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Vocational Education

College is great, but it's not for everyone. While many jobs require a college degree these days, the trades are still a more than viable career choice. Learn what vocational training is required to get a job that pays well, but doesn't necessarily require a college degree.

Vocational Education Advice

  • Dream Job: Scuba Diver

    The options for being a full-time diver are limited for those who don't work as an upper-level instructor, on a cruise boat, or in the Caribbean. In those scenarios, the job isn't seasonal, and the money is decent. Frei works part-time as … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Rodeo Clown

    Rodeo clowns - who prefer to be called bullfighters - apprentice at local, small rodeos and at youth rodeo events. They may attend clown training schools, which hold training camps across the southwest and in Colorado, Montana, and Kansas - … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Fitness Instructor

    Midcareer fitness professionals earn between $60,000 and $70,000, while top trainers can earn over $200,000. Add film and TV work or a fitness video, and the numbers go much higher. Read more...

  • Dream Job: Historical Reenactor

    Costumed interpreters from the Pilgrim Village reenact day-to-day activities of real citizens of the 1627 village, which included Myles Standish and other Mayflower passengers. Improvising as she interacts with visitors, Moore stays in … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Lifeguard

    Seasonal lifeguards make anywhere from $16 to $20 an hour. Full-time lifeguards, known as permanents, make up to $27 an hour. A permanent oversees a couple of miles of beach, and other lifeguards assigned there. A captain oversees a group … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Hairstylist

    Different states have different rules governing hairdressers – some just require a one-time test to keep the license current, while others require constant renewals and health tests associated with working with the public. Massachusetts … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Funeral Director

    How does someone get a start in funeral service? A little initiative paid off for the young Skinner. "When I was 16, I saw our family funeral director in the grocery store, and I said 'hey, do you need some help?'" Skinner's first career … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Christmas Tree Farmer

    Anyone with a few acres can plant some seedlings and help them grow into a holiday essential. Each tree sells for upwards of $30 in the country, and two or three times that amount near a city; and a five-acre farm might sell 500 trees in a … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Avon "Lady"

    Customers can buy over the Internet as from any online retailer, or link their relationship to a sales representative via a special site. A rep such as Kolber-Stuart provides access to a broader range of products, advice, direct delivery, … Read more...