Are there any careers where you can get good pay with, but without needing to go to college?
My main concern is if I need to go to college for any careers I want, which would be freelance illustration (aka taking commissions for a living) or working with animals, like pet-sitting or working/volunteering at shelter(s), and if these would pay well.
1. SV Academy and similar programs exist to help underrepresented groups get into tech sales
2. You can work at a retailer like Nordstrom to get a commissioned-sales job in retail
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Find something out there your interested in
If you just google trade tech schools it may trigger something in you to look into
You can always intern as well as "on the job" training is the best and so rewarding
Talking about working at Technology related companies, many of them are not requiring college degrees for many of the roles. You can get specific certifications related to IT, Networking, Cyber Security, Graphic Design, Marketing etc, and you will be able to get a very good job with no need for a college degree.
Many technology careers often are filled with many people who did not go to college but instead often rely on learned skills and experiences from hobbies and interests in the field. The equivalent to degrees in some of these jobs are certifications which can be studied online or at libraries and then taking the tests. This applies for coding, networking, IT, project management and security. Sites like
Now with many sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and the prevalence of the gig economy, you'll have the freedom to build your own career path and enjoy fruits of your labor. In the arts often it can be simple as getting seen in social media an building a following in which your customers can connect with your work.