It is a myth that a Bachelor's Degree
is needed for a rewarding career. Even without a four-year college degree, it
is very much possible to have the rewarding career you have always dreamed of.
Many exciting career paths require
special training or certification that is less than a Bachelor's Degree. With
the high cost of college tuition, plus room and board, more and more students
are graduating from college with huge student loan debts, then facing
challenges such as high unemployment rates, modest starting salaries, and poor
job offers. Those who choose trades or certificate programs often receive on
the job paid training, higher than average starting salaries, and stronger
offers of employment. They have the luxury of graduating from job training
programs with little to no student loan debt.
An increasing number of students are
choosing to pursue programs at trade schools and community colleges. A large
number of employers work with these students to provide apprenticeships and
internships while students are still learning. They graduate with job
experience and open doors. For those wondering what career paths
they can pursue without a Bachelor's Degree, the possibilities are numerous.
Choices include carpentry, administrative jobs, IT positions, dental hygienist,
and electrician jobs. Many other positions also exist for those who choose not
to obtain a Bachelor's Degree.
Some of the best high paying jobs
require more than a high school diploma, however, less than a traditional
four-year degree. This is good news, considering how college is not for
everyone. Many people learn better with on the job training rather than
classroom education. Other people simply don't have the resources required to invest
in a college education. Vocational and certification programs provide more
specific training and job skills than many college degrees. There are many
Bachelor's Degree programs that are broad, leaving the graduate to pursue even
further training before an employer will make an appropriate job offer.
The number of jobs not requiring a Bachelor's Degree is increasing annually. High School students who are considering their career path, but are not sure they want to apply to a Bachelor's Degree program, may want to consider some of the professions discussed below.