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Have you decided that college is not a good option for you? Here are some jobs that only require a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED, sometimes called a high school equivalency diploma). Some of these occupations require classroom instruction which can take place in high school or at a vocational school. Others require on-the-job training, which employers provide, in lieu of classroom instruction. Many of the careers listed here have a favorable outlook through the next several years according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/).

Cashier
Cashiers total bills, receive money, make change, fill out charge forms, and give receipts at retail stores. There are no educational requirements but employers filling full-time jobs often prefer applicants with high school diplomas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of cashiers to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2016. It will, however, have the second greatest number of job openings through that year. More About Cashiers

Chef, Cook, or Food Preparation Worker
Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods in a variety of restaurants and other food services establishments. Generally fast-food or short-order cooks and food preparation workers do not need much education or training as their skills are learned on the job. Those who want to work as a cook or chef can take courses in high school or through vocational school programs. In order to work as a head cook or executive chef, one must complete a formal training program. The job outlook for chefs, cooks, and other kitchen workers is expected to be very good through 2016. More About Chefs, Cooks, and Food Preparation Workers

Cosmetologist
Cosmetologists perform manicures, cut and style hair, or apply makeup. In order to work as a hairstylist or cosmetologist, one must be licensed by the state in which he or she wants to work. In order to become licensed one must have graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school and be at least 16 years old. Some states require graduation from high school while others require as little as an eighth grade education. The Bureau of Labor statistics predicts that employment of barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. More About Cosmetologists

Human Resources Assistant
Human resources assistants (HR assistants) maintain the personnel records of an organization's employees. Most employers require applicants to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Training usually takes place on the job. Employment of hr assistants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2016. More About Human Resources Assistants

Occupational Therapist Aide
Occupational therapist aides, working under the supervision of occupational therapists or occupational therapist assistants, prepare materials and equipment used during treatment. They also perform clerical duties. OT aides usually receive most of their training on the job. Employment of occupational therapist aides, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. More About Occupational Therapist Aides

Physical Therapist Aide
Physical therapist aides, under the supervision of physical therapists or physical therapist assistants, help make therapy sessions productive. Physical Therapy Aides must have a high school diploma. Most employers provide on-the-job training. Employment of physical therapist aides is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. More About Physical Therapist Aides

Retail Salesperson
Retail salespeople help customers find what they are looking for and try to interest them in buying the merchandise. Although there aren't any formal educational requirements for retail salespersons, many employers prefer a high school diploma or its equivalent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in retail sales to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2016. This field will have the greatest number of job openings as well. More About Retail Salespeople

Travel Agent
In order to become a travel agent one must have, at the minimum, a high school diploma or the equivalent. Computer skills are becoming more important. One can get specialized training, which addresses this, at some vocational schools, adult education programs, and some colleges. Those who expect to manage or start their own travel agencies will benefit from courses in accounting and business management. Employment of travel agents is expected to change little through 2016 -- no growth or decline predicts the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More About Travel Agents

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