Career changes can be an overwhelming, yet a worthwhile course of action. If you have been feeling unsatisfied with your job and have already decided to change careers you may wonder which job you should transition to. The misconception is that you have to have a college degree for a well-paying job. This list provides you with jobs that does not require a bachelor’s degree. Some require a license or an associate’s degree – a degree that takes about two years to complete.

Dental Hygienist

Hygienists are the first people you see when you step into the patient room. You will use various tools to clean your patients’ teeth, including x-rays, and other necessary tools. As you will spend more time with your patient than the dentist, you will have the opportunity to get to know your clients and educate them about dental health.

Salary: $72,910 according to the national average

Education: At least an associate’s degree


Ambulance Drivers and Attendants

As an ambulance driver and attendant, you will work closely with people. This career is great if you desire to work beyond the office. You will transport sick or injured people safely to hospitals along with other tasks to assist EMTs.

Salary: $22,131 according to PayScale

Education: Requirements may vary. Check with your local community college for courses in ambulance driving and emergency medical technician duties.


Human Resources Assistant

You will assist the Human Resources department in various companies in various ways as an assistant. You will support the Human Resources department by providing aid in activities, policies, processes and procedures that revolve around the employees of the company.

Salary: $33,363 according to PayScale

Education: Expectation may vary by employer. Some require bachelor’s degree, whereas some may require an associate’s degree. Check your local community college for courses in Human Resources.


Lawyers need paralegals to help them research cases, preparing for hearings, and handling documentation. You may be asked to interview witnesses and clients. Although you are assisting attorneys, you are prohibited to from actually ‘practicing law’, such as representing a client.

Salary: $46,841 according to PayScale

Education: Associate’s Degree


Veterinary Assistant

This career is perfect for animal lovers. You will work closely with the team in a veterinary office and provide much needed support for day to day appointments. Your tasks will range from performing lab works, administering vaccinations, to clerical activities.

Salary: $24,627 according to PayScale

Education: High School diploma. Certification may be available at your local community college.


As you move forward in your career change, be patient in your search. Switching careers can be incredibly challenging as you may be comfortable with your career currently. To better understand your field of interest, research the job and hold informational interviews. For example, you can email a local law office and request an informational interview. This is a great way to hear what it’s like for someone already in the profession.


For more ideas on different fields to explore, check out The Balance Careers for an extensive list.