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10 Great Careers That Don’t Require a College Degree

October 5, 2022

We’ve always been told that the best way to get a great job is to go to college.  

But for a variety of reasons, going to college might not be the right choice for someone.  

Unfortunately, college degrees are very expensive. Tuition fees plus interest on loans has created more than $1.7 trillion in estimated total student debt. 

Degrees also don’t guarantee a great career. Many of the most-pursued college degrees are in fields with fewer jobs than new graduates, resulting in highly competitive job markets and underemployment. 

College also means learning in a classroom through textbooks and lectures, which isn’t the best fit for every student. Many students learn best when they get to participate in more hands-on activities and demonstrations.  

The good news is that needing a degree to get a good job is a bit of an exaggeration. While some popular careers do require a bachelor’s, master’s or even doctorate degree, there are many exciting and desirable careers that don’t require a university diploma. In fact, seven out of every 10 jobs actually don’t require a degree!  

Here are 10 great career options that don’t need a college degree. 

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Branch has total revenues of over $500 million and a workforce of more than 1,000 employee-owners. Through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Branch ensures every employee has a vested interest in its success. Visit or to learn more.