No degree? No problem! How you can still find a good job

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by Amanda Goodman

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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 6:31 PM

PHOENIX -- A lot of people bank on a four-year degree translating into a high-paying job. But in reality, you don't always need a bachelor's degree to find a great position.

"We're finding companies that are looking for specialists, not generalists, and a lot of times you can become a specialist with without a bachelor's degree," said Ryan Naylor,  the founder and president of LocalWork.com a job website.

He says a lot of companies are more interested in what you've done versus what you studied, and they're happy to compensate you well above minimum wage for it.

"They're looking for people that stand out and know exactly what they're doing, so they're willing to pay a premium for that service," Naylor said.

The kinds of specialty jobs he's talking about include computer programmers, police officers, web developers, healthcare workers and even employees in the legal field.

Naylor says computer programming is one of the hottest industries at the moment, paying upwards of $21 an hour.

"As everything is becoming more mobile and web-based, programmers are in high demand," he said.

While computer programming and some of the other jobs mentioned may not require a four-year degree, Naylor is quick to point out that some knowledge and/or training is necessary for some of these jobs.

Marice Kunz is sort of an exception to that rule.

She is currently the firm administrator at  a law firm in Phoenix. "I've gotten some awesome legal jobs," she said.

In fact, she's made a 25-year career out of it, and she's done so without the help of a college education.

"I don't have an associate's, bachelor's, any of the above," said Kunz.

What she did have was an opportunity to work in the legal field. And once she got her foot in the door, she told 3TV it was all about hard work from there.

"There are always people out there that are going to give you an opportunity," she said.

In her role as firm administrator, she now has the opportunity to return that favor. She tells 3TV she does not discount potential new employees based on their lack of a degree.

She says it's a way for her to pay her success forward.

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