Careers Not Requiring Four Year Degrees

A Compilation of Information by Dale J.

Going to college provides no guarantees when it comes to employment. No one can be sure what the job market will be like 10 years from now. Someone with an MBA may have no more security than a chef or someone who drives a taxi. In fact, very few of the fastest-growing occupations, according to Labor Department statistics, require a four-year degree.
Consider the following job areas – none require a four-year degree:

  • Forestry management and conservation
  • Landscaping and gardening
  • Design (industrial, interior, apparel, textile)
  • Photography
  • Fine arts and administration
  • Construction trades
  • Health care (emergency medical technicians, nursing, laboratory technicians, etc.)
  • Food services
  • Retailing and sales
  • Real estate
  • Mechanical trades
  • Performing arts
  • Woodworking and other crafts
  • Sports and fitness
  • Computer programming
  • Drafting
  • Paralegal

Entry into these fields may involve vocational training or attendance at a two-year college or professional program. College isn’t for everyone; in fact, 50 percent of college students drop out before graduating. It’s advisable to take some time to figure out what you really want to do. Explore ways in which you can try out different fields. There are many ways for people to participate in the areas that interest them most. Brainstorm areas of work that relate to these categories and volunteer or take a summer job during high school in the area of your interest. Whether you pursue college, launch a new business, learn a new trade or skill, or start some other life adventure, it is all a continual process of learning.

Here is a nice site to begin to explore possible careers for students.  There is a teacher guide available on the site as well:


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