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What is the highest paying job you can get in nursing without college?

idk if college is for me or not?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Lydia !

You must first figure out and make a firm decision as to whether or not you want to go to college or not because you can always change your mind and change your mind again, but I think you must be sure of your intent first before looking for an elusive salary in a year that you're not working.
There are websites that state salaries for various jobs but that information is mostly from a previous year as well as a limited pool and no one can tell you what would be the highest range now when you don't know when you'll be applying for the jobs. Only an employer can tell you what salary they're offering and it will be up to you to accept the salary at the interview or when offered.

The one realm of care you can look into is being a home health aid. Agencies offer a range of very different salaries and you don't need a college degree for this. Most training for this is one to two months. You will not be giving medical care to the people you serve. You can call all the home health aid agencies in your town and ask how much they pay per hour. Than call them all again during the year that you intend to work.
You're stating that salary is your main concern, so it will take a lot of first hand exploring on your part to get the accurate information this way.

A professional nursing career does require college, plus studying and passing tests for licensing and certification. There are some jobs that you can pursue that do not require a college degree and I have left a link below to a list of them that you can explore in case you decide not to go to college. You will do yourself a benefit if you look into something that you love and not base it on how much money you can possibly earn. Although being able to support oneself on one's income is very important, it must be planned considering many factors and for something you love to do.

I have left a link for you below about reasons that people do not go to college. See where you fit in and what had influenced your decision and work on alternatives or a plan if you change your mind. I've also left a link below for an article with a list of reasons why a person should go to college. Consider these reasons and think about both options so you'll be sure as to what you want to start planning for.

Become well informed about nursing, other fields of work and pace yourself with researching this. Keep a notebook with all the information so you can go over it and either make a decision or give it more time. It takes time for everyone to make important decisions for their lives, so don't hesitate to take it slow.

Best wishes to you in your discoveries and in all you do !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR GOING OR NOT GOING TO COLLEGE https://www.liveabout.com/should-you-go-to-college-525564
JOBS REQUIRING NO COLLEGE DEGREE https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/jobs-without-a-degree
REASONS FOR NOT GOING TO COLLEGE https://classrooms.com/6-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-go-to-college/
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO COLLEGE https://www.forbes.com/advisor/student-loans/why-should-you-go-to-college/
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Lydia,

There are not a lot of options to work in the medical field if you don't want to go to college. And that's how it should be, because as a medical provider a person's life will depend on you.

I think EMT training is about a year or 18 months training, but no college. That's of course a far cry from being a midwife. There are ways to "upgrade" from EMT to RN though. You could start out as an EMT and go to nursing school later. You could work part-time while you study nursing.

In the realm of birth, you could be a doula. A doula does not provide medical but emotional assistance. It seems there is no educatonal requirement.

I hope this helps!

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Paul’s Answer

The LPN is usually the level you can do nursing without going to college.

If you attain this certification, then in the United States the average salary is $47,000 to $69,000 dollars per year.
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Rafael’s Answer

If you're seeking nursing opportunities without a college degree and prefer a more flexible and informal work environment, you may consider options such as becoming a home health aide, medical scribe, or emergency medical technician. These roles often offer shorter training programs and can provide entry-level positions in the healthcare field. However, it's important to note that these positions may have less formal requirements and potentially lower salaries compared to those that require higher levels of education.
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