Associate's degree and certificate programs could be great alternatives to the four-year degree.
Do you want to start a fulfilling career, but can't invest in a bachelor's degree?
Not to worry.
Think a certificate or associate's degree program might be right for you? Check out this list of growing careers...no four-year bachelor's degree required.
Career #1 - Dental Assistant
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of dental assisting positions may grow 36 percent between 2008 and 2018!
Education: Consider a dental assistant certificate or diploma program. Some states require dental assistants to be licensed.
Average Salary: $32,380*
Career #2 - Office Manager
If you're organized and good with people, this may be the career for you. As office manager, you might be responsible for making sure day-to-day business operations go smoothly, supervising support staff and temporary workers, and more.
Education: An associate's degree in business administration can prepare you to pursue opportunities.
Average Salary: $45,790*
Career #3 - Graphic Designer
Graphic designers need to be creative, artistic, and computer-savvy. They also need to understand how people perceive and accumulate visual information as they create the look of publications, packaging, and web sites.
Education:Look into a graphic design associate's degree program.
Average Salary: $42,400*
Career #4 - Medical Assistant
As a medical assistant, you might assist doctors and nurses with all aspects of medical care, including taking vital signs and keeping office records organized. If you want a rewarding career - that doesn't require spending four years preparation - this might be a good option for you.
Education: A certificate or diploma program in medical assisting could be great place to start.
Average Salary: $28,300*
Career #4 - Paralegal
It's a good time to be performing legal research as a paralegal. According to the Department of Labor, the demand for paralegals is projected to grow 28 percent from 2008-2018.
Education: Most paralegals start out with an associate's degree in paralegal studies.
Average Salary: $46,120*
Career #5 - Medical Coder
Making sure health care providers and insurance companies can work together smoothly by assigning codes to health information is another fast-growing career.
Average Salary: $30,610*
Career #6 - Registered Nurse
This rewarding career is in-demand, versatile...and can often be pursued without a four-year degree.
Education: You can prepare for a career as a registered nurse through an associate's degree or certificate program in nursing.
Average Salary: $62,450*
Career #7 - Webmaster
These days almost everything can be done online, including shopping, event planning...and earning a degree. That makes creating and maintaining websites challenging.
Average Salary: $65,320*
*Salary for Webmaster is from Salary.com. All other salary data is from the U.S. Department of Labor.