10 Job Paths, No 4-Year Degree

As the costs of higher education soar, and the marketplace becomes saturated with bachelor’s degrees, there are many who wonder if a four-year degree is really the path to a good, high-paying job. Could you do as well with technical training or an associate’s degree? You probably could, if you chose the right career. If four years (or more) schooling doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, here are 10 decent jobs that you can do — without a four-year degree.

Clinical Lab Tech

According to Edu in Review, a clinical lab tech makes, on average, $47,801 a year. That’s not bad, considering you can usually do this job with a two-year training course from a hospital or technical college to qualify. An interest in medicine and science is helpful, since you will be using microscopes and other technology equipment to look at body fluids and tissue.

Margin Department Supervisor

CNN points out that someone who oversees the credit department of a company can make as much as $83,579 a year. You might need to go through some specific training, and it would help to have an associate’s degree in a finance or business related field. And you have to be able to deal with the guilt associated with denying credit to some customers.

HVAC Installer

Do you like working with your hands? If so, you can learn to be an HVAC installer in as little as nine months. You will need to get the proper certification, but it only represents a fraction of the time that a four-year degree takes to earn. If you do a good job, reports AOL Jobs, you could make $44,814 a year.

Dental Hygienist

There are a number of dental hygiene programs in the U.S. that grant associate’s degrees. Look for an accredited program, and be aware that you will need to pass clinical exams as well as written exams. However, once you are licensed, reports U.S. News and World Report, you could make around $66,570 a year. Plus, if you decide that school is for you after all, you can go back and get a bachelor’s or master’s degree and teach in a dental hygiene program.

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