There are a massive number of students in this country who should not be attending four-year colleges and universities.
Because these students are desperately needed in well-paying jobs that require more specialized kinds of training than four-year colleges can provide. Read on, and I’ll help you to determine whether your son or daughter might be a good fit for one of these excellent careers.
Excellent careers that require technical college, not four-year college:
Air traffic controller
Aerospace engineering and operations technician
Intensive care unit nurse
Nuclear medicine technologist
Physical therapy assistant
Occupational therapy assistant
Radiologic (x-ray) technicians
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist
Diagnostic medical sonographer
Computer support specialist
Computer network support specialist
Environmental engineering technician
Electrical and electronics drafter
Electrical and electronics engineering technician
Solar panel consultant and installer
Mechanical engineering technician
Geological and petroleum technician
This is a short list; there are hundreds of additional well-paying careers that require only 2-year technical college training and not four-year degrees.
Do this to find more ideas:
Google the words “technical college” along with your zip code. Look for a google result that has “technical college” or “community and technical college” in its name. Call the one nearest you and ask the receptionist to point you to a list of careers that students can prepare for at that school.
Not sure what one of the careers is, or how much it pays? Google the name of the career along with “BLS.” You’ll get to a beautifully laid out Bureau of Labor Statistics page that provides detailed information about that career.
Warning: Avoid “for-profit” colleges while you’re doing this research. To see whether a technical college you’re exploring is a “for-profit” college, search its name on this website: CollegeData.com. Look to the right at the column that says “Type.” If the word “profit” is listed there under type, don’t consider that college. Run away and don’t look back. “For profit” colleges are trouble. You can learn more about why that is, here.
What if your child attends technical college, and then later on decides on a career that requires a four-year college degree?
That’s OK! The four-year colleges will always be there waiting.
If one of these great two-year technical college careers might be a good fit for your son or daughter, don’t let the short education time scare you off.
When it comes to well-paying jobs that require only limited college time, I’m with Joseph Audette, VP of Financial Literacy and Education at NerdWallet, who was quoted by Jenna Goudreau in Forbes as saying: “Many of the jobs that require only an associate’s degree pay more than those requiring a bachelor’s or a master’s. Why go through additional years of school and have more debt when the job isn’t going to be paying as much?”
Just imagine your daughter at age 22, with zero debt, looking back at two years of work experience where she earned over $100,000 in total and made zero payments to creditors. This could be your child, if one of these great careers is a fit for her.
To learn why “follow your passion” is terrible career advice, take a look at the inspiring Mike Rowe video I included in the post I wrote here.
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Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.