Just because you won't attend college doesn't mean that you can't get a good job. Unsurprisingly, to get the better jobs you'll have to study a bit more, but nothing longer than two years of practical training. Generally, having job training means you'll have a steadier career and make more money.
Personally, I would recommend a local career center over a chain university like Phoenix, Everest, or Keiser. It's more individual and less expensive. In Polk County, our career centers include Traviss and Ridge. They offer evening classes and many different programs to help you find the job you want.
I listed two certifications you can have after a few weeks, and others that require two years or less time studying. I took the two years or less list from what Ridge Career Center offers, but they're generally representative of those offered at other career centers, too. Find the amount of time you're willing to study to learn more about careers you could have.
Training You Can Finish in Weeks
1. CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) Average Salary: $25,478 It's not an easy job, but if you like helping people this might be the career for you. You have to take a test to qualify, but the training for the test can be as little as 4 weeks. Here's a list of approved programs in the state of Florida. Learn more about becoming a CNA here.
2. Flight Attendant Average Salary: $56,150 Travel and get paid. If you're willing to live out of a suitcase and are good with people, a job as a flight attendant could be right for you. Take the quiz to see if you qualify here. If you do qualify and are hired, you'll have to go through a three to six week training before you start work. Learn more here.
Two Years or Less
Architecture and Construction
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology
Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
Business Management and Administration
*Medical Administrative Specialist
Education and Training
Health Science Education
*Nursing Assistant (Long-Term Care)
Patient Care Technician
Hospitality and Tourism
Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts
Information Technology Education
Network Support Services
Law, Public Safety and Service
Fire Fighter II
Fire Inspector I
Fire Investigator I
Applied Welding Technologies
Precision Metal Fabrication
Marketing Sales and Services
Customer Service Representative
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Automotive Service Technology
Commercial Class "B" Driving
Commercial Vehicle Driving
Medium Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician
School Bus Driver Training
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