By Elizabeth Boardman, The Milspo Project President
Just because you don’t go to college doesn’t mean you can’t bring home the bacon, and lots of it! In fact, many young Americans won’t even use their degrees upon graduation due to the oversaturation of workers, and lack of positions in their field.
According to Forbes, “More than half of Americans under the age of 25 who have a bachelor’s degree are either unemployed or underemployed.” Also worth noting, “nearly 1 percent of bartenders and 14 percent of parking lot attendants have a bachelor’s degree,” so says the Christian Science Monitor.
If you are looking for a career change, steady pay, maybe even to make more money, you may consider one of these five career options. The best part: no college degree required.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
If you are an adrenaline junkie, you hate the grind of a 9 to 5 office job, and you have a compassionate heart, you might make a great EMT. During a shift as an EMT, you wear many hats. Not only are you one of the first responders to an accident or other emergency, you also spend a fair amount of time restocking the ambulance and doing paperwork.
“This position varies immensely in the day-to-day work you will be doing. While no formal education is required to become an EMT, you must have the ability to think on your feet and distance yourself from certain situations,” writes April Adams of Careerealism.
If you are a hands-on kind of person and you have an interest in construction, being a construction manager might be a great fit for you. A construction manager is in charge of scheduling, hiring contractors, budgeting and supervising construction projects. The best part is you could stand to make a lot of dough. The median salary is more than $80,000 and some of the top earners make upwards to $150,000.
Though some companies may inquire about a bachelor’s degree for a construction management position, residential and commercial construction experience is more important. So if you can see yourself in the construction business for some time, becoming a construction manager is a great goal.
Accounting clerks, sometimes called accounts payable clerks or accounts receivable, are responsible for accounting and clerical support to a company’s accounting department. As an accounting clerk you typically type up documents, reports and records for your company, as well as maintain files for the office.
To land a position as an accounting clerk you will need a high school diploma, some accounting course work, and most likely some relevant work experience. The average salary is around $30,000 a year.
Physical Therapist (PT) Assistant
This hands-on healer position is great for those who want to make a positive change in the lives of others. With a median annual salary of more than $52,000, some positions paying more than $70,000 a year, you won’t need a degree to out earn your college-educated peers.
As a PT assistant you will help patients recover from serious illnesses or injuries. Your main responsibility will be helping patients with exercise and even providing massages. Educating others about post treatment care is another reason why this position is rewarding for some.
Real Estate Broker
While becoming a real estate broker does require a few classes for certification, it does not require long-term schooling. A majority of brokers earn a salary of $70,000 by selling houses, aiding in loan agreements and filing paper work.
This career path is for the social butterfly types who are friendly and flexible. While you will be working around your customers’ schedules, you won’t be caught up in frustrating office politics.
Important to Note
No position is perfect, and from time to time you will experience highs and lows. While these jobs don’t require a four-year degree, most of them do require some sort of training or prior experience. Make sure to do your research before switching career paths.