Don’t have the time or the money for a degree, don’t worry you can still have a successful career

For a long time now, I have been under the impression that without a degree, it would be impossible to get a decent job or find a long, and fulfilling career. That’s why as a Program Coordinator, I have often encouraged many of my clients who don’t have a bachelor degree to get one. Not just because its an excellent qualifying career tool to have, but also, a BA goes a long way to having a successful career. So, imagine my surprise, when I discovered that I was wrong in my thinking. I found that there are many careers that you do not necessarily need to have a BA to qualify for, especially when you don’t have the time or the money to get one.

If you are thinking about changing careers or going back to work, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has a list of occupations and or job that does not require a bachelor’s degree or a masters degree. Many of which you only need a two-year associate degree, postsecondary nondegree certificate, or even just a high-school diploma and each has a median annual salary of at least $60,000. Even more surprising is that quite a few of them don’t require a formal educational credential at all.

Here are a few of them according to the latest list (in no particular order):

Dental Hygienists:
They clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases like gingivitis and provide other preventative dental care.
Median annual wage (2016): $72,910
Education required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (through 2026): 17,500
Work experience: None
On-the-job training: None

Nuclear Medicine Technologists:
They use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.
Median annual wage (2016): $74,350
Education required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (through 2026): 1,300
Work experience: None
On-the-job training: None

Radiation Therapists:
They check equipment, observe patients’ reactions to treatment, and document sessions.
Median annual wage (2016): $80,160
Education required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (through 2026): 1,200
Work experience: None
On-the-job training: None

Commercial Pilots:
They pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. It requires a commercial-pilot certificate.
Median annual wage (2016): $77,200
Education Required: High-school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2026): 4,000
Work experience: None
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Air Traffic Controllers:
They monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air-traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor’s degree.
Median annual wage (2016): $122,410
Education required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (through 2026): 7,500
Work experience: None
On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Postmasters and Mail Superintendent:
They plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in an assigned post office.
Median annual wage (2016): $71,670
Education Required: High-school diploma or equivalent
Projected job openings (through 2026): 600
Work experience: Less than five years
On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Web Developers:
They design, create and modify websites.
Median annual wage (2016): $66,130
Education required: Associate’s degree
Projected job openings (through 2026): 14,200
Work experience: None
On-the-job training

For a complete list click on the link here:
High paying jobs don’t require bachelors degree.

See also:
10 Master’s Degrees that Won’t Get You a Job in the Modern World

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