10 job roles that you don't need a degree for

Meg Timbrell
Content & Social Media Manager
5 min read

Feeling like you can't get a job without a degree? Think again. Here are 10 job roles that you don't need a degree for, and the entry routes to get into them.

Estate Agent

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Estate agents sell commercial and residential property, acting as negotiators between buyers and sellers.

Entry routes:

  • You may be able to start as a trainee sales negotiator and learn on the job.
  • You could also start as an administrator in an estate agency or lettings company and work your way up.
  • Some estate agents offer an intermediate apprenticeship as a junior estate agent or an advanced apprenticeship in property services.
  • Alternatively, you could start by taking qualifications offered by an industry body like NAEA Propertymark. Introductory qualifications can be done whether or not you're working in property. There are also courses aimed at people in the industry who want to develop their career.

Salary: £15k - £40k

Hours: 35 - 40 per week

Ethical Hacker

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Use computer hacking techniques in a positive way to help secure computer networks.

Entry routes:

Some ethical hackers are self-taught, but many will start out in information security more generally and then specialise in ethical hacking. There is a 'Certified Ethical Hacking' qualification that you could take once you have network and information security experience that will help you gain work in the field. You can also gain on-the-job skills and experience by starting an apprenticeship.

Salary: £35k - £60k

Hours: 35 - 40 per week

Conference Manager

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Conference and exhibition managers plan and run events like trade shows, conferences and exhibitions.

Entry routes:

There are no set requirements but employers will usually look for relevant experience and strong transferable skills like organising, budget management and marketing. Any experience you have in hotel conference and banqueting, travel, sales, PR or fundraising can be especially useful.

Other possible entry routes that aren't a degree include:

  • Doing paid or unpaid work as a steward at large events or exhibitions can be useful for building up contacts in the industry. This is a good way to hear about jobs, as many are not advertised.
  • A college course such as a level 2 Certificate in Event Planning, level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management or level 3 Diploma in Live Events and Promotion to gain experience.
  • An events assistant advanced apprenticeship or a hospitality management higher apprenticeship.
  • Starting out as an administrator or marketing assistant with a conference management company, possibly through temporary work. As your experience grows, you may be able to take on more responsibility for organising events.

Salary: £17k - £58k

Hours: 37 - 39 per week

Travel Writer

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Travel writers visit destinations around the world and write about them to inform others.

Entry routes:

There are no set requirements for becoming a travel writer, but you'll need to build up your writing skills to get started, by keeping a travel journal or publishing a travel blog. Some travel writers are able to build up audiences on social media platforms like Instagram and move into a travel writing career from there. It can help if you can build up specialist knowledge of one or more destinations or regions.

Salary: £2k - £55k

Hours: 12 - 48 per week

Life Coach

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Life coaches support and encourage people to help them make informed decisions in their working and personal lives.

Entry routes:

For this job, you may find it useful if you have experience in psychology, management, counselling, or teaching.

Life coaching is not regulated in the UK, so anyone can work as a life coach if they feel they have the necessary skills and qualities.

You could take training through the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

You can also take a college course that offers contacts with coaching and mentoring bodies, testimonials from coaches who have attended the course, good resources for developing skills, practical training like workshops and seminars, some supervised work with a practising life coach or assessor, advice on setting up a business, and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Salary: £18k - £100k

Hours: 30 - 32 per week

Dog Handler

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Dog handlers work with a specially trained dog to help prevent and detect crime, find lost or missing people, or protect property.

Entry routes:

There are no set requirements, but you'll need experience of caring for dogs and to have a good level of fitness.

You may be able to start by doing an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in animal care. You could then move onto an animal trainer higher apprenticeship.

You can apply to be a dog handler if you're already working in an organisation like the police, British Army, or Royal Air Force.

Salary: £16k - £25k

Hours: 38 - 40

Drone Pilot

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Fly drones for a living, for video, film and tv, or for industrial and commercial purposes.

Entry routes:

To become a commercial drone pilot you'll need significant experience and training to gain your Permission for Aerial/Commercial Work document from the Civil Aviation Authority. The easiest way to get this is to take an approved training course from a National Qualified Entity (NQE).

If you work for yourself, you'll need to invest in training, certification, and licences, along with your own drone and kit.

Salary: £13k - £65k

Hours: 39 - 41 per week

Tour Manager (Tourism)

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Tour managers manage the travel arrangements of holidaymakers and business clients to make sure their trips run smoothly.

Entry routes:

There are no set requirements for this role but you'll need the ability to deal calmly with emergencies, and have a good standard of general education. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages can also be very helpful, but not essential.

You can gain experience in the travel industry before moving into tour management, like as a tour guide, resort rep, or travel agent.

Salary: £16k - £30k

Hours: 28 - 30 per week

Education Technician

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Education technicians support teachers and lecturers of science, art, IT, or design and technology by preparing equipment and materials, and helping in practical lessons.

There are no set requirements, but you'll usually need GCSEs (A* to C or grade 4) or equivalent in English, maths and science. It can also be useful to have some experience of working in a scientific or technical setting like a lab.

You can do a college course to improve your chances of finding work. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT
  • Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Chemistry

You can also do an advanced apprenticeship in a specialist role, like a lab technician or IT solution technician.

Salary: £15k - £28k

Hours: 37 - 42 per week

Sales Promotion Executive

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Sales promotion executives run promotional marketing campaigns for companies to raise their profile or increase sales.

There are no set requirements, but previous experience in sales, marketing, advertising, or customer service will be helpful.

Paid or unpaid work experience with a marketing promotions agency can also help.

Salary: £18k - £50k

Hours: 37 - 40 per week

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