Why do you want to go to college? Before you answer, know that the cost (therefore, the debt burden) of a four year program is on the rise; conversely, the possession of a degree does not guarantee a job with a suitable salary. Don’t stress, you have good options.If you’re facing this decision and you aren’t sure which path to choose, keep two things in mind. First — and most importantly — there are many reasons to pursue an education that have nothing to do with money and power. Don’t discount these factors as you move forward. At the same time, contemplate how much these additional factors matter to you — maybe they do, perhaps they don’t. On the other hand, you may not recognize the number and depth of opportunities available to non-degree holders. Even if you only have a high school diploma (or equivalent) you have the potential to get a job with competitive pay. Without monthly debt bills to pay, you may face a faster climb to a financially stable life. Each of the positions below do not require a college degree of any kind and offers a median salary of at least $50,000 per year. (Note: All median salaries were calculated based on reportings from 2012.) While some require relevant experience or on-the-job training (or both), all are accessible without a college degree. Review the list and learn more about each position by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics.