I know everyone in your life probably told you the opposite of what I just said, but not everyone is meant for the same path, and you know what?

That is okay. Not going to college doesn’t make someone less smart, less accomplished, less respected, or lower in any capacity. Some people might say otherwise, but what matters is what you think and feel about yourself.

There are so many respectable jobs that don’t require a college degree, and below I’ve listed 80 of them. Some of them might require a short certification program, online 1-year diploma, an associate degree, or just some additional training at a training facility.

Some of these jobs even pay salaries that equal just as much as college graduates expect to obtain after graduation. Some of these jobs even offer apprenticeships that will allow you to learn on the job while collecting a paycheck.

If you’re not sure if college is right for you, or you’re not ready to go but you want to find a stable job and build work experience, this list should give you some ideas to ponder.

Jobs That Don't Require a 4-Year Degree

  • Sales Agent
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Personal Trainer
  • Mechanic
  • Bailiff
  • Legal Secretary
  • Tour Guide
  • Secretary
  • Truck Driver
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Bank Teller
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Talent Director
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Municipal Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Police Detective
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Interior Designer
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Scribe
  • Locksmith
  • Cosmetologist
  • Electrician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Court Reporter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Bookkeeper
  • Insurance Agent
  • Embalmer
  • Artist
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Nursing Aide
  • Photographer
  • Security Guard
  • Roofer
  • Travel Agent
  • Pest Control
  • Plumber
  • Welder
  • Animal Trainer
  • Sanitation Worker
  • Flight Attendant
  • Private Detective
  • Food Service Manager
  • File Clerk
  • Jeweler
  • Landscaper
  • Insulation Worker
  • Manager
  • Dispatcher
  • Computer Programmer
  • HVAC Mechanic and Installer
  • Funeral Director
  • Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
  • Mental Health Aide
  • At-Home Aide
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Forklift Operator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Wedding Planner
  • Plebotomist
  • Content Writer
  • Resume Writer
  • Tax Preparer
  • Farmer
  • Retail Worker
  • Online TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Instructor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Community Organizer
  • Campaign Consultant
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Bartender
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Entrepreneur

That’s just a short list of some of the available opportunities, so definitely check them out. I’m sure there are several others that I’ve failed to mention, but it’s always worth weighing all of your options.

Not everyone wants to go to college, and not everyone should. Everyone, however, deserves to have a job they are proud of and that they enjoy. That dream job may just be a short training program away.