I ama 17 year old girl and have been thinking about my future. I do not want to go to college (I have multiple reasons which include not having money and fear of debt) But I do not want to fail in life Are there any jobs with decent/well hourly wages/yearly salary that I could get that would only require a
I ama 17 year old girl and have been thinking about my future. I do not want to go to college (I have multiple reasons which include not having money and fear of debt) But I do not want to fail in life Are there any jobs with decent/well hourly wages/yearly salary that I could get that would only require a highschool diploma and/or training or certification. (I am likely going to a technical college.)
Kt Skycat: Absolutely! There are thousands of technical and labor jobs and careers that do not require a college degree. You do not need a college degree to become a skilled welder, just a certificate saying you know how to safely operate the equipment and can properly weld metal pieces together. You do not need a degree to become skilled labor. There are people who work at the orchard tree nursery down the road who have barely a high school diploma and yet are very skilled at grafting buds onto branches of fruit trees for sale. I thought I could try it but you seriously need skill to make the proper sliver cut to cut a good bud and you need good dexterity to place the bud on the branch and tape it without smashing it! Many people go back year after year and are needed for their skill. Machinists are skilled at operating machines and manipulating metal into parts for mechanical gadgets and a good machinist can make upwards of $25 an hour. Janitors require no degree and yet are needed to clean offices and office buildings. My friend has worked since high school graduation as an office clerk in a medical outpatient surgery group doing medical billing. Hotel roomskeepers are needed to clean hotel rooms daily and that does not require a degree, neither do ski lift operators, retail sales in mall stores, cashiers at the supermarkets, warehouse labor (though having forklift driving experience will get you far!) You don't need a degree to answer phones, be a technician making dental implants or fake teeth, just skill. You don't need a degree to work in a plant nursery planting seeds or watering or transplanting seedlings into bigger pots. You don't need a degree to work in a dairy wiping cows' udders with iodine and attaching milk machines to their udders. I have a dozen senior citizens right now needing someone to clean their rain gutters, sand and stain their decks, prune their trees and do the weed-eating for fire clearance next spring. There is a guy who works out of his garage making skateboard racks and he is willing to pay an assistant to help him sand and paint them and help sell them at the flea market. You don't need a degree to hold the stop sign while the road crew fixes the roads. You don't need a degree to fix telephone or electric wires, prune trees for the city parks and recreation department, or drive the riding lawnmower to mow the lawns at the city parks. You do need a commercial driver's license to be a truck driver or a UPS or FedEx driver, but you do not need a degree. You do not need a degree to be a baggage handler or airplane refuel person at the airport (My sister did that!) You certainly do not need a degree to be the stableboy grooming the horses and scooping the feces for the horses in the parades at Disneyland (wouldn't THAT be something to put on a resume!!) If you sign up with a temporary agency, you can do a lot of work without having a degree, such as signing in athletes and printing id tags for a sports event (I did that), photocopy seized documents for the FBI as a neutral-disinterested 3rd party (I did that too), or answer phones for a dentist who was only in the office 2 days a week (ohmygosh that was so boring!) There is actually plenty of work to do and work does not require a college degree — you just have to show up and sometimes wear the uniform. But if you are willing they are hiring staff right now as ushers and field security for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and security for the Rose Parade. Go to a temporary agency and sign up and get going and there will be plenty to do soon enough enough without a degree. Good luck!
If you're afraid of debt, wait until you see how little you earn with only a high school diploma.
Contact your local community college to get an education for a career.
A few well-paying jobs that do not require a degree:
Mail carrier (though that may change under Trump)
Real estate broker
Commercial pilot (LOTS of training, but no degree required)
sales with good commissions
yep tons, try online e business