When applying for a job, many assume that a college degree provides a distinct advantage. And while this may be the case for some positions, there are opportunities that don’t require a college degree at all. In fact, there are over 2,000 jobs on Idealist right now that don’t require anything beyond high-school education, and they’re located all across the country.
- Job seekers with senior management experience should check out this Membership Director position with the Social Venture Network in San Francisco. If you don’t have as much experience but still love working with people, take a look at the Job Coordinator position with Bay Area Video Coalition.
- Stay on the West Coast and help other people find work as an Employment Coordinator in Hillsboro, Oregon, or put your car to use and travel across the state as a Field Organizer with Oregon United for Marriage.
- If you feel strongly about protecting our natural resources and heritage, join up as an Organizer with the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign in Montana or Wyoming.
- Work on creating a strategic partnership between unions and community organizations in Denver as a Policy Analyst with FRESC, or move south to design programs to help kids get active with Playworks in Albuquerque.
- With just a year or two of experience working in an office, you can apply to work with the Nature Conservancy in Minneapolis or help out individuals with Down Syndrome in Illinois.
- If you have event planning experience and consider yourself a people-person, head to New Orleans and apply for the job with the best title on the site: Community Hustler.
- Fight hunger and soak up the sun at the same time with the Star of the Sea Foundation in Key West, or put those courses at Codecademy to use as the Digital Director for Better Georgia.
- As usual, New York City has a wide selection of jobs available. Become an ELA Specialist in the Bronx, work with kids one-on-one in Queens, or unleash your inner Federer in Brooklyn.
So don’t worry if you don’t have a college degree; there are plenty of jobs that prefer work experience and technical skills. Get out there and show them what you’ve got!