Not every job requires a college degree. So isn’t it time to make your move?

Congratulations! If you live in or near Houston, Texas, you enjoy one of the nation’s premier and most robust metropolises.

Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, home of the Johnson Space Center, the Texas Medical Center, the Port of Houston, and 26 Fortune 500 companies.

It’s the energy capital of the world, residence of the nation’s largest petrochemical and manufacturing complex and some of its largest refineries.

And, according to the U.S. Census, Houston is the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S.

It’s still one of the nation’s top job creating cities, too, though job growth has cooled a bit after a few years of red-hot expansion. Job growth is predicted to be 36.68% over the next decade, which means opportunities exist in every sector.

And, Houston is home to Houston Community College, one of the nation’s top workforce training institutions in the country.

All this is good news for anyone looking for work. In fact, if you are you are unemployed, or underemployed, or if you just want a job you’ll enjoy more, you’re living in the best place to make a change.

Well-paying jobs exist for anyone who needs to get started quickly, and HCC is here to help you get the basic knowledge and work skills to be successful.

So, no college degree? No problem. Just find the direction you want to go and visit the HCC School of Continuing Education online at HCC has short-term courses and programs that match the workforce needs of the region.

To prove the point, here’s a list of 10 great jobs that don’t require a college degree and how HCC can help get you ready to work.

Look them over. One just might be your first step to a wonderful new life.


Administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff. Although employed in nearly every industry, many work in schools, hospitals, governments, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time.

Median wage: $17.55 per hour, or $36,500 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: Through Online Continuing Education, HCC prepares Administrative Assistants for employment. The Administrative Fundamentals course helps students discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office ergonomics. Students also learn become an indispensable member of a team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn an office into a high productivity machine. Total hours: 24. Total cost: $109


Nursing aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas. Most work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals.

Median wage: $12.36 per hour or $25,710 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC offers Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) courses for fast-track training that produces successful graduates sought after for entry-level positions in the field. The CNA program provides the skills, knowledge and abilities essential to providing basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Students  will learn about resident’s rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Total hours: 108. Total cost: $795


Childcare workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They attend to children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework. Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.

Median wage: $9.77 per hour or $20,320 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC’s Early Childhood Education Program is designed to provide students for employment in a child care/early education setting. This is a study of the principles of normal child growth and development from birth through age five. The focus will be on cognitive, physical, emotional and social development. Total hours: 144. Total cost: $900


EKG Technicians operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Employment opportunities for EKG technicians are expected to rise faster than average. In fact, the need for EKG technicians is expected to grow by 24% over the next six years. An aging baby-boomer population and consequent higher incidence of heart disease, greater public awareness and earlier detection of vascular disease, along with the tendency for patients to prefer non-radiologic procedures is creating the increase in demand for EKG technicians. While hospitals will continue to be the main type of employer, most new jobs will arise in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers.

Median wage: $30.59 per hour or $63,630 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC School of Continuing Education offers five short courses which prepare individuals for work as EKG technicians. Total hours: 264. Total cost: $1,485


Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.  Electricians work indoors and outdoors in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as other construction occupations, potential injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.

Median wage: $24.94 per hour or $51,880 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC’s School of Continuing Education offers Basic Electrician training, two courses which provide the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience required for a long-term electrician career. Electricians install electrical systems in structures; they install wiring and other electrical components, such as circuit breaker panels, switches, and light fixtures, and they follow blueprints, the National Electrical Code® and state and local codes. A third and more advanced course is also available. Total hours for Electrical I and II: 160. Total cost:  $980. Total hours for Electrical III: 80. Total cost: $490


Firefighters control and put out fires, and respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk.

When on the scenes of fires and other emergencies, the work can be very dangerous. When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters spend their time at fire stations, where they sleep, eat, and remain on call during shifts that often last 24 hours. Many work more than 40 hours per week.

A growing trend in fire service nationwide is the creation of a college-educated fire-fighting workforce. Firefighters receive the latest training methods in tactical fire operations, fire safety, leadership and management.

Median wage: $22.53 per hour, or $46,870 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC’s Basic Firefighting Academy consists of instruction and skills, and is approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Curriculum topics include fire ground operations, hazardous materials, and physical fitness. Total hours: 672. Total cost: $3,000


Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians work on heating, ventilation, and cooling systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

Demand for qualified HVAC technicians can be expected as long as there may be heating and cooling systems that require maintenance and installation. There’s a great deal to learn for professionals working in the HVAC field. Whether building construction is at an all-time high or ebbing along, there may be a need for qualified technicians who are familiar with repairing HVAC systems, handling refrigerants and adhering to industry safety standards.

Median wage: $21.69 per hour, or $45,110 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC provides two CE courses that prepare workers for entry-level HVAC employment (Air Conditioning 1 and Air Conditioning 2). Total hours: 160. Total cost: $980


Machinists set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

Median wage: $20.25 per hour or $42,110 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC’s CE division offers Basic Machining I and Basic Machining II to prepare students for entry-level positions in machine shops, manufacturing facilities, and in the maintenance of industrial plants. Students will be trained in the conventional areas (lathe, mills, drills and grinders), as well as in Computer Numerical Control (CNC). A working knowledge of the machinery’s handbook will provide graduates the knowledge to be contributors in any environment they work. Total hours: 144. Total cost: $960


Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Most work in a hospital or physician’s office.

Median wage: $17.84 per hour, or $37,110 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: For many who want to work in this field, the first step is the Medical Coding course offered through Online Continuing Education. Students learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge helps prepare individuals for work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors’ offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or even working at home. Course reviews the main systems of the human body—integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and male and female genitourinary—outlining the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures seen most often in each of those systems.

Total hours: 24. Total cost: $109


Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Median wage: $31.23 per hour, or $64,970 annually (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training: HCC teaches a number of graphic design and web development courses through Online Continuing Education. One fast way to employment is the WordPress course, which teaches students how to create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites without coding. WordPress is the world’s most popular website publisher, powering more than 25% of all sites on the Internet. This course provides hands-on experience. Total hours: 24. Total cost: $109

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