Best Jobs You Don't Need a Degree For

November 9th, 2017

With the rising cost of tuition at typical four year colleges/universities, it’s hard for many to save up the money and time to attend and obtain a diploma, let alone, find a better job after graduation. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, there are plenty of jobs and careers available to those without a bachelor’s degree or those who’ve obtained an associates degree.

Below are five of the best jobs and careers that you don’t need a degree for/or only require an associate’s degree or other certifications.

1. Physical Therapist Assistant

Median salary: $45,290 per year

Working under the supervision and direction of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants help patients recover from injury and help them regain movement. Using the treatment plan that physical therapists created, physical therapist assistants follow that treatment plan/schedule with the patients. They can help with stretches, massage the injured area, or help/observe the patient exercise. Physical therapist assistants often work at a physical therapist practice or hospital.

In addition, you’ll need an associate’s degree from an accredited program to become a physical therapist assistant. All states, excluding Hawaii, require physical therapist assistants to become licensed by graduating from the accredited program and passing the certifying board exam.

What is the job outlook for physical therapist assistants? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Physical Therapist Assistant jobs are projected to grow 30 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

2. Executive Assistant

Median salary: $55,860

Executive assistants provide administrative support (schedule/coordinate meetings, answers phones, takes messages/notes, analyzes documents, etc.) for department heads and executives of an organization. The great part about this job is that executive assistants are not only an integral role, but can have a seat at the executive “table.” A degree and/or certifications will give you an advantage when competing with others for executive assistant jobs.

What is the job outlook for executive assistants? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, executive assistants are projected to decline 17 percent from 2016-2026. This is due to secretaries supporting more than one manager within an organization. So the workload and job duties may increase in the coming years.

3. Paralegal

Median salary: $49,500

Paralegals support lawyers by conducting research, writing and drafting documents, and organizing files/paperwork. As for education, most paralegals will need an associates degree in paralegal studies from a community college.

What is the job outlook for paralegals? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegals are projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

4. Web Developer

Median salary: $66,130

Simply put, web developers design and create websites. They also help with the content and technical aspects of a website. Web developers need knowledge of programming, graphic design, software programs, web applications, and programming languages.

Educational requirements will vary depending on the job, ranging from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree.

What is the job outlook for web developers? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, web developer jobs are projected to grow 13 percent from 2016-2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

5. Dental Hygienist

Median salary: $72,910

Dental hygienists are in charge of cleaning a patient’s teeth, which includes removing tartar, stains and plaque, as well as checking for oral disease. They also give patients tips and tricks on how to improve their overall oral health. Because of their interactions with patients, dental hygienists need to have good customer services skills. Prospective dental hygienist will need to obtain an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Once graduated, they’ll need a state-specific license.

What is the job outlook for dental hygienists? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienist jobs are projected to grow 20 percent from 2016-2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Keep these five occupations in mind when looking for jobs with minimal educational requirements.

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