What Jobs Can You Get With a GED?

What Jobs Will a GED Qualify Me For?

You may be wondering what employment options you will have if you earn a GED. Let's take a look at some of your options below.

Food Preparation and Service

The food preparation and service industry offers many opportunities for individuals that have a GED. It is possible to pursue the following roles:

  • Waiter/waitress
  • Baker
  • Bartender
  • Cook
  • Food preparation worker

Many of these positions have no educational requirements and individuals learn through on-the-job training.

Legal Professions

Most jobs in the legal field require postsecondary training, but individuals who have a GED are qualified to become a title examiner, abstractor or searcher.

Community and Social Service Careers

Individuals with a GED can become a community health worker or a social/human service assistant. These fields typically do not require postsecondary training.

The requirements for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors vary widely, but it is possible to enter this career field with a high school diploma or equivalent in some cases.

Personal Care and Service and Healthcare

A GED will qualify individuals for personal care and service careers and opportunities in the healthcare field such as these:

Gaming Service Worker Child Care Worker
Home Health Aide Personal Care Aide
Orderly Occupational Therapy Aide
Psychiatric Aide Physical Therapy Aide

Office and Administrative Support

Applicants with a GED can work as:

Customer Service Representatives Information Clerks Bill and Account Collectors
Financial Clerks Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Tellers


Jobs in sales for individuals with a GED include:

  • Cashier
  • Insurance sales agent
  • Retail sales worker

Some wholesale and manufacturing sales representative positions are also options for individuals with a GED.

Protective Services

Individuals with a GED can apply for the following positions:

  • Security guard/gaming surveillance officer
  • Private detective
  • Correctional officer/bailiff

There may also be some opportunities to become a police officer with a GED. The specific educational requirements vary depending on the branch of law enforcement the individual works for.

Building and Grounds Cleaning

Roles in this field that can be obtained with a GED include:

  • Janitor/building cleaner
  • Grounds maintenance worker
  • Pest control worker

Construction and Extraction, Production Installation and Repair

There are a number of opportunities in these fields that applicants with a GED are qualified to pursue. Some involve on-the-job or apprenticeship training.

Masonry Worker Floor, Ceiling or Wall Insulator
Carpenter Construction Laborer/Helper
Glazier Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer/Taper
Ironworker Flooring Installer or Tile/Marble Setter
Sheet Metal Worker Machinist
Woodworker Jewelry and Precious Stone/Metal Worker
Construction Equipment Operator Electrician
Bicycle Repairer Security/Fire Alarm System Installer

Arts and Design

Those who have artistic tendencies and a GED can pursue opportunities as a floral designer. They may also be able to have a career as a craft/fine artist; although many artists do pursue postsecondary studies, this is not necessarily required to be a successful artist.

Transportation and Communication

Opportunities in these fields that are options for those with a GED include:

Bus Driver Sailor/Marine Oiler Chauffeur
Taxi Driver Delivery Truck Driver Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor

Farming, Fishing and Forestry

Options for those with a GED in these fields include:

  • Animal breeder
  • Agricultural equipment operator
  • Fishing/hunting worker

Roles in Management

While it is an option to pursue postsecondary training to prepare for a role as a food service manager or a farmer, rancher or agricultural manager, it is not always required. Individuals who have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED, can qualify for management roles in these industries through practical experience gained working in entry-level positions.

Individuals with a GED can also pursue opportunities as a lodging, property, real estate or community association manager.

How Many Jobs Accept GED Applicants?

Now that you know some of the industries that employ individuals with a GED, what's the national average for your employment opportunities? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2014, 27% of jobs could be pursued without a high school diploma or GED, while 39% of jobs required applicants to have a high school diploma or GED.

This means that, as of 2014, typically 66% of jobs were options for individuals with a GED. That number may vary slightly from state to state. Some states have higher rates of employment for individuals without a diploma or GED. In Hawaii and Nevada, over 30% of jobs do not require a GED or high school diploma. A number of states also have a higher rate of employment for individuals with a GED or high school diploma. Kentucky, Wyoming and Utah are all examples of states that have over 41% of their workforce in jobs that require one of these credentials.

How Can I Prepare For The GED Tests?

Now that you know your career prospects, you may be wondering how you can prepare the GED. One way to do so is to use online resources to help you study. Study.com offers online study courses that can be used to help you review the material for each of the GED tests.

GED stands for the General Educational Development tests. These exams are taken by individuals who did not earn a high school diploma and cover four main subject areas. The successful completion of these tests provides the same benefits as graduating high school. Read on to learn more.

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