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Vocational Education

College is great, but it's not for everyone. While many jobs require a college degree these days, the trades are still a more than viable career choice. Learn what vocational training is required to get a job that pays well, but doesn't necessarily require a college degree.

Vocational Education Advice

  • Dream Job: Homestead Farmer

    It's never too late to trade your laptop for a hoe and become a farmer. "I made a conscious choice to become a farmer because I really wanted a different lifestyle from the daily grind of being a corporate executive," said Fox, who moved to … Read more...

  • Project Management Career Education and Advancement

    The most successful PMs have formal business training, usually in the form of an MBA. It is important that PMs also have some financial background or knowledge so that they are able to understand and plan for project budgeting. Read more...

  • Dream Job: Avon "Lady"

    Customers can buy over the Internet as from any online retailer, or link their relationship to a sales representative via a special site. A rep such as Kolber-Stuart provides access to a broader range of products, advice, direct delivery, … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Christmas Tree Farmer

    Anyone with a few acres can plant some seedlings and help them grow into a holiday essential. Each tree sells for upwards of $30 in the country, and two or three times that amount near a city; and a five-acre farm might sell 500 trees in a … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Funeral Director

    How does someone get a start in funeral service? A little initiative paid off for the young Skinner. "When I was 16, I saw our family funeral director in the grocery store, and I said 'hey, do you need some help?'" Skinner's first career … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Hairstylist

    Different states have different rules governing hairdressers – some just require a one-time test to keep the license current, while others require constant renewals and health tests associated with working with the public. Massachusetts … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Lifeguard

    Seasonal lifeguards make anywhere from $16 to $20 an hour. Full-time lifeguards, known as permanents, make up to $27 an hour. A permanent oversees a couple of miles of beach, and other lifeguards assigned there. A captain oversees a group … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Historical Reenactor

    Costumed interpreters from the Pilgrim Village reenact day-to-day activities of real citizens of the 1627 village, which included Myles Standish and other Mayflower passengers. Improvising as she interacts with visitors, Moore stays in … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Fitness Instructor

    Midcareer fitness professionals earn between $60,000 and $70,000, while top trainers can earn over $200,000. Add film and TV work or a fitness video, and the numbers go much higher. Read more...