Great job opportunities that don't require 4-year college degrees

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PHOENIX -- It used to be that a college degree gave you a definite leg up when it came time to get a job. That's not always the case any more and that has many people wondering if a traditional four-year college is worth the significant investment.

Theresa Maher of says college isn't right for everyone, but that's OK because there are some fantastic job opportunities that do not require a bachelors degree.

While some positions mandate an associates degree or special certification, some require only a high-school diploma or GED.

What's more, there are companies hiring for those positions right now.

Associates degree/certification

  • Phlebotomist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Pharmacy technician

"A lot of these positions are salaried," Maher said. "You can start as a tech position at an entry level and move up to a very good salary in this roles."

High-school diploma/GED

  • Satellite TV technician
  • Sales representative
  • Administrative assistant

Companies hiring now for these positions

  • Sonora Quest Laboratories (Phlebotomists)
  • Mollen Immunization Clinics (LPNs)
  • Humana (Pharmacy techs)
  • Dish Network (Satellite TV technician)
  • Crexendo (Sales)
  • Shamrock Foods (Administrative assistant)