of state jobs too that require just passing some tests 🙂
Post # 11
Most customer service jobs don’t require a full college degree and there are lots of healthcare jobs you can do (unit clerk, IT, switchboard operator, 911 operator) without a degree.
Post # 12
I made more money before I received my degree lol. I was an HR Coordinator, Analyst and Business Project Manager all well before receiving my degree. I think its definitely about who you know, when you enter the field, etc.
ETA: My bff is a Personal Banker… absolutely no degree or cert.
Post # 13
I started as a teller straight out of college and got promoted to a personal banker…lots of potential to grow with my company and even though I have a degree, they only required a HS diploma or GED! 🙂
Post # 14
A lot of jobs that require state licenses like a PP mentioned (insurance). Also, many driving jobs. You may need a CDL but no degree. Also, working your way up at a bank. You can easily start without a degree and they will pay for you to obtain your licenses/certifications.
Post # 15
Maybe a real estate agent? Don’t think there is a degree to get, just a license.
Post # 16
There are tons of jobs! We’re always made to think a college degree is the only acceptable path and that if you get one, people will throw jobs at you. It doesn’t quite work that way. Do you know about the occupational outlook handbook? Bls.gov/ooh. Good resource with lots of information about all kinds of careers, including education required, pay, growth rate, etc.