Jobs That Don’t Call for a College Degree

By Pete ~ April 9th, 2012 @ 2:14 am

Education is the universal indicator of one’s skills and knowledge in their field, making degrees and diplomas a very essential asset when applying for a job, especially if it’s a high-paying position. While it is true that what you learn and deposited in your brain is intangible and can’t be taken away, not all people can afford to go to college and get a degree.  But it does not mean they cannot get a decent profession and make substantial money from it.

There are several occupations out there that do not require you to take classes in a college or a university. All you need to possess for you to get any of these positions are the basic education from high school, perseverance and willingness to learn, and a lot of common sense.


Starting Salary: $32,165 – $53,608 per annum

Everybody wanted to be a hero when they were young. But for someone who puts out fires for a living, you are a big time here in everyone’s eyes. And you do not need to be a university or college-educated chap to become one. Most states require you to have at least a high school diploma and a satisfactory rating in your physical and equipment training if you want to be a firefighter.

Stepping up the career ladder is also possible. Basic high school education can get you in. But to move up the ranks, you need to not just hone your firefighting skills, further education is an imperative. Several colleges and universities in the United States offer in fire science and fire protection engineering and taking these programs will bolster your resume and help you with the promotion process.


Starting Salary: $30,584 – $40,564 per annum

According to some sources, there were approximately 52 million cars manufactured all over the world back in 2009. And that number is steadily increasing as years go by. That equates to the increasing significance of professionals who deal with cars, specifically the mechanic. And it is quite a respectable career choice in today’s world. Almost all people have cars and they need someone to be well-versed with its intricacies and complexities on a regular basis. The good thing is that no college education is needed to be a mechanic.

That being said, you also need to have a knack for cars, engine parts, motor oils, and hydraulics because it can be quite hard if you are not. Many car repair centers employ high school graduates but they must undergo an apprentice program before they can become certified mechanics.


Starting Salary: $35,575 – $48,833 per annum

Almost everybody on this planet will have a need for a plumber and an electrician every once in a while. Most electricians and plumbers learn on the job when starting as an apprentice. Some even enter the profession because of family tradition. While the position does not call for a college degree, most professional plumbers and electricians are required to be licensed and certified before they can ply their craft. You need not be a genius but you also should be equipped with the proper skills and training when working with live electricity or in city sewers.

Becoming a licensed plumber or electrician also has its perks, especially for those who are members of labor unions. Salary, financial assistance, and insurance are some of the things that come with being a duly recognized worker of the trade.


Starting salary: $17,892 – $27,814 per annum (for enlisted personnel and non-commissioned officers)

A career in the US Military is still possible even without a college degree. Provided you are at least 17 years of age and have a high school diploma, you might qualify to become a soldier. Of course, you also need to satisfy other requirements such as citizenship status, sexual preference, marital status, number of dependents, and so on.

Once you pass the initial screening, you need to endure several weeks of training and learning before deployment. Where you are assigned wholly depends on your superiors and commanders.

The good thing about joining the military is that you have the option to have them pay for your college tuition if you so decide to pursue a college degree. Basically, you fulfill your terms of service and they will shoulder your expenses all the way.

The position is a noble calling and thus, it is not for everyone. It also has a high level of risk, which why the selection process is tough and strenuous.

A college degree is a great thing especially if you are out there looking for a job that will help you make money and make you a productive member of the society. But for those who can’t afford to go to college and earn a degree, you can still achieve highly as long as you strive to be better and productive in everything you do.

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