3 Well Paying Careers That Don't Require a 4 Year Degree

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Getting the best job, even without a degree.

Let's face it - not everyone has the time, money or aptitude to get a 4 year degree. Even though many experts agree that people who have a degree have an easier time finding good jobs, that doesn't mean that without one you will be stuck working minimum wage jobs. In fact, there are many jobs that pay well that only require, at most, a two year training commitment.

Here are 5 well paying careers that don't require a bachelor's degree:

Dental Assistant - This career is growing much faster than average and offers many job perks. The flexible work hours appeal to those who have families or are raising young children. Not only that, the pay is good. To become a dental assistant, you first have to attend a dental assisting program, which typically takes about a year. Then you have to pass an exam. Another option is to take a two year associate degree program.

Dental assistants earn an average of $32,000 a year.

Surgical Tech - This job field is growing rapidly and requires training courses that range from nine months to two years, depending on if you want a certificate or an associate degree. You can find programs at community colleges and vocational schools. Surgical techs work in operating rooms helping surgeons and finishing completed procedures.

On average, surgical techs earn $38,740.

Radiological Technician - Although licensing requirements vary from state to state, most states require a certificate or a two year degree. This field is growing and these professionals handle medical procedures like taking X-rays.

The average salary for this job is $52,210.

Have you considered any of these career fields? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


By Melissa Kennedy- Melissa is a 9 year blog veteran and a freelance writer for HealthcareJobsiteBlog and Nexxt.. Along with helping others find the job of their dreams, she enjoys computer geekery, raising a teenager, supporting her local library, writing about herself in the third person and working on her next novel.


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