No Degree Required: Google and 7 Other Companies All Paying $45,000 or More

The sticker shock associated with a college degree prevents a wide variety of brilliantly-minded people from snagging a bachelor’s degree or beyond. These days the going rate for such an education ranges anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000. Beyond the price tag, a host of other roadblocks prevents individuals from earning a college education. Ultimately, this fact exiles potential employees from landing a job for which they are perfectly qualified.

Luckily, more and more companies across the U.S. have figured out that a college education doesn’t always equal smart, quality employees. The even better news is that these companies have decided to drop the degree requirements necessary to get a foot in the door.

So, without further ado, these eight stellar companies require no college degree to be hired. And the salaries aren’t too shabby either.

1. Apple

Apple logo on a Apple Store

Genius Bar employees can earn a decent salary. | Eric Thayer/Getty Images

  • Mac Genius: $45,000

Most everyone can agree that we need more Mac geniuses in the world. And while some people opt to grab a computer science degree, others possess a natural understanding of the ins and outs of Macs without the college training. Notably, Apple offers bonuses and profit sharing to its employees.

Next: From barista to executive

2. Starbucks

The Starbucks logo hangs outside one of the company's cafe

Starbucks hires managers without college degrees. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

  • Store manager: $50,000

Starbucks has never required baristas to have a college pedigree, but it previously has required store managers to have one. No longer is this the requirement. For those dedicated Starbucks employees who have worked their way up the chain, may the odds be ever in your favor for landing that manager position.

Next: Do you have what it takes to run this show? 

3. Publix

A worker strolls into a Publix Super Market

Could a career in the grocery industry be in the cards for you? | Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images

  • Customer service manager: $58,000

Running a grocery store is no easy undertaking. And as we all know, customers can often be quite the handful. Luckily, the individuals who are naturally gifted with compassion and problem-solving skills can now uphold the customer service manager position they deserve, with or without a degree. The additional good news is that Publix offers bonuses and profit sharing opportunities to its employees.

Next: Endless burritos and good benefits? Yes, please. 

4. Chipotle

Chipotle restaurant logo

Free burritos and a decent salary, too. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

  • General manager: $50,000

The beloved fast-casual Mexican grill Chipotle demands a lot from its general managers. And keeping it all together in such a fast-paced environment requires a quick-minded, problem-solving manager. Chipotle offers great benefits to its employees, not to mention all those burritos.

Next: This mega-company knows what’s up.

5. Google

google logo

Surprisingly, you don’t necessarily need a college degree to land a job at Google. | Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

  • Software engineer: $80,000+

Software engineers come from all backgrounds, some highly-educated, some not. Google recognized the amount of talent that was being overlooked due to the degree requirements for certain jobs. Removing those barriers continues to enhance Google’s diversity.

Next: Are you (or someone you know) a computer nerd? 

6. IBM

IBM logo

Big Blue knows some talented developers are self-taught. | Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

  • App developer: $71,000

IBM is paying well, folks. And despite popular belief, app developers aren’t solely bred in the classroom. In fact, some of the most successful computer nerds are self-taught. Fortunately, IBM recognizes that truth and has removed the barriers that would prevent self-taught developers from reaching their full career potential.

Next: Some things can’t be taught in the classroom.

7. Nordstrom

Nordstrom sign on a storefront

Retail careers can be rewarding. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sure, Nordstrom carries some high-end merchandise but rest-assured that running the department store isn’t always a luxurious job. Because of that fact, so much of the skills needed to run the show can’t be taught in a classroom. The truth is, most of the skills come from on the job experience and training. Nordstrom realizes that and is hiring with those facts in mind.

Next: Building relationships and taking names

8. Bank of America

A sign hangs above a Bank of America branch in the Financial District

A career in banking can pay well, even if you don’t have a degree. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • Relationship Manager: $45,000

For any business, the first impression can make or break a deal. Such is the case at Bank of America. This is why a capable, warm, and inviting relationship manager is crucial. Once again, the people skills needed to fulfill that position are purely engrained in one’s personality. Bank of America offers support and personal coaching to refine those skills.

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