School not your thing? Good news: You don’t have to go to college to get a decent job.
In fact, if you’d rather not gain the freshman 15, there are other avenues to take — ones that won’t saddle you with oodles of student debt.
CareerBuilder included three such avenues in its report on the “hottest jobs for 2017.” All the jobs pay well, have grown faster than the overall labor market over the past four years, and have a “critical mass” of jobs.
Most of them, however, required a LOT of school. So I pulled out three that didn’t, and have highlighted them below.
3 Good Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree
In the “skill trades” occupation category, CareerBuilder offered three titles as examples: electrician, plumber and HVAC technician.
Before you click away because these jobs aren’t your idea of glamorous, take a look at the average hourly earnings: $21.38, according to CareerBuilder.
Even better, these careers are growing: More than a million new jobs have been created over the past four years.
And the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) backs it up. Here’s what it has to say about…
Electricians: median salary of $24.94 per hour, or $51,880 per year, and an expected growth rate of 14% over the next eight years.
Plumbers: median salary of $24.34 per hour, or $50,620 per year, and an expected growth rate of 12% over the next eight years.
HVAC Technicians: median salary of $21.69 per hour, or $45,110 per year, and an expected growth rate of 14% over the next eight years.
Rather than sitting in a classroom, these careers usually require you to get on-the-job training through a multi-year (paid!) apprenticeship.
So if you’re looking to start or change your career, remember college isn’t the only answer.
Sometimes, learning a skill — rather than taking some statistics course you’ll probably never use again — might be the smarter choice.
Your Turn: Have you ever considered learning a skilled trade?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.