11 Career Option that don’t require a College Degree.

Times have been changing, evolution taking its course, people shifting from theoretical aspect of life to the practical realm, chasing their dreams and doing what they want to do instead of what they should do. That’s exactly where the concept of having a degree to suffice in this world is no more a necessity.College dropouts have set examples in front of us showing why a paper doesn’t matter but the practical approach to bridge the gap between what’s needed and what’s available does. Not only does it help you out of the rigorous pressure of going through the 3-4 years of the curriculum but also provides for a head start ahead of your peers.

Let us try to list a few.

  1. Ethical Hacker

All you need is just an interest in computer operations and a free mind to be an ethical hacker! Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification is provided by many institutes which offer courses on the same which can be pursued right after completing your 10th examinations. To make it more lucrative, salary ranges anywhere between 1.5 lakhs to 20+lakhs!

Qualification needed: 10th Pass.
Opportunities: 1.5 – 20+ Lakhs.


  1. Photographer

How about me telling you that you could make a living out of your passion for photography? Apparently, all you need to do is, get a diploma/certificate course in photography right after completing high school. Try beginning by being a supporting staff or a freelance photographer. Honestly speaking it does take time to be a high-paid photographer, but then the starting salary is not bad enough at an average of  3 lakhs.

Qualification needed: 10 +2 Pass.
Opportunities: Avg. 3 Lakhs.  Camera-on-Ground

  1. Politician

All you need is 25 years of age, the Indian citizenship and some Chai( don’t start hating me for this already :P) to be a politician in India. No minimum educational qualification has been provided yet, although we hear talks regarding this topic happening all the time. Want to be the change you want to see? Well here’s your chance. The salaries range from 1lakh to 12LPA plus other allowances(this is where the real fun lies).

Qualification needed: NIL.
Opportunities: 1 – 12 Lakhs.

4. Writer
Aah, so here we are talking about being me, Sweet!  To become a writer, the only criterion is that you need to write. And when I say write, I mean a whole lot of writing! There is no mandatory educational qualification per se but clearing your 10+2 is advisable. Ergo, keep reading & writing if you aspire to be read someday. The average starting salaries are 2.4LPA, which increases as and when your quality of writing improves.

Qualification needed: Formal/informal training after 10+2.
Opportunities: Average starting salaries are 2.4LPA.


  1. Modelling/Acting

This is most lucrative career choice of all and revolves around confidence, appearances and how you carry yourself. If you think you have the mettle to pull it off, join a diploma course in modeling/acting and make a career out of it. The pay-scale varies according to the quality of your work and connections you make.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies.


  1. Personal Trainer

There’s a rising demand for personal fitness trainers in India with the rising health consciousness among the masses. Hence, it can prove to be a great career choice. Having passed your 10+2 examinations is a plus, after which a 3-15 month course depending on your preferences is what’s needed. Even if you start at 10k per month, it can go up to 1 lakh per month!

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: 10k – 1lakh Per month.


  1. Professional Blogger/ YouTuber 

No minimum educational qualification required. You can earn through AdSense, Sponsored Videos, and Affiliate Marketing.

This is supposed to be one of the most interesting career options that one can venture into. The Blog/Channel can be about just anything which interests you ( which should attract viewers). There is no age bar or educational requirement. You can earn through AdSense, Sponsored Videos, and Affiliate Marketing. The only word of caution is that make sure that you come up with interesting content often.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies (Can earn through  AdSense, Sponsored Videos and Affiliate Marketing.)


  1. Dance Instructor

It is considered ideal to train for someone who is highly proficient in the art to improve your skill-set and to lay a strong foundation. Academies all over India offer courses in dancing, where the minimum qualification needed is 10+2. Once done with the course, you can intern under someone and thereafter go on to open your own academy.

Qualification needed: Initial training is needed.
Opportunities: Varies (Pay increases over time.)

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  1. Graphic Designer/ Web Developer/ Designer

After completing your 10+2 you can pursue a career in graphic designing/ Web Designer, enrolling in a 1 or 2-year diploma course. As experience strongly matters in this field, if you have an insight on how things are done and what’s the need of the hour, it enables you a head-start. Creativity is a very important factor for a career in design. A fresher in graphic designing can earn more than 2.5LPA

Qualification needed: Diploma courses after 10+2
Opportunities: Average beginning salary is 2.5+ LPA.


  1. Make-up artists

Educational qualification is not a mandate to be a make-up artist. Although, there are institutes offering diploma/certificate courses for the same. The integral skills required are Creativity, patience and an eye for detail. Even for a newbie, the pay starts from 15k per month which can go up to 15k per day in the film industry!

Qualification needed: NIL.
Opportunities: Ranges according to your skill set (15k a month to even 15k a day.)


  1. Radio/Video Jockey

Honestly, a high school certificate is sufficient enough to pursue a career in this field. All you require is an ability to entertain the audience, being witty and quick at thinking on your feet is a bonus. The starting salary is low but it increases with experience.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies .

2278634289_cb533529e7_bAnd hence in today’s world, it’s really not necessary to participate in the rat race and pursue what everyone else is. You can give your career a different turn by following your passion and engaging in something you really want to do