4 High Paying Career Paths You Can Take Without A College Degree


We all know about that phase in life when every time we flunk in a subject or flunk a whole session, starting from our teachers to parents, everyone bombards us saying we don’t have a bright future. There is no denying that there are people who think without good marks in school and without a college degree we are nothing less than useless. And these kinds of criticism and rough comments have pushed a lot of people into depression.

So, for all those who don’t have a college degree or don’t have great marks in school, don’t worry, here are 4 career paths you can take and make more money than the ones with a college degree.

1. Photography

This is without a doubt one of the most in-demand and high-paying jobs. You don’t have to be a college graduate to become a photographer — all you need is SKILL. Today, a skilled photographer can earn INR 20–30K for a few hours of shoot. So, you can imagine how this field is booming.

Many might be thinking that to become a photographer you need to join a photography institute or opt for a photography course, however, that’s not necessary — you just need to invest in a camera. In this Internet-dominated era, you don’t have to opt for a course to learn anything — there are several sources on the internet that provide free knowledge, and YouTube is one such example. All you need to do this is buy a camera, learn the techniques, and PRACTICES.

And if you are confused with which camera to buy to get started with your photography journey, you can always ask someone who is already in the field of photography.

Talking about photography, there are different types of photography fields — wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography etc. Once you learn all the skills and if you think you are good to go, choose your desired field of work.

Word to the wise: Don’t forget to have an Instagram account to showcase your skills and talent. It will not only help you expand your reach but also help you land more photography jobs and offers.

If you want to know how you grow on Instagram, you can read my article “Instagram 101: 5 Tips To Slay It On Instagram

2. Emcee

This is another fantastic career opportunity. In India, an Emcee makes at least INR 25K for a show or an event. Now you can do the calculation how much it would be if you do at least 3 events a month, or maybe just 2 events. Also, unlike photography, you don’t have to invest money on buying anything, but you have to invest time, furnishing and polishing your speaking skills and your personality.

Whether it is a Tech event, or a festive event, or a party event, the events industry is booming at jet speed. And this is the best time to kick start your career as an emcee.

So, the main challenge in this field of work when you don’t have a portfolio or any experience, is how would you get into this field, how would you land your first emcee job? And the answer to that is social media. When you are completely new and want people to notice you and your skills, then there is no other best friend than Social Media.

Start a YouTube channel or an Instagram account where you can showcase your talent. Also, don’t forget to reach out to event management companies; send as many emails as possible to event management companies or event organisers.

3. Video Creation

Do you know, more than images on social media, video content gets more engagement. Yes, that’s true, and this popularity of video content is creating a tremendous space for all the enthusiastic video creators. Today, almost every organization or brand has their social media presence and they are actively looking for skilled videographers to create top-notch video content.

So, if you are someone who loves making videos then it is a wonderful career path you can take. Like photography, you need to invest in a camera. Talking about the skills, you can learn from the internet and practise until you perfect them.

Furthermore, learn video editing skills — a video maker with top-class video editing skills gets more job offers than just a video creator.

Coming to the showcasing point, YouTube and Instagram are going to be your best friends. So, make sure you have an active social media presence.

4. DJing

DJing over the years have gained tremendous traction. Today, it is one of the most sought after career paths in the media and entertainment industry. In India, events are nowadays organized on several occasions. And just like an emcee, a DJ can also earn at least INR 25K for an event.

If you like music and want to expand your career as an independent artist, it is definitely one of the best career options.

Where to learn DJing? There are a huge number of institutes in Indian that teaches the art of DJing. So, either you can join one or learn from a fellow DJ. Also, you can rely on YouTube and regular practice. Once you learn the nuts of bolts of DJing, you can showcase music on Social Media and attract event organizers to hire you.

Just like photography and videography, DJing also has an investment and that is the equipment you would need to play and mix tracks (the investment might be little higher, but it is absolutely worth the returns).

Harshajit is a writer / blogger / vlogger. A passionate music lover whose talents range from dance to video making to cooking. Football runs in his blood. Like literally! He is also a self-proclaimed technician and likes repairing and fixing stuff. When he is not writing or making videos, you can find him reading books/blogs or watching videos that motivate him or teaches him new things.
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