With college tuition soaring nationwide, many Americans don’t have the time or money to earn a college degree. However, that doesn’t mean your job prospects are diminished. Increasingly, there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma.
“When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock.
“Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent.
Google and EY are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent. Whether you have your GED and are looking for a new opportunity or charting your own path beyond the traditional four-year college route, here are 15 companies that have said they do not require a college diploma for some of their top jobs. Your dream role awaits!
Company Rating: 4.4
Hiring For: Product Manager, Recruiter, Software Engineer, Product Marketing Manager, Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineer, Developer Relations Intern, UX Engineer, SAP Cloud Consultant, Administrative Business Partner & more.
Where Hiring: Mountain View, CA; Austin, TX; Indianapolis, IN; San Francisco, CA; Pryor, OK; Chicago, IL and more
What Employees Say: “There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide (Google Project Shield) to crisis response during disasters (see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis), to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world, to more mundane revenue-driving projects in advertising, there’s really something for everybody.” —Current Software Engineer II
2. Ernst and Young (EY)
Company Rating: 3.7
Hiring For: Assurance Services Senior, Risk Advisor, Experience Management Manager, Tax Services Senior, Financial Services Senior Manager, Auditor, Risk Management Operations & Quality Compliance Associate, Payroll Operations Analyst Associate & more.
Where Hiring: Alpharetta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Toronto; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Secaucus, NJ and more
What Employees Say: “The people, the flexibility and many great assignments. This is a place that really takes care of its people and is regularly reaching out to understand what would make a better experience for us.” —Current Employee
3. Penguin Random House
Company Rating: 3.8
Hiring For: Marketing Designer, Publicity Assistant, Senior Manager of Finance, Production Assistant, Senior Editor, Production Editor, Art Director & more.
Where Hiring: New York, NY; London, England; Colorado Springs, CO and more
What Employees Say: “Being a large corporation, the benefits at PRH are great. You learn a great deal about the industry as PRH is among the top few publishing houses in the world. There can be strong mentors depending on the department you’re in and the supervisor you work for.” —Current Employee
4. Costco Wholesale
Company Rating: 3.9
Hiring For: Cashier, Stocker, Pharmacy Sales Assistant, Bakery Wrapper, Cake Decorator, Licensed Optician, Cashier Assistant, Depot Solutions Functional Analyst, Forklift Driver, Seasonal Help & more.
Where Hiring: Baton Rouge, LA; Vallejo, CA; Kalamazoo, MI; Issaquah, WA and more
What Employees Say: “Very affordable high-quality health insurance benefits even for PT employees. Great for working parents who split up child care and need coverage. The key to succeeding at Costco is to work hard, have a good attitude and be nice to people. It’s hard work and fasted paced, you have to be down for that to succeed.” —Current Cashier Assistant
5. Whole Foods
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: Grocery Team Member, Cashier, Bakery Team Member, Whole Body Team member, Specialty Team Member, Part Time Grocery Team Member, Chef, Seafood Team Member & more.
Where Hiring: Napa, CA; Petaluma, CA; Tigard, OR; Wichita, KS; Austin, TX; Portland, OR and more
What Employees Say: “Autonomy, freedom to be creative, free food pretty much every day, GREAT people to work with and great customers, awesome benefits, paid time off that accumulates quickly and you can use whenever you want.” —Former Employee
Company Rating: 4.0
Hiring For: Event Manager, Front Office Manager, Housekeeper, Hotel Manager, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, On-Call Banquet Server, International Sales Coordinator, Security Officer, Barback & more.
Where Hiring: San Rafael, CA; Napa, CA; Indianapolis, IN; Tampa, FL; Madison Heights, MI; Augusta, GA; Chicago, IL and more
What Employees Say: “I started as a line level employee in the hospitality industry, joined Hilton 20 years ago and just celebrated my 5th year as a General Manager in a full-service hotel. Hilton Worldwide is a company dedicated to developing talent at every level in the organization and I owe my success and career to their continual investment in me.” —Current General Manager
Company Rating: 3.7
Hiring For: Pharmacist, Retail Set-Up Coordinator, Maintenance Technician, Job Fair, In-House Maintenance Technician, Prepared Food Clerks, Assistant Pharmacy Manager, Beverage Server & more.
Where Hiring: Lakeland, FL; Atlanta, GA; Deerfield Beach, FL and more
What Employees Say: “As an associate, I really am happy to see that even the managers work right next to us and are never too busy to hear your concerns. Makes for a friendly environment to work in.”—Current Employee
Company Rating: 4.0
Hiring For: Genius, Design Verification Engineer, Engineering Project Manager, iPhone Buyer, Apple Technical Specialist, AppleCare at Home Team Manager, Apple TV Product Design Internship, Business Traveler Specialist, Part Time Reseller Specialist & more.
Where Hiring: Santa Clara, CA; Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Charleston, SC; Chapel Hill, NC; Maiden, NC and more
What Employees Say: “The company is AMAZING. There are limitless advancement opportunities. You work with some very cool people and the leadership cares about your development. You may get coaching but you never get battered or belittled. The pay is decent and the benefits include, 401(k) match, stock purchase options, product discounts and discounts on services across many different areas, education assistance, child care assistance, paid vacation, sick time and other time off options, health club Reimbursement or bike cost set off. You get 1.5 time for OT and it’s pretty much unlimited as long as you don’t exceed 12 hours in a day or 59 total in a week.” —Current At-Home Advisor
Company Rating: 3.8
Hiring For: Barista, Shift Supervisor, Store Manager & more.
Where Hiring: Dublin, GA; San Francisco, CA; Compton, CA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Arcadia, CA; Denver, CO; Boston, MA and more
What Employees Say: “The benefits are out of sight. I was offered Starbucks stock after my first year, as well as 401k through Fidelity, and a superb Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan. You can cover your whole family with that plan, and it can include domestic partners. I got a pound of free coffee every week and free coffee all day (although I think that was specific to my store, which bent the rules). There’s also an Employee Assistance Hotline which you can call if you’re having issues in your personal life. And HR is really responsive–they won’t see you as a troublemaker if you’re legitimately having an issue. They will handle it. Also, sexual orientation and gender identity are included in their anti-discrimination policy. None of the gay or lesbian people on my staff got crap for it, even though about half the staff was quietly conservative Christian and Republican. If you’re a people person, you develop relationships with the regulars and it’s fun to make their day. I felt it was pretty rewarding to make drinks. I loved the artistic side of it. And again, the free coffee…just awesome.” —Former Barista
Company Rating: 3.6
Hiring For: Retail Sales, Cleaning, Stock and Fulfillment, Bartender, Barista, Spa Esthetician, Cosmetics Beauty Stylist, Seasonal Alterations and Tailor Shop Apprentice, Sr. Site Reliability Engineer, Recruiter, Social Media Manager & more.
Where Hiring: Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Scottsdale, AZ; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Bethesda, MD and more
What Employees Say: “Very fun job to work part-time as a student. Depending on how hard you want to work, you will be compensated fairly as it is a commission vs draw pay schedule. Lots of incentives to work harder such as free clothes or even cash. Managers are usually very flexible with your personal life and hours. You will meet a lot of great people working here. If you have the desire to move up in the company, the managers will have no issues with helping you in doing so.” —Former Sales Associate
11. Home Depot
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: Department Supervisor, Customer Service Sales, Store Support, Cashier, Assistant Store Manager, Outside Sales Consultant, Warehouse Associate, Product Manager, Analyst & more.
Where Hiring: Colonial Heights, VA; South Plainfield, NJ; San Diego, CA; Kennesaw, GA; Atlanta, GA; Daly City, CA and more
What Employees Say: “The Home Depot has a solid moral compass. They aren’t about sacrificing their ethics for the sake of a sale, which I love. They also hire a diverse group of people and give a lot back to the community. They offer a lot of benefits and little treats for their employees. Although they push their associates to meet quota, they’re realistic about what can and can’t be accomplished.” —Current Merchandising Execution Associate
Company Rating: 3.4
Hiring For: Financial Blockchain Engineer, Lead Recruiter, Contract & Negotiations Professional, Product Manager, Entry Level System Services Representative, Research Staff Member, Client Solution Executive & more.
Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Austin, TX; New York, NY and more
What Employees Say: “Excellent opportunities for career advancement. Flexible working hours as long as you make your targets. People are terrific. Only the strong and motivated will survive and thrive. More training and education that you have time for. Resources are abundant if you know how to leverage them. Medical benefits are outstanding. Loved working at IBM.” —Former Sales Representative
13. Bank of America
Company Rating: 3.5
Hiring For: Client Service Representative, Client Associate, Analyst, Executive Assistant, Relationship Manager, Consumer Banking Market Manager, Treasury Solutions Analyst, Small Business Consultant & more.
Where Hiring: Tulsa, OK; Wilmington, DE; New York, NY; Plymouth, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Des Moines, IA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Lebanon, NH; Philadelphia, PA and more
What Employees Say: “Company provides great benefits: vacation time, sick time, medical insurances are decent. Most other companies aren’t able to compare to the time off benefits.” —Current Operations Team Manager
Company Rating: 3.4
Hiring For: District Manager, Kitchen Manager, Service Manager, Restaurant Team Member, General manager, Restaurant Shift Leader & more.
Where Hiring: Sandy, UT; Woburn, MA; Pleasant Hill, CA; Kansas City, MO; Estero, FL; Colorado Springs, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Alameda, CA; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; East Point, GA; Garner, NC and more
What Employees Say: “Free meals during shifts. 50% a meal to take home. Ease of requesting time off. Flexible hours. Can learn multiple positions. Room for growth if you really work towards it and want it.” —Former Employee
Company Rating: 3.3
Hiring For: Plumbing Associate, Commercial Sales Loader, Lumber Associate, Front End Cashier-Seasonal, Internet Fulfillment, Seasonal Customer Service Associate, Delivery Puller, Installed Sales Manager & more.
Where Hiring: Westborough, MA; Omaha, NE; Mooresville, NC; Silverthorne, CO; Madison Heights, VA; San Francisco, CA; Yonkers, NY; Paris, TN; Alcoa, TN; Ridgeland, MS; Columbus, MS and more
What Employees Say: “The people are amazing and the system works pretty well. I haven’t had any bad days unless it was having to deal with a customer. Advancement was quick for me. I went from part-time to Manager within 2 years.” —Current Department Manager