Jobs Without a Degree
The following careers don't require that you have a bachelor's degree but you must have either an associate degree or some training beyond high school. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts that most of these careers will grow at least as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians install, test, repair, set up, and operate the electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio and television programs, cable programs, and motion pictures. The best way to prepare for a broadcast technician job or sound engineering technician job is to obtain technical school, community college, or college training in broadcast technology or in engineering or electronics. The employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016.
Desktop publishers use computer software to format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce publication-ready material. Those who want to work as desktop publishers can take classes or complete certificate programs at vocational schools, universities, and colleges, or on the Internet. The average nondegree certification training program takes approximately one year. Some desktop publishers train on the job to develop the necessary skills.
Employment of desktop publishers is not expected to grow through 2016, but there will be jobs available. More About Desktop Publishers
Dental assistants provide different types of patient care, office duties, and laboratory duties. While many dental assistants learn their skills on the job, many help wanted ads indicate that some formal training is required. Aspiring dental assistants can receive this training from dental-assisting programs offered by community and junior colleges, trade schools, technical institutes, or the Armed Forces. Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016.
Flight attendants, in addition to fulfilling their primary responsibility of ensuring that safety regulations on airplanes are followed, try to make flights comfortable and enjoyable for passengers. At a minimum, flight attendants must have high school diplomas. Airlines prefer applicants with a few years of college, particularly those who have taken flight attendant training courses or courses in people-oriented disciplines, e.g. psychology and education. Most airlines have formal training programs.
Employment of flight attendants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016, but competition will be keen. More About Flight Attendants
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Occupational Therapist Assistants help clients with activities and exercises specified in a treatment plan developed with an occupational therapist. OT Assistants are required to have an associate degree or a certificate from an accredited community college or technical school. Employment of occupational therapist assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. More About Occupational Therapist Assistants
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical therapist assistants perform a variety of tasks under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. To work as a physical therapist assistant in most states one must complete an accredited physical therapist assistant program where he or she earns an associates degree. They are required to have certification in CPR and other first aid, and clinical experience. Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average through 2016.