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In-Demand Careers That Don’t Require a College Degree

There are many jobs that offer a good salary and benefits but require no college degree. This can be good news for people who want to make a good living but who don’t have the resources to go to college. They need consistent work that pays well and that they can do for a long time. While college degrees were once considered the only path to success, more and more people are realizing that there are jobs in the trades and other industries that don’t require a 4-year degree. Here are some that are the most in-demand.

Construction Workers

Working construction is something that will always be in demand. Construction workers can do a variety of tasks, from carpentry and plumbing to electrical work and roofing. Construction workers often work outdoors with other people, so it’s important to have good social skills when interacting with your coworkers on the job site. People of a variety of ages and backgrounds all work in construction.

Construction workers can learn many things on-the-job by working alongside experienced employees, but some companies do offer apprenticeships where they’ll pay your salary while training you as an apprentice in order to become certified construction workers. Many people often start out doing small tasks like cleaning up job sites until they start learning more skilled jobs as they progress.

It’s also worth checking out what kind of benefits are available because many companies offer health insurance along with paid vacations off so that employees can take time off when they need it the most.

Electricians

Electricians are also in high demand. They’re needed to install and maintain electrical systems, including power generation, transmission, and distribution. Electricians need to be licensed to work in their field. The job also involves a lot of physical strength and using your hands—you have to hold tools and climb ladders with them. While you don’t need a college education, most electricians go through years of apprenticeship with someone who is licensed and can train them. When they are ready, they go through testing to prove that they are qualified. After that, they get licensed and can operate independently.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

The good news for prospective plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is that there’s a lot of demand for these skilled workers in the construction industry. These types of roles are in demand not only for residential buildings but in many other industries as well. The oil and gas industry uses these skills, and this area can be one of the most lucrative places to put your skills to use.

You’ll typically need at least some formal education or vocational training before getting your first job as a journeyman plumber or other related occupation like gas fitters. But this vocational training is not the same as getting a college degree and takes much less time to achieve.

Attic Insulation Installers

You may also find work as an attic insulation installer. If you simply search for attic insulation installation near me, you’ll find that it’s not a heavily saturated industry. Plenty of workers are needed, but there isn’t a ton out there. Because of this, you’ll find that you can learn the trade and then start your own business relatively easily. This helps you set your own hours and be your own boss while charging a premium for your services.

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Getting a great job helps people provide for their needs now and in the future. If you want to get a job that’s in demand and doesn’t require a college degree, consider becoming a solar photovoltaic installer. In this role, you’ll install, maintain and repair solar panels. This is an industry that has been growing rapidly over the last decade or so, and it’s likely to continue growing as more people realize how affordable solar energy can be. A career as a solar photovoltaic installer could also appeal to people who are interested in renewable energy sources or who like working outside on nice days.

Conclusion

Finding the right career can be hard. Sometimes you’re in a season of life when you need something that pays well that you can get started doing without going to 4-8 years of college. While college is great for some careers, it’s not needed for others. Construction workers will always be needed whether it’s to build new houses or repair older ones. Finding a career that you enjoy doing and that pays well is important whether you choose a college path, an apprenticeship, or some other route. 

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