Many potentially lucrative careers do not require a college degree
High school students have long been encouraged to enroll in secondary education to further their future career prospects.
College is not for everyone, though. Luckily, while a college degree is a prerequisite for many careers, it is not mandatory for every job.
In fact, there are many potentially lucrative lines of work that do not require a degree. These careers often appeal to young people who are discouraged by the high cost of college, or those who have grown tired of the classroom atmosphere.
Many lines of work that do not require a college degree do require trade-school certification. The good news is that trade school typically takes less time to complete than a more traditional four-year degree, and such courses of study tend to be less expensive than college degrees.
These factors may be why the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that eight of the nation’s 10 fastestgrowing occupations do not require a bachelor’s degree. The following jobs are potentially lucrative but do not require a college degree.
A captain will navigate a vessel and manage the crew. Additionally, he or she must comply with international and local laws. Captains can expect an average salary of $87,000.
Many web developers are self-taught, and many more supplement their natural skills by taking a few classes here and there. Web developers earn very good salaries, with a median salary of $75,000.
Plumbers, bricklayers, marble setters and masons have been in high demand for centuries. Depending on the business and whether a tradesman is self-employed, he or she can earn a considerable salary and enjoy a good living without having to earn a college degree.
Home-health-aide supervisor Home-health-aide supervisors monitor the quality of care performed by aides for patients at home and help develop a care plan for those patients. Much of the training for this profession occurs on the job, and workers receive satisfaction from helping those in need.
Many engineers begin as rail transportation workers and conductors before moving up to an engineer position. Driving a train requires knowledge of the mechanical operations of the locomotive and awareness of safety regulations. A locomotive engineer can earn as much as $70,000 annually, if not more.
Air traffic controller
Being an air traffic controller — a lucrative position — is a very demanding job and one that subjects workers to significant stress. Air traffic controllers are responsible for maintaining a safe and orderly flow of air traffic to prevent collisions or traffic buildup at airports. Many air traffic controllers complete training through aviation-related programs or military service. Salaries can reach six figures.
Although college is the next step for many high school students, it is not necessarily the only path individuals need to take. Many high-paying and rewarding careers are available to people without college degrees.
A number of careers, including those of plumbers, bricklayers, masons and others, require trade-school certification or on-the-job training rather than a college degree.