(Closed) What's your job? (Those w/o a college degree:)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 107
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@mackenzie810:  I’m a server. I make 9.05/hr and then tips on top of that. Because of where I work it depends on the season,  but I usually take home anywhere from $70-$250 a night in tips, then my hours are usually around 5-6 hours sun-thurs and 7-8 hours Friday and Saturday. 

Every night is different,  the restaurant I work in is reservation based so it’s nice that they can call us in later if their won’t be any tables for us so we’re not waiting around for nothing. 

ETA: I’ve been at my job for a year and a half now. The reason I stay is because I have never made less than $20/hr including wage+tips. I like that when I need extra cash, I can just pick up a shift and come home with usually at least $100, plus whatever gets put on my cheque. There’s no way I could make minimum $20/hr anywhere else in this city without technical training or a degree of some sort. 

Post # 108
277 posts
Helper bee

@mackenzie810:  I’m a night shift CNA. It’s one of those jobs that people say “you’re JUST a CNA” but it’s actually a good job for my area, and there’s potential to do a LOT with that, like home health, or getting your CPR and first aid done and working in an ER. I love being in healthcare and being the one that really knows and interacts with patients. It’s not for everyone, but it’s for me.

Post # 109
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m a real estate agent currently, and a part time consultant for an in-home party company for women selling bath, beauty, lubricants and relationship enhancement products.

I was a real estate paralegal and administrative assistant for six years before that. I finished 3 1/2 years of college, but I needed another 1 1/2 years to go but it wasnt worth the cost of going to school, the degreee was going to cost more than I was making without the degree. I will eventually finish but the loans werent worth the interest since I wouldnt make any more with the degree than without.

Post # 110
90 posts
Worker bee

I’m a bankruptcy/corporate paralegal. Got a cegep degree (yay Quebec) at a private college after dropping out of university. Best decision ever. 


Post # 111
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Idk what part of WV you’re from.. I’m in WV too, at least until I’m done with college.

In my current town, some friends and I worked at a call center for bank of america. They paid a little over $9/hour. My other friend worked for this place called Right at Home, I think.. she got to pick her own schedule. She’d drive to people’s homes and help take care of them: bathing/other bathroom stuff, moving in general, cleaning, shopping, feeding, etc. My guy currently works at a car dealership (until I can get a real job, he’s the one paying all the bills, my only other form of financial support comes from loans). When I used to live in the eastern panhandle, my guy worked in MD & WV installing satellite tv, and before that cable & phonelines. He also used to work for a gas meter company. I worked at a Macy’s distribution center, easiest job I ever had. I worked weekends so I was paid a little over $11/hour; time and a half for overtime. Before Macy’s, I worked at a bingo parlor: minimum wage plus tips. A lot of people in that region, would also work at Quad Graphics or Fedex, or other places in MD.

My friend’s boyfriend’s mom, only has a diploma, works at the WV Division of Tourism. She makes around $50,000/year. My other friend’s parents and brother, all only have diplomas, worked at the casinos in Charles Town. They were poker dealers (they now work at casinos in Baltimore), but while they were in C-town, they each made about $80,000/year. Gambling’s not a bad business to get into, imo..


can’t really think of much else right now, if I do, I’ll add more. It’s hard to make a decent living, with or without a degree nowadays. It’s even harder when you’re in a small town, and you don’t already have connections with potential employers.. Sometimes the only choice left is to commute a fair distance to find anything worthwhile. Or just move to places where there is more growth. many places in WV seem pretty stagnant to say the least..

Post # 112
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am a professional house cleaner. So pretty much a maid, but with a fancier name and I don’t do your dishes or laundry. Its all right, but hard work and our boss is a little crazy and extrememly socially awkward.

Post # 113
4431 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I didn’t go to college and I’m an Engineering Assistant for a large utility company in metro NY. I do everything from budget analysis, reconciliation, designing (with engineer assistance) jobs And everything InBetween. 

i have over 6 years of work experience though.


Post # 114
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve got a BFA in painting, and I’m a comic book artist. Probably didn’t need to get the degree for that.




Post # 115
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m working toward a degree, but at the moment I work in childcare. I work with school-age children (5-12 years) in a before/after school care prgram and vacation care too. I LOVE my job, and am even considering keeping it after I get my degree. I love being able to interact with children and primarily develop their social skills and understanding of how social constructs work and what behaviour is appropriate at what times. 😀 

Post # 116
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I missed the whole without a degree part lol.  I have 2 degrees and work at a museum.  I recently worked as a police disdispatcher as well

Post # 117
11 posts

I work in a bar. I worked in offices all my life and pretty much hated it! Now I’m doing a software development degree as well (I just can’t stick minimum wage forever… plus I want to do something awesome career-related at some point, just don’t know what yet!). I’ll be networking and studying like mad for at least the next 3 years in the hope that self-employment and a good income lies in my future 🙂

Gotta say, depsite the awful pay, I do really enjoy the place I work. No micromanagement, no office bitching, no gossiping, and I don’t need to get up early in the morning. I always feel better on a later schedule.

Though I’m considering racking up a good few months of temp office work to pay for the wedding, ha!

Post # 118
2094 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work in AP at a very large oil company but I have lots of experience. I too got into the corp world by joining a temp agency. 

I have to say though, you must know how to type, Office, email and some basic office skills. But really…they work with anyone. 

I’m currently in school for a BA in Communications. 

Post # 119
24 posts
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m a Medical Biller/Colloector for an oncology practice. I start Nursing school in April though.

I honestly don’t like working under anyone and hope to run my own cmopany one day- Something in the fashion industry, and have my own medical billing firm, and be a nurse. LOL- Im all over the place, I know.

Post # 120
44 posts

I work in finance for a hospital. Doing insurance follow-up. 

Post # 121
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I use to be an insurance agent, so I made a fairly decent wage.  Unfortunately I hated the job and have returned to school.  

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