Jobs That Don’t Require A Degree

There are many reasons why people may not have a degree nowadays, whether it was by choice or through circumstances such as illness or other responsibilities or life events that took precedence.

It may also be that you have a degree but after studying it for three years, you realised you really don’t want to pursue a career in that field (as happened to me), or you just want to change career paths but don’t want to have to/don’t have the means to study for another degree.

I decided to come up with a list of careers that don’t necessarily require a degree, and I thought I’d share that here. Some of these may require self-study to get into, but they don’t necessarily require the formal degree qualification. I came up with 40 ideas, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below!


  1. journalist
  2. police officer
  3. support worker (care home)
  4. support worker (mental health)
  5. in-home carer
  6. teaching assistant
  7. firefighter
  8. sales executive
  9. estate agent
  10. taxi/Uber driver
  11. gardener
  12. blogger
  13. secretary/PA
  14. childminder/au-pair
  15. songwriter
  16. author
  17. ghost-writer
  18. copywriter
  19. cafe owner
  20. painter and decorator
  21. dog-walker/pet sitter
  22. salon owner
  23. reiki therapist
  24. hairdresser
  25. party planner
  26. dressmaker
  27. event promoter
  28. construction worker
  29. animal groomer
  30. private tutor
  31. musician
  32. baker
  33. tattoo artist
  34. body piercer
  35. retail manager
  36. cruise ship entertainer
  37. website designer
  38. game developer
  39. app developer
  40. prison officer

Can you think of any more ideas? Have you recently decided to change career paths? Let me know in the comments below!



One comment

  1. Hi, I’ve been both a Mental Health Support Worker & Support Worker in the Community. I think the reason I don’t have a degree, is a mixture of reasons. Partially since 2013 I’ve had to put up with chronic neck pain. Which I’ve certainly had various treatment for. Also my age to a degree, as I’m now in my early 40’s. In addition to study in New Zealand, usually requires a student loan. To cover course fees, I honestly didn’t want to be straddled with that debt. Which would be close to 20,000 at a guess. Depending which course I was to choose. Despite not having a degree, I have x2 national health certificates. Which is almost the equivalent of a Diploma, as one of them is a level 3. The other one is a level 4. In addition to this, I’ve just finished x2 weeks ago a further national certificate in small buisness. To keep my mind busy, and mostly to simply upskill. Which was a level 3. I’ve just started a short online course in understanding dementia. Course level is unknown. It’s more considered professional development, as some of it was covered in x1 previous certificate I did. Thanks, for this blog. It’s perhaps help put my concerns at ease. As to why I never sought, out to get a degree.

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