If you are looking to switch careers but don’t want to invest in the 4 years (and student loan debt that comes along with it) it takes to get a Bachelor’s degree, you are in luck because there are many professional fields that don’t require getting your Bachelor’s that have decent annual salaries and job growth potential. Here are 4 careers to look into that don’t require a 4-year degree.
Medical Records Technician
The truth is that any career dealing with health care has exploded over the past decade because of the baby boomer generation aging. Just looking through the employment section in your local paper or searching for jobs online will show you that there is a need for medical records technicians. Medical records technicians manage and organize patient’s various data and insurance information. If you are detail oriented and pay close attention to detail this career may be for you. This career requires certification and can require an Associate’s degree too.
If you enjoy working in an office setting, you may want to look into a career as an administrative assistant. Administrative assistants provide clerical and other services associated with office tasks for almost any professional field. Usually being an administrative assistant doesn’t require any higher education, though it does require in most cases proficient computer skills.
One of the potentially higher paying careers that doesn’t require a Bachelor’s degree is claims adjusters. Claims adjusters are hired by insurance companies to investigate claims like property damage and report their findings. Many companies prefer a 4-year degree of some kind, but it’s not a requirement in most cases. Usually claims adjusters have to go through a certification process but the median salary for a claims adjuster is over $42,000.00.
If you don’t mind getting up close and personal with people and their teeth, a career as a dental hygienist may be for you. We all know what dental hygienists do. They are the ones who clean our teeth while we are in the chair at our dentist’s office. Becoming a dental hygienist requires an Associate’s degree and license. The median salary for dental hygienists was over $72,000.00 in May of 2015.
Higher education is great, but unfortunately having a Bachelor’s degree is no guarantee anymore that you will find a job. Many college grads find themselves with a Bachelor’s degree but little job leads and the stress of how to manage all of the student loan debt on their shoulders. Looking into one of these four careers may be right for you if getting a Bachelor’s degree isn’t in your plans.