Jobs That Require High School Diplomas

Jul 8, 2013 | 6:00 am
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It’s one thing to say that high school graduates earn more money, it’s another to prove it. If you’ve been on the fence about considering the benefits of going back to school, consider these jobs that only a high school graduate could hold.

Government Jobs
Most government jobs not only pay well, but also provide you with long-term benefits such as health care, sick leave, paid vacations and retirement options. The catch? You need a high school diploma. Some government jobs you may be interested in include:

  • Employment in a VA Medical Center
  • Technical government job
  • Working at a library
  • Working for the city
  • Lifeguard
  • Environmental jobs
  • Postal service

Health Industry
There are a number of jobs available to you in the healthcare industry that don’t require a college degree. For some, you may need to attend a technical or specialized college, however, they all require at least a high school diploma.

  • Dental assistant
  • Home health aides
  • Medical assistant
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Nursing aide, orderly or attendant
  • Skin care specialists
  • Physical therapist

While these jobs may start at the bottom of the corporate ladder, with the right attitude and work ethic you could find yourself with new career opportunities. Some of the jobs that will help you get in the door include:

  • Office clerk
  • Accounting clerk
  • Secretary or receptionist
  • Administrative assistant
  • Human Resources assistant

There are many options for someone who is creative and willing to work and who has a high school diploma. In addition to the jobs already listed, here are a few others to consider:

  • Retail salesperson
  • Travel agent
  • Game or video store clerk/manager
  • Cosmetologist
  • Chef, cook or food prep worker
  • Cable installer or repairer
  • Loan officer