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Friday, 16 August 2013

5 Rewarding Careers (That Don't Require Much Schooling)

Entering a university institution can spark a drive for excellence or a complete dread when expecting what’s required to complete a degree – mainly: potential loans you may need to take on. Student loans are becoming such an immense problem that many have turned away from the idea of striving for their Bachelor’s (let alone Master’s) and, instead, have begun opting for careers that require less schooling but with equally rewarding benefits and pay.

The following is a cross selection of some of those careers that do not require long lengths of schooling:

1. Massage Therapist

Massage therapy has many different styles and descriptions but at its core it’s the practice of manipulating body tissue, such as muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments, to encourage health and well-being.

If you’ve ever received a massage, then you’re on the right track to understanding the basics of this career.
Massage therapy schools offer a wide range of styles from the well-known “Swedish” massage to other types like Thai or “Lomi Lomi”. Likewise, there are many different techniques such as kneading, vibration, directed breathing, and so many more. Schooling can be completed in under a year.

Entering this field of work can see you at a median income of £25,000+.

2. Police Officer

Police officers enforce laws, collect evidence, pursue criminals, and sometimes testify in court.

No doubt you have a firm understanding of the roles held by police offers but did you know that it’s a career that doesn’t require a hefty amount of schooling? Police academies are in place to allow individuals to enter this career as long as they possess the basic requirements; such as being able to meet the physical demands.

Of course, additional education is encouraged and to reach higher levels within law enforcement sometimes requires a degree but the average requirements to join the MPS is achievable to anyone with the will and drive.

The median income for a police officer is around £37,000 a year for a sergeant.

3. Registered Nurse

Registered nurses provide a range of duties including:
·  Recording patient information
·  Giving patient medicines
·  Observe and record patients
·  Teach patients about their injuries or ailments
·  Monitor medical equipment

Becoming a registered nurse has a base requirement of an associate’s degree though higher levels of opportunities into specific areas of nursing, such as cardiovascular, genetics, rehabilitation, and others, require additional work experience and training.

Demand for registered nurses have continued to climb, dramatically, as our older generation has begun to make the move into retirement which means this job outlook is looking very lucrative to those that cannot commit (or afford) to take on crippling student loans.

Those seeking to become a registered nurse can expect a median income of £30,000+ a year.

4. Computer Support Specialist

Computers are all around us but despite our regular access it’s very common to find a great deal of individuals that do not have a clue about how to fix their computer (or systems) when it’s on the fritz; that’s where computer support specialists come in.

Computer support specialists do not require a degree (though some college experience is encouraged); there are many training courses online and at traditional institutes that allow you to streamline your entry to the career through technical training and hands-on experience.

Duties include such items as:
·  Troubleshooting network connections
·  Performing regular maintenance
·  Repairing devices

The role will take you in many different directions depending on your work environment and specialty but you can expect a median income to be an attractive £46,000+ a year (and growing).

5. Estate Agent

Most people train on the job or in-house to become an estate agent, however, obtaining some qualification or certification, such as the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), can give you a leg up against competition when applying for positions.

The career can go into many different branches such as becoming an agent, broker, or even taking an entrepreneurial role and starting your own office. The role, in general, will be very fulfilling and rewarding if you’re the type that wants to set your own hours and be your own boss.

The average median income for a property agent or broker is around £35,000+ a year.

In all, you can see that not all rewarding careers require you to make a heavy commitment to schooling. Explore the various options and measure the value of one of the careers listed in this post versus the time committed to others.

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