Careers That Are Ideal if You Don’t Have a College Degree

February 28, 2022

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Opposed to what some people may tell you, you don’t actually need a college degree to have a lucrative, successful career. There are many successful people out there who never graduated from college and have great careers and ZERO student loan debt. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people… But, here are three popular jobs that don’t require a college degree—and that are actually enjoyable and in high demand.

Digital Marketer

Every year, humankind is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Rather than traditional advertising, most businesses have gone completely online. Therefore, there are a lot of people who need help promoting their brand via social media and other online mediums. A digital marketer is someone who uses the internet to help businesses promote their services or products. So, if you have a knack for navigating various social media platforms, digital editing tools, etc., then becoming a digital marketer is a great way to go (and is in very high demand).

Real Estate

The need for buying and selling properties will never go away. In fact, it is an expanding, diversifying industry that could probably use someone with your skills and perspective if you are a critical thinker who can listen effectively and negotiate like a pro. Working in real estate is a very flexible job option. It allows you to work with a variety of people on a regular basis (which is great if you consider yourself a social person) and act as your own boss. To become a realtor, you need to get your real estate license. Each state has its own requirements for getting your real estate license. Therefore, be sure to do your research ahead of time on what requirements are necessary for your location.

Police Officer

Perhaps you enjoy watching reality crime shows (who doesn’t like murder porn, amirite?)  and have always thought about being the one solving those crimes. You may even consider being a police officer to be an awesome job. But did you know that it could totally be the career for you—and you don’t even need a college degree! A career as a police officer is a dynamic and hands-on career where you get to help people. There is a lot of growth potential too. In fact, after several years of experience as a police officer, you may have the option of becoming a police detective. 

These days, more and more people are realizing that a postsecondary degree from a traditional educational institution is not enough to land a successful career. Many employers are preferring experience to education instead. So, don’t fret if you don’t have a degree. There are plenty of great options for you without one!

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I’m The Corporate Fixer and my mission is to help people become more self-aware so that they can lead from a place of authenticity and self-acceptance.

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