A bachelor's degree is often thought to be the key to financial success. After all, a typical college graduate earns 68% more than a worker with just a high school diploma. "Going to college has long been, since the end of World War II, the preferable path to the middle class," says Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. "Now it's not just preferable; it is very rapidly becoming the dominant pathway because the entry-level skill requirement for a lot of jobs has gone up." Insidermonkey experts made a list of 15 best careers if you don’t go to college.
Making an expensive investment in your education isn't the only way to get ahead professionally. After analyzing data for 784 occupations, we pinpointed these jobs in expanding fields that don't require a college degree. All of these jobs call for some additional training, certification or work experience to get started—and in truth having a college degree could boost your competitive advantage and earnings potential—but none requires a bachelor's to ensure career success. You can check our list of the 16 best careers if you have no education.