Post-secondary education is a requirement for most career paths, but not every career requires a four year degree. There are plenty of stable and well-paying jobs that only require a certification or an associate’s degree. These careers can be a great option if a four year degree isn’t something you are interested in or able to pursue.
Perform a range of tasks including record keeping, scheduling appointments, patient care and taking x-rays.
Average salary: $35,980
Provide patient care as well as medical advice and emotional support for patients. Nurses work in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics and other healthcare facilities.
Average salary: $67,490
Education: Associate’s degree
Install, maintain and repair electrical systems for homes, businesses and factories.
Average salary: $51,880
Education: Certification and apprenticeship
Install and maintain heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Average salary: $45,110
Education: Certificate or associate’s degree
Provide hair cutting, styling, manicure and other beauty services.
Average salary: $23,710