5 High Paying Careers You Can Do Without College

If you want to pursue a new career without ending up with a load of debt, you don’t have to wait! You can start a new career without a college degree through a variety of certificate programs offered through Washington Technical Institute. Here are five high paying career paths you can pursue without breaking the bank and spending years of your life in school.

Medical Billing & Coding 

The average salary for a medical billing and coding specialist is $52,000. Organized individuals who want to work in a medical office with health insurance & reimbursement as well as medical records are ideal candidates for this job. WTI’s self-paced Medical Billing & Coding certificate will prepare you for this career in 12 months or fewer. With daily start dates, there’s no reason to wait! You can get started on the path to an exciting new career today.


Paralegals work directly in law offices or in the legal departments of various companies. Responsible for research, record-keeping, and paperwork, paralegals are curious and enjoy keeping up-to-date with information. The average salary for paralegals is $56,000 a year, providing you with an opportunity for a secure career. WTI’s paralegal programs vary from 8 to 16 months, but because they are self-paced, you can graduate as soon as you complete your coursework. Daily start dates allow you to begin within 24 hours of signing up for the program of your choice. You could be headed toward a high paying career in the legal field starting today!

Computer Support Specialist

Washington Tech’s various information technology certificates can get you ready for a secure position as a computer support specialist earning an average of $58,000 a year without the need for a college degree. Our intensive training programs can be completed in a matter of months with daily or bi-weekly start dates. You don’t have to go to school for two or four years to start a career in IT; certificate programs are a widely accepted avenue for these high-paying careers.

Web Developers

If you’re interested in information technology, one option is to work as a web developer. At WTI, our Web Development certificate can be completed in 8 months, so that as soon as you’re done you can start your job earning an average of $77,000 a year without spending loads of time and money on a college degree.

Software Developers 

One of the most lucrative IT paths you can take without attending college is to become a software developer, earning an average of $80,000 to over $100,000 a year. Several of our IT certificates can help you secure a position along this pathway, including our Full-stack Development or Software Developer certificate. These two programs can open doors to a variety of high-paying positions working in IT. And with a growth rate of 22% in the coming years, you’ll be sure to find a role that helps you achieve your career goals without having to attend a traditional four-year college.


Washington Technical Institute’s fully online certificates can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt. 

Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs. 

If you’re ready to enroll and start your training to enter a high-paying career without a college degree, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy answer whatever questions you have.

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