Four Careers That Do Not Require a College Degree

Did you know that American citizens carry more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt? The truth is that there is a student loan debt crisis in the making in the country. Traditionally, people think that the only way to get a well-paying job after graduating from high school is going to college to earn a degree. However, the crippling student loans and rising tuition fees are driving people towards alternatives that do not require a bachelor’s degree. Here are four careers that do not require a college degree:


A welder cuts or joins metal parts to build things that we rely on in our day-to-day activities. As a career, welding does not require a college degree. Welders start out at internship programs that require a high school education. These internship programs offer classroom sessions as well as on-the-job training. In as little as nine months, you can get a welding certificate and start earning a good living.

Like any other career choice, welding offers a myriad of opportunities vis-à-vis industries to work in and advancement opportunities. Almost every industry, including robotics, engineering, inspection, education, etc. needs welders. With additional schooling, welders can advance to higher paying positions. Be sure to keep your feet protected as you take on your new role as a welder in any of the aforementioned industries.

Learn a little more about welding here.

Registered Nurse 

There’s a shortage of nurses in the United States. Virtually every state, every city, and every hospital in the nation is looking for trained professionals to fill these positions. Even though you need additional schooling to become a registered nurse, you don’t need a bachelor’s degree and the shortage of RNs in the country has created plenty of incentives through grant programs, universities, and hospitals.

The growth potential, as well as the importance of this field, has made the education component more manageable. You can start by completing a one-year licensing course to become an LP, then get a diploma and eventually earn an associate degree. The LP will open up a good deal of nursing jobs and once you’re settled, you can go back to school on a part-time basis.


Electricians are always on demand. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates an above average job growth for repair workers and electrical engineers in the next decade or so. Job availability for electricians will continue to rise even as the world becomes more automated. The best part about becoming an electrician is that you don’t need a degree.

Working as an electrician is heavily reliant on experience, which is the case with a majority of careers that do not require a degree. That being said, certification and accreditation are very important for an electrician, especially when it comes to your earning potential. As an electrician, you can specialize in areas such as network installation, power line installation and repair, and security systems.

Web Developer

If you are looking for jobs that don’t require a degree, self-employment is one of the best routes you can take. Becoming a web developer is one of the most lucrative ways to become self-employed in the internet age. It’s been two decades since people started designing websites and making good money off it, but the industry has seen massive growth since its inception in the early 1990s.

Today, a good number of web developers earn a Bachelor of Science degree, sometimes even a master’s degree, but that’s not the only way to go about becoming a web developer. Businesses needed websites built long before universities caught up and started offering web design courses. As a result, the industry easily accepts workers who don’t have a degree in web development.

Trevor is a civil engineer (B.S.) by trade and an accomplished writer with a passion for inspiring everyone with new and exciting technologies. He is also a published children’s book author and the producer for the YouTube channel Concerning Reality.

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