Do you need a college degree to get a good job? We are conditioned from the time we are young to believe that without a college degree, we can’t earn. It is true that there are some high paying career fields that require a certain amount of education and a degree. And I am all for getting a good education (although I don’t believe a degree is necessary to prove you have a good education). However, the college route doesn’t suit everyone, and the increased costs of attending university mean that getting a degree isn’t always very cost effective.
If you are looking for a good job, without needing a degree, here are some contenders:
Air Traffic Controller
This is a high stress job, but it also comes with a pretty high salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that you can make more than $100,000 as an air traffic controller. There is some special training that you need to accomplish before you can do this job, but you don’t need a degree.
You do need some training to be a funeral director, but once you have it, you can make as much as $80,000 a year. It is important that you be able to handle the macabre, and you do need to have a degree of tact and warmth, since you are dealing with people in difficult situations. However, if you can take the job, it is something worth considering.
You can make more than $50,000 if you get on as a commercial pilot at the right airline. Training is required, but you will not need to get a college degree. It can be a fun job if you like flying, and you can get discount fares when you aren’t on the job. You do have to be away from home, though.
After six to eight weeks of training, and after you obtain your commercial driver’s license, you can make $45,000 or more as a truck driver. Work your way up to becoming a trainer, and you can clear more than $70,000 a year. Team drivers, those with hazmat certifications and others can make different salaries as well. You do need to be able to deal with the monotony of driving, and deal with being away from home.
For those with the right skills, sales can be a financially rewarding job without the need for a college degree. A salesperson might work on a commission structure, or base + commission. In either case, how much you end up making depends on how well you sell, whether you are selling cars, furniture, real estate, pharmaceuticals, credit card processors or high-end clothes. Depending on what you do, you may need to complete a certification or become licensed. A people person with the right talents can make six figures a year. But it usually requires a large amount of hustle.
The starting salary is often just a little more than $30,000, but you can make more than $50,000 a year, depending on where you work, and whether you reach a supervisory position. You don’t need a college degree, but you will need to go through a training program. You will need to show strength and stamina if you want to be a firefighter. You can also pick up additional pay if you work fighting wild fires.
Every job has its pros and cons. And, no matter your job, it is likely that you will need some sort of training. While a college degree may not be necessary, some sort of education or skills training is required to do most jobs.
This is a guest post. Miranda Marquit is a journalistically trained freelance writer and professional blogger working from home. She has been a contributor for Mainstreet.com, Personal Dividends and several other sites.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information and are not intended to provide specific advice and/or recommendations for any individual.