Careers That Don't Require GED

by Keela Helstrom

The General Education Development, or GED certificate is an alternative credential to the high school diploma. Workers without a high school diploma or a GED certificate are hired in industries including construction, production, transportation and food preparation. Although many jobs without a GED may pay lower wages than jobs that require a GED, high school diploma or college education, they still provide workers with the satisfaction of a honest day's work for an honest day's pay.

Construction

You could be a carpet installer, helper to carpenters or brick mason with training of one month or less. With job training of 12 months or less, you could become a cement mason, dry wall installer, roofer or rotary drill installer. With job training of 12 months or more, you could work as a tile and marble setter or stucco mason. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the annual salary of helpers to carpenters, painters and roofers at less than $30,000 each year while rotary drill operators are estimated to earn more than $50,000 each year.

Production

If you don't have a GED, you could become a meat and poultry trimmer, sewing machine operator or dry-cleaning worker with job training of one month or less. With job training of 12 months or less, you could become a meat packer, tailor or dressmaker, and with job training of 12 months or more you could be a baker or butcher. The BLS estimates that salaries in production without a high school diploma or a GED certificate range between $20,000 and $30,000 each year.

Transportation

Taxi drivers, sailors, parking lot attendants and ship loaders require job training of one month or less, but don't need to have a GED. Individuals that work as excavating operators, winch operators and gas station pumping attendants require job training of 12 months or less. People that work as crane operators require more than 12 months training. The BLS estimates the annual salary for taxi drivers, parking lot attendants and freight laborers as less than $30,000 each year while crane operators and mine shuttle car operators are estimated to earn more than $50,000 each year.

Food Preparation

Hosts and hostesses in restaurants and lounges don't need a GED and require no job training. Individuals work as cooks in cafeterias and fast food restaurants, bartenders, waitresses and dishwashers with training of one month or less. Restaurant cooks need job training of 12 months or less. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that individuals that work in the food preparation industry without a high school diploma or a GED earn a salary of less than $25,000 each year.

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