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5 Killer Jobs That Don'T Need A College Degree

Americans are constantly told that they need a four-year college degree to succeed in life, to live the American dream. While there is nothing wrong with educating oneself, college just isn't for everyone. The reasons for not going could run the gamut from lack of time, not enough money, poor grades in high school, and even lack of desire.

There are plenty jobs available that don't require a college education. Community college, apprenticeships, certificate programs, and even online courses can all prepare you for a killer career without setting foot on campus.

1. Computer Programmer: At first glance, most people would assume that a computer programmer must have an IT degree, but they'd be wrong. While it may be typical, it is certainly not required. In fact, there is such a shortage of good programmers that companies are hiring anyone with expertise in a particular coding language that they need help with. Online classes are readily available on specific coding languages, like JavaScript and SQL, and can be completed in just a few weeks.

2. Pilot: Airline pilots make great money and do not necessarily have a college degree. Flight time is much more important. While flight time can be expensive, if a career that takes you up in the clouds – literally – appeals to you more than being stuck in a cubicle, then its worth every penny.

3. Massage Therapist: If you enjoy helping people more than you enjoy working in a cubicle, massage therapy may be for you. Massage therapy classes are available days, nights, and weekends so you can learn what you need to make a career change on schedule that works for you. Depending on the program you choose, you can earn a certificate in just a few months. If you wish to advance your career further, you can study aromatherapy, Reiki healing, and even accupressure. 

4. Truck Driver: Another career that side-steps the cubicle is becoming a truck driver. While not exactly the most glamorous position, being able to listen to the radio instead of a boss while enjoying ever-changing scenery has its own appeal. Truck drivers can get training to prepared for the CDL exam in just a few weeks and be 'on the road' to a new career instead of a dead-end job in no time.

5. CNA: Certified nursing assistants receive training to pass an exam as well. Each state has a mandated written test as well as a skills test that must be passed in order to receive state license. Depending on the program you choose, classes can be completed over the course of a semester or condensed into a two-week program. The choice is yours, depending on your budget and schedule. Your entry career in the healthcare field could be just a few weeks away.

If you are stuck between going to college and working a dead-end job, look into an alternative career that requires a certificate or license instead. You could have a killer career sooner than you think.