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6 Reliable Careers That Don't Require a College Degree

6 Reliable Careers That Don
Posted By: Anica Oaks on October 04, 2022

The traditional path to a successful career goes something like this: go to college, get good grades, and land a good job. However, this path isn't for everyone. For some people, the thought of spending four (or more) years in college is a daunting prospect. Others simply can't afford the increasingly high cost of tuition. Luckily, there are a number of reliable careers that don't require a college degree. Here are six great options to consider.

Web Developer

A web developer is responsible for creating and maintaining websites. They work with clients to understand their needs and then use their technical skills to design and build custom websites. While a college degree is not required to become a web developer, many employers prefer candidates who have completed at least some formal education in computer science or a related field. You may be able to take certification classes to boost your resume without having to go back to school.

Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent helps people buy, sell, and rent properties. They work with buyers and sellers to negotiate contracts and handle all the paperwork associated with a sale or rental transaction. In most states, you must be licensed in order to practice as a real estate agent. Requirements vary by state, but they typically include completing a certain number of hours of real estate coursework and passing an exam.

Electrician

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes and businesses. They read blueprints, run wiring, install outlets and fixtures, and test systems to ensure they are working properly. Most electricians complete an apprenticeship before becoming certified journeyman electricians. In some states, electricians may also need to be licensed.



Plumber

Plumbers install and repair piping systems that carry water, gas, or other liquids through buildings. They also install fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs. Like electricians, most plumbers complete an apprenticeship before becoming certified plumbers. In some states, plumbers may also need to be officially licensed.

Commercial Driver

Commercial drivers transport goods and passengers over long distances using trucks, buses, or other large vehicles. To become a commercial driver, you must have a valid commercial driver's license (CDL). To obtain a CDL, you must pass both written and practical exams administered by your state's department of motor vehicles. If you’re interested in this career path, look into Class A CDL driver training courses in your area.

Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is someone who starts their own business. They identify opportunities, gather the resources needed to start their business, and then take on the risks associated with being their own boss. While there is no formal education required to become an entrepreneur, many successful entrepreneurs have at least some college experience. That said, the possibilities are endless when it comes to starting your own business.

There are a number of reliable careers that don't require a college degree. While many of these jobs could benefit from formal training and certification, this is generally less expensive and time-consuming than going to college. So if college isn't right for you, don't worry—there are still plenty of ways to achieve success and financial stability. Do some soul-searching, research your options, and find what works best for you. At the end of the day, the only person who knows what's best for you is yourself.
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