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High Paying Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree


For many millennials and post-millennials, sitting in a cubical and working a regular 9 to 5 is not an option when it comes to their career. With the dismissal of conventional work schedules, those entering the workforce also dismiss the need for an undergraduate degree. The job market has responded to this with an increasing number of career paths that don’t require conventional college degrees. Read about a few of the most popular job that don’t require a college degree, below.

Network System Administrators

Most companies are heavily dependent on a network to connect to the Internet. Understanding how to design, install, and troubleshoot a network is a very valued skill set. Some companies may require at least a bachelor’s degree for a position, but more companies are accepting a certificate and work experience instead.

Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists assist in preparing an operating room before surgery. Technologist are also responsible for setting up surgical instruments and equipment. Once the room is prepared, surgical techs may also ensure all equipment works properly. Technologists play a vital role in the medical world, and this career can open doors to many other paths in the field. The certification process can take 1 to 2 years to complete.


Welding is an often overlooked field that plays an important role in the American economy, and the need for skilled welders is always in demand. Welding skills are used in construction, manufacturing, industrial repair, and ship construction. To enter this field, workers can find certification programs or apprenticeships that give hands-on and technical training. Within the field, many companies can improve their marketability by having their workers obtain industry recognized certification.


The transportation industry fuels the growth of so many industries, so it would be difficult to list them all. Getting your state issued commercial driver’s license(CDL) can open doors and roads to a lucrative career in transportation. As online shopping increases, and delivery times decrease, the demand for skilled drivers has skyrocketed. Drivers are in high demand to transport products across the nation.

The transportation industry has also seen a radical pivot with the advent of ride sharing. Many people use services like Uber and Lyft to become entrepreneurs or supplement their income. A contracted service driver has the freedom to choose when and where they work. Some drivers have even left conventional careers to drive full time.

College is a great option to find a career, but it’s no longer the only option. If a four-year college isn’t how you want to start your career, you’re not alone. You can find a lucrative and fulfilling career without a college degree.

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