Careers You Can Get without a College Degree

There are alternative options to a 4-year degree!

Going to college isn’t desirable or convenient for everyone. Many people choose alternate routes for schooling or job opportunities. Some people want to get out into the workplace quicker and don’t want to spend the time and money on a four-year degree. Others may want a more career-focused education.

Nowadays, there are many options for a post-high school education and career-focused training. Did you know there are many jobs you may be able to get without a 4-year diploma? You could enter a short career training program that could take you one to two years to complete. Options include career and trade schools that specialize in a range of different vocational subjects. Let’s take a look at some of them below:

Examples of up to two-year degree programs:

Medical Assisting: Medical assistants may provide a combination of clinical, administrative, or clerical assistance in a medical office. Clinical medical assistants check and record vital signs, administer EKGs, prepare and assist patients during exams, and help to manage patient records and schedule patient appointments. At some vocational schools, you can find a medical assisting program that is 1 year, while others offer a full 2-year degree program.

Medical Office Administration: Medical office administrators are responsible for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of patient records and billing information. If you enjoy the healthcare field, but prefer to work more independently, this career may be a good option.

Dental Hygiene: Dental hygienists clean and examine people’s teeth and perform other preventative routines for patients. If you visit a dentist office, a dental hygienist may assess your dental health or take x-rays of your teeth.

Graphic design & animation: In this training program, you can develop your artistic skills by learning how to design, color, and create visual concepts that appeal, inspire, and inform consumers. Your job would be to use software to create technical drawings and marketing concepts for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Surgical Technician: Surgical technicians assist surgeons during surgeries and medical procedures. They help prepare the surgery room and patients. They are essential for providing and maintaining a sterile environment.

Examples of programs 1 year or less:

Computer Networking Management: If you like working with computers, then a training program can help you become skilled in installation, preventative networking, network administration, security, and trouble-shooting. You don’t need any computer experience to enroll in a program at Branford Hall.

HVAC/R Technician: A fast-paced and crucial career path, HVAC/R technicians install electrical wiring and controls, replace or repair technical systems, and help inspect and maintain both residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration systems. This career is rapidly evolving to address environmental issues and impacts, so now may be a particularly interesting time to enroll in this training program.

Medical Assistant: One-year medical assistant programs give students the opportunity to develop clinical skills they need to work in a medical office or hospital. They can learn how to take vital signs, dress wounds, draw blood, and administer EKGs tests. Sometimes, this program may also be completed as an associate’s degree, which may offer additional job opportunities.

Medical Billing and Coding/Health Claims Specialist: Medical billers and coders process health insurance claims. They help the healthcare industry run smoothly by helping to make sure patients are billed the correct amount so healthcare providers and insurance companies may be paid for their services. They may work in medical offices in hospitals, insurance companies, nursing homes, or dental practices.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapists are trained in a variety of massage techniques, from Swedish massage to Thai massage, to manipulate the muscles and tissues in different parts of the body.  Masseuses can help improve body movement, circulation, and relieve pain. They may work in spas, hotels, medical clinics, or private massage practices. Sometimes they travel to client homes.

Culinary Arts: With this training, you could work as a service worker, baker, sous chef, head chef, or within restaurant management. A training program prepares students on how to cook food, various international cuisines, proper sanitation and infection control, and business management.

Dental Assistant: Dental assistants are crucial to the function of a dental office. They help dentists and hygienists provide patient care, administrative tasks like billing, and sterilizing dental equipment. They may also take dental x-rays.

Fitness Trainer: Fitness trainers instruct clients in private or group settings to motivate and direct them in health and fitness activities like workouts, stretching, weight-lifting, and cardiovascular exercises.

Our list may give you an idea of an idea of the numerous jobs you may acquire with a 2-year degree or a career training program. When it’s time to decide on a future career, take your time when choosing. It’s important to explore the various career types, so you know which training program or educational opportunity you will like the best.


Branford Hall Career Institute features career-related articles in its weekly blog. We understand that not all students want to pursue a four-year college. That’s why we feature many educational opportunities at our career training school. Contact us at any time to get an overview of our programs or schedule a visit with us today! We hope you decide to discover the Branford Hall community!