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Top Jobs that Don't Require a Degree

Post Author Lori Holley
Feb 4, 2020 4:06:18 PM
Career Tips
Top Jobs That Do Not Require a Degree 2020

Are you looking for a new job or a change in career as we roll into 2020? Are you afraid your options are limited because you do not have a college degree?  Most people assume that an expensive education is a requirement for a great job, but that’s not always the case! In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the projected growth rate for jobs not requiring a college degree is 17.5%.

College isn’t the right path for everyone, and it’s not always a direct path to a career. If you're looking for great job opportunities that do not require a degree, check out the list of  Best Jobs Without A College Degree to see great career options in multiple industries. 

Many of these positions do not require a college degree or a high school diploma! Of the top 25 jobs that do not require a college degree, 10 are in healthcare fields and Home Health Aide tops the list. If you like working with people, this high-demand job is one you should consider. Some of the other jobs on this list include: landscaper, insurance sales agent, restaurant cook, and plumber. There is something on this list that fits every level of skill set and background.

The BLS, referenced above, is another source to find information on jobs with different levels of education. Their Occupational Outlook Handbook tool allows you to choose the type of education and provides a list of jobs along with details such as number of jobs available and median pay.

If money is your top motivation, US News and World Report also has a list of Highest Paying Jobs Without A Degree.  Although most of these require a high school diploma or some type of specialized certification, there are a few that do not. The positions listed that are available to people with no diploma require hard work and physical labor. Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher and Insulation Contractor both pay over $40,000/year as the median salary and are available to job seekers with no high school diploma. 


Now that you’re aware of some of the top jobs available to candidates without a degree , you can tackle 2020 and your quest for a better job.  For additional ideas to help you succeed, visit our Career Tips blog.  

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