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10 Careers for Those without a College Degree

In 2017, a survey conducted by the American Census Bureau showed that more than a third of persons aged 25 and above had completed their college degree programs. However, the good news is that you don’t need a college degree to work in these careers:

1. Nuclear Medicine Technologist

The median salary is $74,350. You will need an associate degree. The job entails administering radioactive substances to patients that require scans from medical imaging equipment. The equipment is used in identifying radiation in the body. You can later specialize in Nuclear Cardiology- NCT orPositron Emission Tomography PET




2. Paralegal

The median salary is $49,500. You will need an associate degree. As a paralegal you will offer attorneys support through management of documents and data as well as preparation of reports. You can later transition to become a HR professional, a business analyst, self employment, teaching career, or join a corporate legal department in any industry.

3. Hearing Aid Specialist

The median salary is $50,250. You will need an associate degree. A hearing aid specialist uses tests to determine the level of hearing loss in a patient. The results from the tests are used to select and also fit the tools of treatment. The job growth rate is 19% between 2016-2026.

4. Optician

The median salary is $35,530. You will only need a high school diploma. An optician helps clients to choose contact lenses and eye glass frames and then adjust them for a perfect fit. The job growth rate is 15% between 2016-2026.




5. Tractor and Heavy Trucks Driver

The median earnings is $40,000. You will need a high school diploma. You will also need to get a commercial driving license as well as attend a truck driving school that offers professional training services. You will be responsible for transporting goods often over long distances and across borders. Increase in household spending will automatically increase the demand for goods hence the need for more truck drivers for the next ten years.

6. Retail Sales Workers Supervisor

The median salary is $35,600. You will need a high school diploma. The job entails first line supervision and coordination of retail sales workers. You will be required to do management functions such as personnel work, accounting, budgeting, and purchasing, as well as supervising. You can later advance to a managerial position

7. Insurance Sales Agents

The median salary is $48,200. You will need a high school diploma. Most of the training is on-job. You will need to get a State license to work in this field. You can advance to a managerial position.

8. Human and Social Services Assistant

The median salary is $31,900. You will need a high school diploma. The job involves providing client services including family support in the fields of social work, rehabilitation, and psychology. There is a lot of on-job training. Additional education in the future will help you advance to become a case manager

9. Medical Assistant

The median salary is $31,600. You will need to have a high school diploma as the minimum requirement. The job entails completing clinical and administrative tasks in healthcare facilities, hospitals, and physician offices. You can advance to become a manager, surgical technologist, or clinical and medical laboratory technologist

10. Real Estate Sales Agent

The median salary is 37,300. You will need a high school diploma. You will also need to get a State license after successfully completing several courses and passing the licensing test. The job involves helping clients to rent, sell, or buy properties. You can advance to a sales or general manager.

So there you have it, you can pick any one of these well paying jobs and begin to build your life. Not having a college degree should be motivation enough to pursue these and other career channels and excel in them.