Let’s face it: College isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, it’s still possible to land a good job with a promising earning potential without a bachelor’s.
San Diego career coach Judy Kaplan says individuals without a four-year degree often find work, while those with four-year degrees struggle to find a job that meets their requirements. Families who value education push for a traditional college education. But in a weak economy, it’s not a guarantee of fruitful employment.
“Graduates end up having to go back to school for training in jobs with a greater demand, “ she says. She’s seen many individuals with degrees consider jobs without the requirement of a bachelor’s or equivalent.
She reminds her clients, however, that college-educated people usually earn more in their lifetimes than their non-college educated counterparts.
Career expert Laurence Shatkin of Titusville, New Jersey has been tracking this sector for updates to his book, “300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree,” (JIST Publishing), which is now in it’s fourth edition. “What we are seeing is a growth in demand for skilled workers, such as construction workers, plumbers and electricians,” he says. These and other jobs, such as in health care, are not easily outsourced.
Most jobs require some type of education, whether it’s an apprenticeship, a two-year degree or an industry certification.
Shatkin says apprenticeships offer the opportunity to complete a training course and, simultaneously, demonstrate your skills and knowledge to potential employers. It’s also a great entryway for someone who wants to change careers, and, as with a two-year degree, it’s a good way to repurpose yourself.
Shatkin said on-the-job training is a good preparation for most of the technology and health-care jobs that our economy will create in abundance.
Those looking for apprenticeships can go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website, which lists programs throughout the country.
Top 10 jobs and projected growth through 2020 (a preview from the fifth edition of “300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree.”)
1. Helpers—Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters 43.7%
2. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers 36.0%
3. Glaziers 34.7%
4. Helpers—Carpenters 32.4%
5. Brickmasons and Blockmasons 29.0%
6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 25.2%
7. Stonemasons 24.9%
8. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 24.3%
9. First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 23.6%
10. Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 23.2%
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