Career Switch: 7 Options That Don't Require New Degree
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Oftentimes, when things aren’t working, it’s time for a change. And the same applies to your professional life. Maybe the path you’re taking no longer suits your needs or desires. You may be in a career rut and looking for a change, but not willing —or can’t afford —to get a whole new college degree?

Well, check out a few options that require no new school enrollment, just a bit of legwork and finesse:

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists manipulate muscles to help clients get rid of aches and pains.

What you need: Massage therapists usually complete a program that requires around 500 hours of study and experience. However, requirements vary by state, so check out your local standards before committing to a class. Preparing for this career can be a good side project while holding down a day job.

Interested? Check out this list of massage programs near you.

Average salary: $35,000

Energy Consultant

Energy consultants (also known as energy auditors) inspect buildings and homes to help save energy by finding areas of inefficiency.

What you need: For this job, engineering or construction know-how is helpful, but certainly not essential. You should get certified, which usually involves a six-week training course.

Average salary: $65,000

Read more at Brazen Careerist …


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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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