15 Jobs You Can Land Without College

Not all career paths include a college campus. No college degree? Consider these jobs for which higher education isn't a prerequisite.

from CareerBuilder.com
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    1. Welder

    Mean annual wage: $35,220* Welding involves using extremely high heat to melt and fuse pieces of metal together permanently. About two-thirds of welding jobs are in manufacturing industries. Many employers report difficulty filling positions requiring knowledge of the latest technologies.

    2. Hairdresser

    Mean annual wage: $26,510 Opportunities in this field are expected to grow faster than average as aging baby boomers seek coloring treatments and other advanced services. Many stylists enjoy flexible hours, and more than 40 percent are self-employed.

    3. Animal Caretaker

    Mean annual wage: $22,070 Bathing, grooming, feeding and exercising animals are among the tasks of workers employed by kennels, pet stores, shelters, zoos and individual households. Job prospects are promising, as the companion pet population is expected to continue growing.

    4. Tree Faller

    Mean annual wage: $38,660 A physically-demanding occupation, fallers cut down trees using chain saws or mobile felling machines. They use knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control the direction of its fall and minimize tree damage. Fallers train on the job through logging companies and trade associations, with safety instruction being a top concern.

    5. Security Guard

    Mean annual wage: $26,870 Concerns about crime, vandalism and terrorism continue to increase the need for guards. Most states require licensure that involves a background check and some classroom training, with more stringent requirements for armed guards. Duties may include using monitoring equipment, checking identification and searching vehicles.

    6. Tile and Marble Setter

    Mean annual wage: $41,830 Setters apply tile and marble to floors, walls, ceilings, countertops and patios. Trainees progress from carrying materials to cutting tile and applying grout. Most salaried setters are employed by contractors working on nonresidential projects, while most self-employed setters work on residential projects.

    7. Pest Control Worker

    Mean annual wage: $32,480 Both residences and businesses rely on exterminators to rid structures of bugs, rodents and other pests. Through a combination of study and on-the-job training, pest control workers learn how to set traps, safely use pesticides and identify points of entry. Jobs are more plentiful in warmer climates and larger cities due to the greater number of pests in these areas.

    8. School Bus Driver

    Mean annual wage: $28,660 All bus drivers must obtain a commercial driver's license with proper endorsements, which requires a skills test of operating a bus safely and a knowledge test on rules and regulations. A clean record is important, and liking children is helpful.

    9. Groundskeeper

    Mean annual wage: $25,430 Groundskeepers perform a variety of tasks, including sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking and sprinkler installing. They are employed by landscaping firms, educational institutions and local governments. The field is expected to grow as aging homeowners need help maintaining their yards.

    10. Telecommunications Line Installer

    Mean annual wage: $50,080 Employed by construction contractors, utilities and telecommunications companies, installers put in new cable to provide telephone, television and Internet connections to businesses and residences. Much of the work takes place outside and can involve heights and confined spaces. Formal apprenticeships are common.

    11. Customer Service

    Mean annual wage: $32,780 Nearly every business and industry needs representatives to help with customer inquiries. Reps may provide information online, by phone or in person. Training focuses on the company and its products, the most commonly-asked questions, system operation and communication skills. Bilingual reps are particularly in demand.

    12. Coin, Vending and Amusement Machine Service

    Mean annual wage: $31,950 Servicers install, maintain, stock and repair slot machines, food and beverage machines, jukeboxes, arcade games and other similar machines. Not surprisingly, the metropolitan area with the highest employment level in this occupation is Las Vegas.

    13. Locksmith

    Mean annual wage: $37,550 Locksmiths install and repair locks and other devices to safeguard homes, businesses and property. They also make duplicate keys, generate new keys to replace lost ones and respond to emergency calls to open doors that have been locked accidentally.

    14. Bartender

    Mean annual wage: $21,310 Besides filling drink orders, bartenders check the identification of customers and maintain inventory of bar supplies. With tips being a substantial part of earnings, good people skills are a plus.

    15. Plumber

    Mean annual wage: $50,360 One of the largest and highest paid construction occupations, plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal and drainage systems in residential and commercial buildings. Plumbers also install bathtubs, showers, sinks, toilets, dishwashers, waste disposers and water heaters. Licensure typically requires two to five years of experience and passing a test covering the trade and local codes. Also from AOL Jobs Hot Jobs for Skilled Workers The Future of Trade Jobs in America How You Can Help – Today Learn More About Jobs Week

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    • http://Youtube.com/ID267 REALZ ♠️#DESTRUCTOR

      Lol These are terrible, i’ve seen far better options than this and yes you do need a certificate for most of them.

    • starjuice

      UH……You DO have to have a college education for some of these. whats up with that? Was this OP born in 1922?? Try cutting and styling hair without a college licence. You may can with your family and friends but how many law suits have you seen on judge shows and ive even seen once case in court i witnessed and guess who won> YUP> the client!!

    • Lynn Kurczewski

      I want to know where you can live comfortably on these incomes? Most of these careers pay under $40,000 a year, where I live that will barely let you scrape by!

    • http://twitter.com/mamafox mamafox

      You may not need a college degree, but several of those jobs do require post-high school education. Good luck getting licensed to cut hair without an education.

    • Run

      Really?? Theres alot more better jobs that you can get without College. this slideshow is a joke