If college is not for you there are others ways one can be successful without the traditional 4-year college. Education is critical; college is not. There are numerous careers, in healthcare, technology, operations, transportation, and the building trades; that do not require a four-year degree. And as you advance in these careers, there is nothing stopping you from pursing a college degree at a later age, which may better suit you. Below is a list of alternatives to the traditional 4-year college.

  • Learn a Trade
  • Get a Job
  • Travel
  • Attend Community College
  • Join the Military

Listed below are the top 10 jobs that do not require a college degree.

Gas plant operators- Gas plant operators process and distribute gas for utility companies.

Electrical power-line installers and repairers- Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers

 Postmasters and mail superintendents- Postmasters and mail superintendents manage and coordinate the activities of postal workers.

Transportation inspectors- work in industries such as rail transportation, air transport and urban transit systems. They inspect equipment to ensure that both people and cargo are transported safely.

Gaming managers- Gaming managers direct and oversee the gaming operations within a casino. 

Power Plant Operators- power plant operators manage the system that distribute and generate electric power over an area.

Detectives and criminal investigators- Investigate crimes of all kind

Commercial pilotfly aircraft for charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.

Plumber- tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage and drainage in plumbing systems.

 Transportation, storage and distribution managersTransportation, storage and distribution managers are responsible for much of the infrastructure that businesses rely on to ship goods domestically and internationally.

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