Best Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

These days, there’s an unspoken expectation that everyone should graduate from high school and attend college before starting a career. However, not everyone wants (or is able) to go to a four-year university. Despite the social pressure that says a college degree is the only way to have a good career, there are dozens of great jobs that don’t require one. Below are just a few of the lucrative careers you can get into without dropping thousands on a college degree.

Medical Coding and Billing

Medical coding and billing is one of today’s fastest-growing fields. With patient workloads increasing as the baby boomer generation continues to age, doctors and nurses are finding it more and more difficult to manage the everyday tasks of billing and coding without having to perform extra duties themselves.

As a result of the demand for dedicated billing staff, a career in medical coding and billing has a great deal of job security. Plus, this is a great option for those looking to perform outsourced work remotely.

Pharmacy Technician

A great option for those interested in helping people directly without having to understand the chemistry that a full pharmacist needs to understand, pharmacy technicians are also in great demand. Perform daily tasks like transcribing prescriptions into digital systems, properly counting and dispensing medication, dealing with insurance companies, working closely with a pharmacist, and more.


If you’re looking for a career that allows you to kick back a little, socialize, and have a good time at work, you might be a great fit for a career as a bartender. By training in proper mixology techniques and becoming familiar with a wide variety of popular traditional and contemporary drinks, you’ll be ready to make good money at any number of establishments.

Bartending is a great option for those who are outgoing, love to entertain, and feel most comfortable working in a fast-paced, lively environment. In addition to its social benefits and relative freedom compared to more “professional” careers, many bartenders enjoy the immediate cash provided by customer tips.

Home Health Aide

For a more personal, intimate career in the field of caregiving, consider becoming a home health aide. Home health aides (or HHAs) provide in-home assistance to disabled, cognitively impaired, chronically ill, or elderly individuals who require help with everyday tasks.

The work of a home health aide is similar to that of a nurse, though there are legal limitations to what an aide is allowed to do (some states allow the provision of notification or the checking of vitals when directed by a healthcare provider).1

Professional Classes from ABC Training Center

If you’re interested in getting into one of these non-degree careers, start training for the job you want with ABC Training Center. We offer affordable mixology classes, home health aide training, pharmacy technician certification, and medical billing and coding classes in NYC.

To learn more about how we can help you start your new career, contact us today at (718) 618-5589.


  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-aides.htm