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While a four-year degree is helpful, numerous professionals do find career success without a degree. And in today's job market, there are many good paying jobs for those with two-year degrees, or degrees from a technical school, especially in the trades.
And even if one does not have any degree, they too, can find career success. A tip for job seekers without a degree - don't focus on not having a degree when writing your resume. Continue to focus on skills and achievements.
Resume tips for job seekers without a degree
"I've written resumes for - and know plenty of people - who don't have college degrees," says Matt Krumrie, resume writer and career advisor. "And they have good-paying jobs with top companies, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, leading technology companies, and so on. So don't let not having a degree hold you back from pursuing your career passions."
When writing a resume, many job seekers who don't have a degree often ask Krumrie "I don't have a degree, will that hurt me?"
In some jobs - yes, in others, no.
"Don't focus on not having a degree," says Krumrie. "Instead focus on results, achievements, technical skills learned over time, seminars, training, or industry-related awards. This is especially true for the professional ten to 20 years into their career, where on-the-job success often holds as much or more value based on the type of job or career one pursues.
Although job seekers with a four-year college degree may make considerably more money than their counterparts with less education, there are many career opportunities in thriving industries for job seekers without a four-year college degree, according to a new CareerCast report.
"The Economic Policy Institute estimates that workers with a four-year college degree make about 56% more than those who don't, based on 2015 salary figures," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. "However, we have identified some great jobs that pay a high wage which don't require four years of college."
Top 10 jobs not requiring a four-year degree
Of the 10 best jobs not requiring a bachelor's degree, almost half are in healthcare: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Records Technician, Optician, and Respiratory Therapist. Other excellent opportunities for those who want to forgo a four-year degree include Electrician, Plumber, Executive Assistant, Broadcast Technician, and Web Developer.
CareerCast named Web Developer as one of the best jobs for part-time and freelance work in 2017. For the technologically proficient, there are abundant opportunities to work on a contract basis and set one's own schedule. And, while other lucrative fields in Information Technology require a bachelor's degree or more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends an associate's degree to become a Web Developer – not bad for a field that pays an annual median salary of $66,130 and has a 27% growth outlook.
Plumbing is always in-demand, and most recent BLS estimates suggest growth outlook of 12% in the next eight years. Wage opportunities are also positive, with an annual median salary of $51,540. But what might be especially appealing to a job seeker looking to begin a career as a Plumber or an Electrician is the opportunity for independent business ownership. Another best job on the list, Executive Assistant, can also be a gateway to greater opportunities in business and/or entrepreneurship.
Healthcare's been a pillar of the American economy for years, but especially so in the past half-decade. It should come as no surprise, then, that the most abundant and best opportunities for job seekers without a four-year college degree are in the healthcare sector.
Local community colleges and technical schools typically offer the necessary training or apprentice opportunities to get started in these fields.
Read below to learn more about the best jobs without a degree, including salary information.
To update your resume and move ahead in your career, no matter if one has a degree or not, contact Matt Krumrie, to write a resume that gets results.
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About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,