What are some good jobs that don't require college education?

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#1 Posted by SolidSnake2011- (584 posts) -

I'm 24 yrs old and I've given up on college a couple years ago. When I was in college I would procrastinate a lot, get bad grades, put very little effort, etc. I just can't get enough motivation to do well and it's like this ever since I was a kid. Almost everything was hard for me especially math. Right now I work at a grocery store that is paying me $9.30 per hour and I'm ready to move onto a new/better job. To be honest I haven't even been researching good jobs without college education, I just wanted to see what your opinions were before looking into it. I live in northern california btw.

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#2 Posted by kingkong0124 (8329 posts) -

Small business owner

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#3 Posted by Shmiity (6009 posts) -

Being a rock star has its benefits.

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#4 Posted by sSubZerOo (46897 posts) -
... Get into your meat department.. Train to become a butcher.. You can make upwards to 45k or more a year easy if your a trained meat cutter..
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#5 Posted by VanHelsingBoA64 (5455 posts) -
Contract killer
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#6 Posted by SolidSnake2011- (584 posts) -

... Get into your meat department.. Train to become a butcher.. You can make upwards to 45k or more a year easy if your a trained meat cutter.. sSubZerOo
The problem with that is there are like 3 people who have seniority over me and my store has only promoted people only 2 times in the past 3 yrs

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#7 Posted by sSubZerOo (46897 posts) -

[QUOTE="sSubZerOo"]... Get into your meat department.. Train to become a butcher.. You can make upwards to 45k or more a year easy if your a trained meat cutter.. SolidSnake2011-

The problem with that is there are like 3 people who have seniority over me and my store has only promoted people only 2 times in the past 3 yrs

Quite simple, find a new place to work.. Places like Whole Foods do not have seniority and they will choose the best candidate.. If you work hard enough in as little as 2 to 3 years time you can go from a entry level position to asistant manager making $23 an hour..
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#8 Posted by Perfect_Blue (28522 posts) -

Go into an apprenticeship. Either in electricity, plumbing, or heating and air condition. A lot of those dudes make hella bank.

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#9 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -
Drug lord?
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#10 Posted by THE_DRUGGIE (25057 posts) -

A small business where you do contract killing and use the corpses of targets in butchery.

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#11 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
Don't give up on college.
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#12 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

Go into an apprenticeship. Either in electricity, plumbing, or heating and air condition. A lot of those dudes make hella bank.

Aljosa23

This. Also military assuming you have a high school diploma and no criminal record.

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#13 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

Don't give up on college. ghoklebutter

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

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#14 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"]Don't give up on college. leviathan91

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

That is certainly true, but many of the suggestions in this thread require some degree of training, which helps support the overall point that in the current job market some degree of education or experience is needed to prosper.
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#15 Posted by GhettoBlastin92 (1231 posts) -
This is going to sound weird but stay with me, a chicken plant. Don't need a college or really even a HS education and in 6 months you will be making 11+ an hour, and great benefits. The downside is that it is a chicken plant lol.
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#16 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

[QUOTE="leviathan91"]

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"]Don't give up on college. Sajo7

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

That is certainly true, but many of the suggestions in this thread require some degree of training, which helps support the overall point that in the current job market some degree of education or experience is needed to prosper.

Real-world life experiences would also be beneficial. There are a lot of things you can do after high school such as public service (volunteer firefighting, getting involved in politics, etc). Also if you have the money, you can travel to other countries and perhaps learn a language. Explore a bit and expand your mind and all.

College is definitely beneficial and important to today's society but I think the problem is that most people aren't ready to immediately go to college after high school. Sometimes it's better to delay it but that doesn't mean you should do nothing.

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#17 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10696 posts) -

porn.

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#18 Posted by destinhpark (4829 posts) -

Teach yourself something. Film. Acting. Music. So many successful people nowadays are self taught. It's not impossible.

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#19 Posted by Chemistian (635 posts) -
This is going to sound weird but stay with me, a chicken plant. Don't need a college or really even a HS education and in 6 months you will be making 11+ an hour, and great benefits. The downside is that it is a chicken plant lol.GhettoBlastin92
This is roughly true of any manufacturing career. Factory work has an undeserved stigma attached to it, but the manufacturing sector actually pays nearly 30% above the median wage in the U.S service sector. Most factories offer skilled apprenticeships that allow employees to move up and earn a good living. There are catches, however. Moving up can take several years, and the apprenticeships are typically several additional years. These jobs can also be physically taxing, resulting in earlier retirement at a lower income, often because your body simply cannot hold up beyond your mid 50s. You also are likely to have a career ceiling that cannot be broken through, often even with a college degree (this can roughly be defined as management level being unavailable unless you start there.) Lastly, control of one's work hours are also largely out of the question. The biggest advantage to having a college degree is often not based on income. This is a misnomer that colleges and universities don't like to acknowledge. The primary benefit to having a college education is more often than not related to the quality of the job, not the wages.
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#20 Posted by StaciStaci (25 posts) -
There are lots of online marketing jobs. They allow you to work from home on your computer and on your own schedule. You can work pt or ft. check out :incomeondemand.net/godsend It may be right up your alley!
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#21 Posted by GhettoBlastin92 (1231 posts) -
[QUOTE="GhettoBlastin92"]This is going to sound weird but stay with me, a chicken plant. Don't need a college or really even a HS education and in 6 months you will be making 11+ an hour, and great benefits. The downside is that it is a chicken plant lol.Chemistian
This is roughly true of any manufacturing career. Factory work has an undeserved stigma attached to it, but the manufacturing sector actually pays nearly 30% above the median wage in the U.S service sector. Most factories offer skilled apprenticeships that allow employees to move up and earn a good living. There are catches, however. Moving up can take several years, and the apprenticeships are typically several additional years. These jobs can also be physically taxing, resulting in earlier retirement at a lower income, often because your body simply cannot hold up beyond your mid 50s. You also are likely to have a career ceiling that cannot be broken through, often even with a college degree (this can roughly be defined as management level being unavailable unless you start there.) Lastly, control of one's work hours are also largely out of the question. The biggest advantage to having a college degree is often not based on income. This is a misnomer that colleges and universities don't like to acknowledge. The primary benefit to having a college education is more often than not related to the quality of the job, not the wages.

True very true.
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#22 Posted by NiKva (8180 posts) -
You could be a florist.
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#23 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
Hookers in nevada can make $500 per session after the brothel takes their cut...
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#24 Posted by Slashless (9524 posts) -

Gamespot Tech Support.

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#25 Posted by johnd13 (8844 posts) -

I don' t really know how things in america work as I live in Europe but can' t you join the force (police)? Or maybe work as a security guard at a mall or museum or sth.

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#26 Posted by Dogswithguns (11320 posts) -
Factories. I have been working in factories all my life.. hardwork, good exercise, wages not the best but not all that bad... I'm looking for a new job too, just got laidoff last Friday.
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#27 Posted by Storm_Marine (12964 posts) -

learn a trade and move to Alberta.

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#28 Posted by BossPerson (9178 posts) -

Small business owner

kingkong0124
...you sort of need money for that
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#29 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

ice cream man

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#30 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

Gamespot Tech Support.

Slashless

Nah, you need a PhD for that, obviously these forums are of the highest standards, don't be silly

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#31 Posted by Mozelleple112 (6952 posts) -

Move to Norway.. we over pay uneducated people.

My grandpa brings in $120,000 a year or so as a painter, he quit school when he was like 12.

factory workers earn $25+/hour here

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#32 Posted by Suzy_Q_Kazoo (9899 posts) -

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"]Don't give up on college. leviathan91

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

Yes, but if OP can't bring himself to put forth the necessary effort to do at least okay in school, what makes him think he'd be able to at a job?
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#33 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
[QUOTE="leviathan91"]

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"]Don't give up on college. Suzy_Q_Kazoo

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

Yes, but if OP can't bring himself to put forth the necessary effort to do at least okay in school, what makes him think he'd be able to at a job?

My thoughts exactly. He's only unprepared because he isn't trying as hard as he is and should be able to.
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#34 Posted by Lord_Omikron666 (4838 posts) -

Military

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#35 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

almost every job now requires some sort of education , wheter university, college or an apprenticeships.

thats the world today, even a college degree isn't a guarantee of a good salary now, unless youre willing to go for a Master's or Doctorate degree

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#36 Posted by XenoNinja (5322 posts) -
macdonalds
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#37 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

[QUOTE="leviathan91"]

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"]Don't give up on college. Suzy_Q_Kazoo

Sometimes it's better to put it on delay.

Yes, but if OP can't bring himself to put forth the necessary effort to do at least okay in school, what makes him think he'd be able to at a job?

This is true. I'm taking a break this fall and trying to learn some languages and work out but it requires a lot of discipline. I think the TC needs to discover some things he would be interested in like volunteer firefighting (assuming he'll have the time and he'll put the effort).

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#38 Posted by BranKetra (51726 posts) -
Entrepreneurism.
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#39 Posted by LJS9502_basic (158468 posts) -
Tech school?
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#40 Posted by Optical_Order (5100 posts) -

Go into an apprenticeship. Either in electricity, plumbing, or heating and air condition. A lot of those dudes make hella bank.

Aljosa23

Yup.

Pay will be average for awhile but once you're fully qualified you can make great money.

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#41 Posted by Pittfan666 (8629 posts) -
Your lack of motivation will equate to bad paying jobs unless you can change.
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#42 Posted by harashawn (27614 posts) -

Small business owner

kingkong0124
Probably not a good idea without knowledge of how business works.
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#43 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

Paramedic's Only require State on the job training. Although their pay is pretty terrible.

Most local Police departments only require a high-school diploma, and i *think* depending on area you could start out making atleast 50k.

Again with the Public Service, but i think Firefighters don't require a degree and they get payed equally aswell as cops. The only problem is it's such a competitive feel you will likely need a degree unless you do alot of volunteering first.

Real Estate agent is another good one but you still need to take some classes to get a license. And in this market it may be a tough to make it a stable career.

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#44 Posted by SolidSnake2011- (584 posts) -

Move to Norway.. we over pay uneducated people.

My grandpa brings in $120,000 a year or so as a painter, he quit school when he was like 12.

factory workers earn $25+/hour here

Mozelleple112
I might do that. Plus you guys have the hottest girls in the world so that's a plus.
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#45 Posted by Jadian3 (25 posts) -
Now a days all kinds of jobs need education. For more information about College education visit http://allaboutedu.com/colleges
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#46 Posted by Storm_Marine (12964 posts) -

Move to Norway.. we over pay uneducated people.

My grandpa brings in $120,000 a year or so as a painter, he quit school when he was like 12.

factory workers earn $25+/hour here

Mozelleple112

Bad news is that everything costs waymore over there.

There's certain places you only move to if you've got a real career. Norway is, I think, one of them.

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#47 Posted by TonyDanzaFan (2973 posts) -
Learn to make crystal meth, sell crystal meth, DON'T SMOKE THE CRYSTAL METH = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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#48 Posted by TonyDanzaFan (2973 posts) -

[QUOTE="kingkong0124"]

Small business owner

harashawn

Probably not a good idea without knowledge of how business works.

Is that Keira Knightley in your sig? If not, who is it?

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#49 Posted by DaBrainz (7783 posts) -
CNA- You can get a Union job for $13-14/hour or a non-union job $19-20/hour. It doesn't sound very fun though.
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#50 Posted by jimkabrhel (15621 posts) -

CNA- You can get a Union job for $13-14/hour or a non-union job $19-20/hour. It doesn't sound very fun though.DaBrainz

It can be very taxing mentally since CNA's often take care of people in bad shape physically and mentally, but it is well paying, and you can use it as real world training to become a nurse at a higher level. CNA's do require certification, though.