Although many jobs do require a college education in order to be well paid, some jobs do offer an alternative career path featuring on-the-job training and company education courses for employees that contribute to well paying jobs and career success over time. The following seven jobs were listed with Yahoo as potential career paths for a high school graduate to follow that do not require a college degree. Although a college degree is not necessarily required in these fields of study, in some cases I do still recommend pursuing a college degree, even if for only two years, as a college degree may give the student additional education, networking, and employer relations that a job applicant without the college experience may not have.
With rising costs in college tuition, some of the follow career paths could make sense for students who want to pursue a career path without the lingering debt that accompanies years of attending college. According to Yahoo HotJobs, Some career paths that may make sense for a graduating high school senior who wants to begin a high paying career and avoid accumulating additional college expenses would include jobs as a freelance photographer, air traffic controller, personal trainer, nuclear power reactor operator, elevator mechanic, private detective or investigator, and director of security. The reason why these career paths are attainable without a college career is because these jobs are highly specialized, and the majority of the learning would be done while on the job through increasing responsibilities and training with professionals in the field.
With rising costs in college tuition and many graduating college students finding it more difficult to find entry level work in the current economy, it may make sense for some to forgo increasing their debt through additional tuition costs incurred throughout college and begin immediate training within the workforce to be able to save more money and learn a more specialized trade on the job. Do you recommend any of the previous careers for job searchers seeking a career in a field that does not require additional college education? Are there other potential career paths a person could pursue without a college degree?