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Careers That Surprisingly Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree

As the business world begins to evolve and new technologies emerge, many careers are becoming extremely skill-based. This means that you now have more opportunities to work in a plethora of industries without ever having to set foot into a university. Here are just a few of the many career paths available to you that do not require a bachelor's degree.

Real Estate

Becoming a real estate agent is as straightforward as completing the required training through an online course or a physical school and then passing your state board exam. The process can be completed in just a few months. Once licensed as a new agent, you will be required to work under a broker. After a while, you can even take the training and test to become a broker yourself. Real estate agents make most of their money on commissions, so the more homes you sell, the more profitable your career can be. This could be a very lucrative career choice for someone who is outgoing, ambitious and comfortable with the idea of commission-based pay.

Dental Hygienist

While the process of becoming a dental hygienist isn't as fast as becoming a real estate agent, you can still complete your studies without attending a four-year school. By simply by attending a two-year college, you should be able to complete all the necessary courses that will allow you to attain your license and begin working in the field. In fact, it’s fairly rare that anyone gets more than a two year degree for this field.


In order to become a cosmetologist, you do not need to attend a two-year school, but the courses will take a while. Typically, you can complete all the training required for a cosmetology license in a year or so. This will depend on the state you're in. Afterward, you'll have to pass both a written and a practical exam. One advantage of this career path is that you are not required to work under anyone else. Your certification will allow you to open your own salon right out of school if you choose to. There is no set salary or commission. Other than the taxes you pay, all the money you make is yours to keep.

There are many other lucrative career paths in industries such as information technology, construction and HVAC that do not require a bachelor's degree. Companies are often more interested in hands-on ability than formal education, and skilled workers are in high demand. Keep this in mind when considering which field you'll choose. In many cases, having a marketable skill outweighs having a degree.

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