Top Career options that don’t require a college degree

Want to build a cool and successful career without a college degree? Here are some cool career options that don’t require you to complete college.

Created On: Oct 12, 2017 15:51 IST
Modified On: Oct 25, 2017 17:40 IST
Top Career options that don’t require a college degree
Top Career options that don’t require a college degree

In today’s harsh and competitive job market, finding jobs, even for people who have completed their graduation and even master’s degree is a major challenge. The general rule of thumb when it comes to job market and hiring is that only candidates who hold at least a graduation degree are considered for the position. But, if this is true then what about those who couldn’t complete their graduation due to come personal problem or financial limitations? Does this mean that there are no good career options or opportunities for such candidates? Well, the answer to this question is ‘No’. For talented folks who are ready to do the hard work, there is no dearth of jobs in the market, irrespective of which degree you hold or not.

So, to know which career options can be good for you, keep reading continue as here we have provided the elaborated information about career-options that don’t require any specific degree.


There are plenty of opportunities for translators. The big corporate companies, communication-houses, embassies, researchers, and litterateurs pay handsome amount of the money to get the particular documents, research papers, books and speeches translated into another language. As a translator, you are supposed to translate these documents, books, research papers, and speeches into another language. To begin working as a translator, you don’t require any specific degree or course certificate but the knowledge of the language. You can start doing translation-work and earning money a good amount of money if you have a good grip over more than a language. 

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As we know, there is enough number of musicians who have made the grade in the music even without having a degree. Their passion and devotion for music have driven them to the success. This sends a clear message that the fraternity is open even to those who don’t have any academic background. To become a musician, you don’t necessarily need any degree but the practical knowledge. With basic and practical knowledge of the music, you can start your practice. Apart from these advantages, there is no age limitation for becoming a musician. Thus, it can be the best career-destination for those who have not even visited a school.  


Most of actors and actresses you see enthralling the audience with their performances on the silver screen don’t have any specific degree. They have made the grades in art and cinema with their practical knowledge and acting skills. Similarly, the male and female models you see in advertisements get succeed to grab your attention. For this, the practical knowledge they possess work for them. It’s one of most glamorous and risky profession. You can touch the highest notch of success if you get recognition. To try luck in their field, you don’t require any specific course.

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For photographers, the variety of job is available in the market. As a photographer, you can grow as wildlife, fashion, advertisement, news, science, commercial or industrial photographer. You will be paid for your pictures. Apart from this, you can get a job in newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, fashion journals, and others. To become a photographer, there is no any mandatory requirement of the degree. You can begin your career as a photographer even without completing your graduation. Therefore, photography can be best and the most suitable for a career for you if you have completed even your graduation. You will be able to take unique pictures once you start chasing great images.

Party planner

We often see the mismanagement at celebratory functions, parties, and events. Despite spending a big amount of money, the guests and hosts fail to enjoy in such event. It happens especially when people fail to draw a proper plan for the event which cost them a lot. It has created opportunities for party or event planners. An event planner draws plan for events, and execute it properly and smoothly. For this, he/she gets paid by the party. The opportunities for event planners are increasing with every passing day. To be an event planner, you don’t need any academic background.    

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Sales representative

As a sales representative, you’re responsible to pursue andconvince the customers to the purchase and improve demand of your company’s product. For this, you will have to interact with a number of people such as retailer, wholesaler, and customer. The key skill required for this job profile is communication skills and people skills along with your negotiation techniques. If you are able to sell your products to anyone, then no one can stop you from succeeding in this field and your lack of degree won’t be a bottleneck for you. Apart from this, sales representatives also get incentives, and increment if you achieve your targets. To begin the career as a salesman, you don't need any specific degree or diploma courses.     

In summation…

For success in life, especially professional life, your skills and dedication to your craft matter much more than just your college degree or formal training. There are examples of many people who have gone on to dropout of college and still are amazingly successful, be it Facebook CEO Mark Zukerburg in the US or our own RiteshAggarwal the CEO of Oyo rooms in India. So, if you want to be successful in life without college degree, start focusing upon skills and develop them well, this will make your academic background redundant when it comes to getting a job or building a career.

If you think there any other jobs or career options that do not require a college degree and can be ideal career choice for millenials, do point them out in the comments section below. For more interesting insights about career advice and job search tips, you can visit our dedicated section You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get all the corporate gyaan and latest news and updates of the job market directly in your inbox.

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