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Jobs that Make a Difference Without a Degree

For those without a degree, there are several different career options in the medical field, social services and more that impact people's lives. We discuss just a few of the careers that do not require a degree, but still make a difference to people.

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Career Options that Make a Difference Without a Degree

There are several career options across different fields that do not require a degree beyond high school and make a difference in people's lives. These jobs generally serve people in some way to help make their lives easier and/or better. Here we look at a few of the possible jobs that make a difference without a degree.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Childcare Workers $21,170 5%
Home Health Aides $22,600 38%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians $48,820 9%
Social and Human Service Assistants $31,810 11%
Recreation Workers $23,870 10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs that Make a Difference Without a Degree

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers make a difference in the lives of the children they care for and keep safe while their families are unavailable. This also makes a difference in the lives of the family members as they can trust childcare workers to feed, bathe, clothe and supervise their children. Childcare workers may also help older children with school work, begin teaching children necessary skills appropriate for their age and provide children with a predictable schedule. They also watch for any developmental or emotional issues in the children. Although education requirements depend on the state and/or employer, childcare workers typically do not need a formal education beyond a high school diploma, but some may have a certificate in the field.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides make a huge difference in people's lives as they care for the elderly, disabled and others with chronic medical conditions. They help their clients perform daily tasks, including getting dressed, doing household chores, getting groceries and making appointments. They also help transport their clients to the different places they need to go, and some aides are qualified to take vital signs and/or give clients their medications. They also make a difference by providing social and emotional support as they keep their clients company throughout their day. Home health aides typically have a high school diploma, and may need to pass a test and undergo formal training, depending on their employer and the state they work in.

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Occupational health and safety technicians make a difference by working to keep people safe in the workplace via collecting data about the health and safety conditions of a particular company. This involves testing equipment, collecting samples of toxic materials, evaluating health and safety programs and more. They also help to correct any hazardous conditions, and may help demonstrate the proper use of safety equipment. These technicians can earn a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, but some employers prefer to hire those with a certificate.

Social and Human Service Assistants

Social and human service assistants work in different fields, such as social work and psychology, and make a difference by providing services to their clients. They first determine their clients' needs, participate in developing a treatment plan and then help find and coordinate the services that a client needs. For example, they may help find a home health aide to help their client with daily activities, or research how and where their clients can apply for Medicaid. They may specialize in working with certain groups of people, like children and families, veterans, the disabled, the elderly, immigrants and more. These assistants need at least a high school diploma or certificate, and have some on-the-job training.

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers can make a difference in people's lives as they provide fun and engaging ways for people to interact and stay active by trying different recreational activities. This can promote overall mental, emotional and social health. Recreation workers may work at parks, camps, senior centers and more, to coordinate and supervise a wide variety of activities. They must explain the rules of the activity and ensure the safety of the participants as they do activities such as aquatics, drama, arts and crafts, sports, games, music and more. Recreation workers need on-the-job training and a high school diploma.

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