No Degree Required: Top jobs for workers with a high school diploma or GED


You’ve searched “jobs hiring near me” on Google and scanned job sites like Indeed, but there’s always the same problem – a college degree. You’re more than qualified for the job. You could probably even teach them a thing or two but fail to make it through the dreaded online screening process because you don’t meet the minimum education requirement. Worse still, you don’t even have the opportunity to “sell yourself” to a real person before receiving that awful form email letting you know that your skills don’t appear to be a match for the position (sigh).

Sound familiar? Yeah, we’ve been there, too, but don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities for non-college graduates. You just need to know where to look. That’s why we’ve included CareerBuilder’s top 20 jobs for workers with a high school diploma or GED:

  1. Electrical power line installers and repairers install, maintain or repair the power lines that move electricity. They identify defective devices, voltage regulators, transformers and switches.
  2. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers use reinforcing steel (rebar), cables and rods to support concrete components of buildings, bridges, roads and other structures.
  3. Millwrights install, maintain and disassemble industrial machines. They perform repairs that include replacing worn or defective parts of machines.
  4. Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment.
  5. Mechanical insulation workers apply insulation to equipment, pipes or duct work in businesses, factories and many other types of buildings.
  6. Wellhead pumpers tend, control or operate power-driven, stationary or portable pumps and manifold systems to transfer gases, oil, other liquids, slurries or powdered materials to and from various vessels and processes.
  7. Community health workers discuss health concerns with community members, educate people about the importance and availability of healthcare services, such as cancer screenings.
  8. Dispensing opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.
  9. Bicycle repairers repair and service bicycles.
  10. Physical therapist aides clean treatment areas and set up therapy equipment, wash linens, help patients move to or from a therapy area and do clerical tasks.
  11. Residential advisors coordinate activities in resident facilities in secondary and college dormitories, group homes or similar establishments, and order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs and furnishings.
  12. Ambulance drivers & attendants (except emergency medical technicians) drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured or convalescent persons.
  13. Restaurant cooks prepare a wide selection of dishes and cook most orders individually. Some restaurant cooks may order supplies, set menu prices and plan the daily menu.
  14. Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience.
  15. Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel or other types of establishments with accommodations.
  16. Property, real estate and community association managers take care of the many aspects of residential, commercial or industrial properties. They make sure the property is well maintained, has a nice appearance, operates smoothly and preserves its resale value.
  17. Social and human services assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation and social work.
  18. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.
  19. Orderlies assist patients with moving about the facility, clean equipment and facilities, change linens and stock supplies.
  20. Insurance sales agents contact potential customers and sell one or more types of insurance. Insurance sales agents explain various insurance policies and help clients choose plans that suit them.

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*Job descriptions according to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.


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