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Job Alternatives That Don't Need a College Degree

You don't have a college degree yet, but you are looking for a career. Here are some career options you can pursue without a college degree.

If you know someone who has been to college to get a degree, and is now working in a job that doesn’t require a degree, then they will not be alone. Around a quarter of college graduates are working in a job that doesn’t need a degree. Which does make you think that college doesn’t need to be for everyone. And although it might not be what your parents told you or what we hear in the media, there are quite a number of legitimate opportunities that you can do without a college degree.

It can be a good idea to think about what the goals are that you have in life, as that can give you an idea of what you should be focusing on. If you have something specific like being a doctor, then of course, that is going to need a degree. But if you want to work in a creative field, a hands-on kind of job, rather than sitting in an office, then you could quite easily get a job without a college degree. Some majors could limit what you are able to do, so in some instances, it can be a bit of a waste of time and money.

You could look to do things like online business courses, for example. So here are some job options for you that you could consider without having a college degree. Some of them could lead to lifetime careers, and some of them are seen as something that is more of a transition to the next steps you take in life.  Whatever you choose to do, it is worth thinking about these options, alongside a four-year college degree, as you figure out where you want your career to go.


Job Alternatives That Don't Need a College Degree


  • Starting a business is something that can be quite easily done without a college degree. There are many business owners, such as Richard Branson, who do not have a college degree. As long as you have a plan in place, passion to make it work, and are quite business savvy, then this could be the path for you.

  • Getting into a trade for your career is something that is really worthy, and can be something that can be turned into your own business as well. Trade schools can offer specific vocational training for whole host of skilled careers. Sometimes it might mean getting an associate’s degree, somewhere like a community college, but many times it will just mean a year or so at a technical school.

  • Selling real estate is another career that can be quite easily done without having a college degree. It is usually a career that can be quite lucrative too, especially if you are able to build up a good reputation as a realtor; there is a lot of money to be made in real estate.

  • Joining the military is something that is a really worthy cause, and comes with a lot of benefits (one of which could be getting paid to go to college later down the line). So if you want to have an established career, then the military is something that can always work.

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