Top 10 Careers That Don't Require a 4-year Degree

Good news for those not attending university! Top companies such as Google not only hire the smartest talent in the labour market but they also hire individuals without college degrees. In fact, 14% of Google’s workforce did not go to college.

This is backed up by the Brookings Institution which reported that 1 out of 10 jobs in the US do not need a bachelor’s degree. Interestingly, the average pay of these jobs amounts to $53,000 per year.

So, is going to university worth the investment? This is questionable.  According to figures by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), an undergraduate degree could cost $12,804 per semester at public institutions and as much as $32,184 per semester at private institutions.

What’s more, nearly half of those who pursued a degree never graduated and ended up struggling with a debt of over $30,000, which was detrimental to achieving their career goals.

With so many companies willing to hire non-degree holders, people without an undergraduate degree can network their way into a great career path.  Nowadays, it is easier than ever to land a well-paid and prestigious job without having to attend university. Check out this slideshow by Careerglider to view the top 10 careers that do not require a 4-year degree…

1. Explore the world of careers that don't require a bachelor's degree ..

Here are the best careers in the US labour market that do not necessarily require college education...

2. 1. Pharmacy Technician

Tip: This profession is listed in the top 10 Fastest-Growing Occupations in the U.S. for 2013 - 2017. It is also predicted that 31,975 new vacancies will open by 2017.

3. 2. Dental Assistant

Tip: This job allows you to start with on-the-job-training - although some dental assistants get a technical diploma.

4. 3. Skin Care Specialist

Tip: You might need to complete a 6 months to 2 year training curriculum through which you will learn skin care procedures, skin anatomy, product knowledge and cosmetology science. Several states require the skin care specialist to be licensed and also pass the license exam upon completion of the program.

5. 4. Manicurists and Pedicurists

Tip: According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, "manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require".

6. 5. Medical Assistants

Tip: This is one of the most versatile jobs among all of the healthcare professions because the medical assistants are trained in both clinical tasks (involving patient care) and administrative tasks. Certified Medical Assistants are qualified to work in most medical offices, so there are many options for employment. Medical assistants are not limited to a particular medical specialty.

7. 6. Police and Detectives

Tip: According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the majority of police and detectives "must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications".

8. 7. Medical Transcriptionist

Tip: In order to become a medical transcriptionist, you will need postsecondary training. You should also have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar, and word-processing software.

9. 8. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Tip: Medical laboratory technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

10. 9. Court Reporter

Tip: Prospective court reporters may need to obtain a diploma in court reporting or paralegal studies from a recognized institution. They can also pursue additional courses that focus on handling transcription machines such as steno masks and stenotype machines in order to increase their speed and accuracy of transcribing. They might also be required to get a license from their state’s licensing board.

11. 10. Radiologists and MRI Technologists

Tip: Most employers prefer to hire rad techologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Before embarking on this career path, you may join a two-year program offered by a hospital or other medical facility or pursue a two-year associate’s degree in radiologic technology..

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