(Closed) What jobs can you have withOUT a college degree?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Interesting! I’ll be following this thread…even though I do have a degree.

Post # 4
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012


military…some overnight lab tech work…UPS…court clerk…police dispatch

Post # 6
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@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
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

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
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
43 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Maybe a real estate agent? Don’t think there is a degree to get, just a license.

Post # 16
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

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. 

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