25 high-paying, high-demand jobs that don’t need a college degree
College degrees are important for many people, but they’re not for everyone. There’s a stigma in the U.S. that working in “trades,” or blue collar work, is for students who had to settle for less. That’s so far from the truth!
You can make a great living even without a diploma
Many students discover this after they’ve begun a 4-year university and end up dropping out to pursue opportunities that fit them well without the need for traditional college. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 62% graduate the 4-year programs in 6 years.
Trade jobs require a specialized skill or group of skills that students learn by interning, attending vocational schools, or even from YouTube tutorials. Some skills get replaced by technology (e.g. horseshoe maker) while others simply evolve with technology (e.g. electrician). But once you start exploring options with an open mind, you’ll find countless opportunities that don’t require a college diploma.
So if you’re curious about blue collar careers that can provide a great living, read on!
25 high-paying, high-demand skills-based jobs
- Groundskeeper / landscaper
- Truck driver
- Bus driver
- Auto mechanic
- Crane operator
- Building inspector
- Heating & air conditioning mechanic
- Diesel engine specialist
- Drywall installer
- Website designer
- Software developer
- Computer network specialist
- Civil engineering technician
- MRI technician
- Dental hygienist
- Real estate photographer
One thing holds true with each of these career opportunities: a portfolio will track your skills and experience, making you even more valuable!