Top 10 Jobs That Do Not Require a 4-year Degree in 2018

Get hired at one of the top jobs of 2018. No college diploma required!

Want in on a secret? You can get a top job even if you haven’t stepped foot on a college campus. A successful career doesn’t hinge upon having a college education. In fact, college isn’t for everyone. If you are ambitious but not an academic, it’s time to look into alternative career paths that will lead to success.To help, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 top jobs that can be performed by someone who doesn’t have a college degree. We’ve ranked them based on wages and growth potential. Look at the jobs we’ve compiled and choose one for yourself!

Top 10 Jobs That Don’t Require a 4-year Degree in 2018

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Elevator Mechanic

Median Pay: $78,890 annually Predicted Growth: 12% What They Do: Can you work in cramped quarters, such as crawl spaces and machine rooms? Maybe you’re also unafraid of heights? If so, you may be a great fit for elevator repair. Elevator mechanics install, fix, and care for elevators and other types of lifts. They also perform a range of duties and tasks to maintain elevators for those who rely on them, such as the elderly and people with disabilities.To start your career in this top job, find an apprenticeship program. Such a program is the main educational requirement for elevator mechanics. Also, 35 states require workers to be licensed, so look into whether or not your state is one of them.

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Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers

Median Pay: $78,370 annually Predicted Growth: 1% What They Do: Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power. If you get into one of these top jobs, you must be okay with working long hours. Many power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers work rotating 8- or 12-hour shifts.To become a power plant operator, distributor, or dispatcher, you need a high school diploma (or equivalent). Like many of the top jobs on this list, candidates should expect extensive hands-on training.Many employers require a pre-employment background check. They also might request drug and alcohol screenings before your first day. Those candidates that are applying for positions as nuclear power reactor operators also need a license to perform that work.

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Boilermakers

Median pay: $62,060 Predicted Growth: 8% What they do: Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers and closed vats. They also perform the same array of duties for other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.But why? You see, boilers heat liquid. That heated liquid does one of two things: create electric power or heat for buildings or ships. This means that a boilermaker carries a lot of responsibility.Being a boilermaker requires physical fitness as it is physically demanding work. Boilermakers often need a high school diploma or a GED. They learn their trade through apprenticeship programs.

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Electrical Power Line Installer and Repairer

Median pay: $62,650 Predicted growth: 8% What they do: Electrical power line installers and repairers, also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems. They do the same for telecommunications cables, and this includes fiber optics.If you don’t mind a little danger, being an electrical power line installer and builder might be the role for you. Line workers often encounter serious hazards on the job. This includes working at great heights and using high-voltage electricity.You have to be flexible to work in one of these top jobs. Most line workers work full time during regular business hours. Others work irregular hours on evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays when repairs are needed.To learn the trade, most line installers and repairers take courses. These courses provide technical instruction and allow them to participate in extensive on-the-job training. Many line workers also take part in apprenticeships to learn their trade.

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Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager

Median wage: $89,190 Predicted growth: 2% What they do: Several of our top jobs are in this field, but this role is a bit different. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers plan and coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities. These activities must comply with organizational policies and state and federal laws.Entry-level employees typically only need a high school diploma or related work experience. They learn skills through on-the-job training. Managers direct operations, projects, and services, as well as supervise employees. It’s important to have good communication skills, too. Managers often have to work across departments.

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Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Median wage: $67,400 Predicted growth: 2-4% What they do: Employees in this field operate and control petroleum refining or processing units.Workers may also specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging, or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines. They also monitor process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters. Why? Workers do this to detect and report possible problems.Besides those duties, these workers also regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and tanks, operate control panels to coordinate and regulate process variables such as temperature and pressure using automated equipment. They also direct product flow rate, according to process schedules.Lastly, workers in this field communicate by telephone or radio to operate pumps, open and close valves, and check temperatures. Often, a high school diploma is all you need to break into this field.

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Transit and Railroad Police

Median wage: $66,610 Predicted growth: 2-4% What they do: Transit and railroad police officers watch transit areas. In doing so, they conduct security checks to keep passengers and workers safe. This involves apprehending people engaged in criminal activities (such as theft). After that, they prepare reports documenting their investigation into those activities.Officers also direct security and safety activities when there are derailments, fires, floods, or other incidents involving railroad property. Most workers in this top job have a high school diploma. They learn the required skills on the job.

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Chemical Plant and System Operators

Median wage: $59,920 Predicted growth: -2% What they do: The growth rate for this job isn’t as significant as others, but this job makes our list because it offers great pay and stable work. Chemical plant and systems operators watch process indicators, instruments, gauges, and meters. They do this to detect and report any possible problems.Besides watching, these workers also start pumps and open valves or use automated equipment to regulate the flow of oil in pipelines and into and out of tanks. Operators also manage the control panels that regulate process variables (such as temperature and pressure) and to direct product flow rate.Communication skills are important in this field, as operators must signal other workers by telephone or radio.

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Construction and Building Inspectors

Median wage: $58,480 Predicted growth: 10% What they do: Construction and building inspectors make sure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. They do this by inspecting worksites, sometimes as part of a team.These top jobs aren’t for the faint of heart. If you get a job in this field, you’ll have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces to complete your work. Most construction and building inspectors in this top job must have a high school diploma and some related work experience in construction trades.Most training occurs on the job. Licensing or certification is required in many states and local jurisdictions.

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Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

Median wage: $57,040 Predicted growth: 11% What they do: Employees in this top job take care of different types of properties. These properties include residential, commercial, or industrial.Managers make sure the property is well maintained. This means that they ensure that workers perform proper maintenance and landscaping. Managers also handle other details about the property to preserve its resale or leasing value. Many employers will hire you if you have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Be careful: some employers do prefer candidates with college degrees.Also, work experience in the real estate field is important. Even entry-level applicants may need knowledge and experience in this exciting industry. Some employers also seek managers who have their real estate license.

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