There are a lot of ways to handle the high cost of a college education. Most experts agree that the cost will be made up over the life of a career by higher-paying jobs that require that college degree. But maybe you aren’t sure it’s worth it. Or maybe you just can’t afford college right now and aren’t sure you ever will.
The truth is, college isn’t for everyone. But just because you don’t have a college education doesn’t mean you can’t find any a job with good pay. We did some research using the Occupational Employment Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and found several good careers that don’t require a college degree. Some require training or a two-year associate degree, which still cost far less than a four-year bachelor’s degree.
For many of these jobs, all you need to do is learn the ropes and perform well. Of course, this is easier said than done. It helps to know what your natural talents are, as well as what kinds of tasks you find satisfying. Do you prefer to work alone or with people? Do you like working with your hands? Are you a good writer or good with people? The more you know about yourself, your preferences, talents, and any limitations you might have, the better you can decide whether you have what it takes to do a particular job well.
We found some jobs that don’t require a four-year college degree and where you can earn near or above the median salary in the United States.