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The following is a guest post from Norah Martin of BizzMarkBlog.  If you’d like to guest post on Enwealthen, please check our guest post guidelines and contact me.

Education does not come cheaply, especially if you are looking to get a degree from an Ivy League university or a college with serious reputation. A lot has been written on the subject of whether it makes financial sense to pay all this money for college, especially when one considers how sizeable a burden student loans can be down the line.

While we would never discourage people from getting an education and enrolling in college, we would like to point out that there are quite a few careers that are more than lucrative without requiring any kind of a degree. Today, we will be talking about five of such career opportunities.

Truck Driver

Sure, we are purchasing online more and more and we are cutting down on our trips to the store, but there is still need for all those products to get to the customers. In order for this to happen, those products have to be transported by road, i.e. by heavy trucks. The only requirements for this kind of work are a commercial driver’s license and a driving record that does not reek of Mad Max-like driving habits. It is a particularly great career if you stick with it, purchase your own rig and build on from there.

Sales Representative

There are a number of college degrees that might help one become a better salesperson, but in reality, it has nothing to do with education. Selling is all about one’s natural proclivity towards it and your drive. It is not the easiest job in the world and it can be stressful, but it is also a career where everything is on the table – you sell well, you earn well. According to Salary.com, it is a profession that is projected to grow when it comes to job demand, up to 16% by 2020. And they are already making a great living.

Carpenter

Trades are always going to be in demand. Unless, of course, we are talking about very specific trades which are made obsolete by modern technology. One trade that will never go out of work is carpentry. People are always going to need furniture and no matter how advanced machines get, there will always be room for a skilled artisan who knows how to create something more than just another piece of furniture. You can always be a self-taught or apprenticed carpenter, although a technical school attendance would probably benefit you.

Coach

The kind of coaching we are talking about here does not have to do with sports. We are talking business coaching, life coaching, success coaching and so on. We are talking helping people fulfil their potential by inspiring them, showing them the best ways to accomplish their goals and become better people. Coaching requires no degree and pretty much anyone can do it. With coaching, you will always want to be one step ahead of the competition, adopting novel concepts such as high performances coaching and such.

Agricultural Manager

People will always need food and no matter how advanced food production gets, there will always be a need for people who will manage greenhouses, ranches, farms and other types of agricultural units. In order to become a manager, you will need to work in the industry for a while and try to learn as much as possible. And while this will require some time and a lot of effort, it will not require a degree. As long as you are getting the work done, you will be making quite a bit of dough.

Closing Word

Of course, these are not the only lucrative careers that a person can have without getting a college degree and there are plenty more that you could consider. These were chosen because a person can make a great living with them and because they will be in demand for years, if not decades, to come.

Norah has been timidly exploring the world of marketing for years, finally taking the plunge and becoming a small business owner herself. She is now devoted more than ever to the exploration of the latest trends, and has become quite addicted – she spends way too much time reading up on the latest social media crazes. She blogs at BizzmarkBlog.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Nice article, Norah. It is especially important for young people to consider these types of careers, as the college/university bubble may be the next to burst. I would also add real estate agent/broken to this list, though it obviously requires some education and licensure.

    • Good point on the real estate agent option.

      Here in Silicon Valley with $1m average price for a home, a 3% commission is a big payday!

  2. There are plenty of high-paying jobs that only require a two-year associate degree or just a high-school diploma. Thank you for sharing career opportunities that would definitely help reader.

    • That’s the new normal with college costs rising so rapidly. We’re back several decades to the point where is not worth getting a college degree unless you have a specific plan to use it.

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