5 Great Jobs that Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree

Oct 8, 2014

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the growing number of university graduates who left school with a mountain of debt and few job prospects. College is not the only way to start off on a career path to well paid work. Employers right here in Western North Carolina are hiring for a variety of factory jobs and warehouse jobs that do not require four-year degrees. These positions can lead you to a great career in manufacturing. Here are 5 jobs for workers who are ready to start earning money and building a future today.


CNC Machinist Jobs

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment cuts and shapes metal. Many local manufacturers need skilled CNC Machine Operators to produce metal products or parts. This is a skilled trade that requires specialized training, but not a college degree. AB Tech and Blue Ridge Community College offer Basic Machining Certificate and higher-level courses that can give you the skills necessary to do this job.


Machine Operator Jobs

There are many types of industrial machine operator jobs available in Western North Carolina. Lots of local manufacturers need Injection Molding Machine Operators to run specialized equipment that shapes plastics in the manufacture of industrial parts. Machine operation and basic maintenance skills are required. A high school diploma, industry experience, or training from a technical school in plastic injection molding machine operation are typically required to get a job in this field.


Forklift Driver Jobs

Forklift drivers are needed to move pallets of products and materials in warehouses and industrial manufacturing environments. There are many great forklift jobs available for drivers who know how to operate sit down forklifts, stand up forklifts, cherry-pickers, and clamp and reach forklifts.


Assembly Worker Jobs

Assembly workers are needed in factories across Western North Carolina. Manufacturing employers hire industrial assemblers, sometimes called production operators, to work independently or with a team on a line to put together products. Both light industrial manufacturers and heavy industrial manufacturers offer assembly jobs.


Material Handler Jobs

A Material Handler lifts, moves, and loads materials and products either by hand or with a forklift or other equipment. Factories, warehouses, and other industrial businesses need material handlers to help manufacture goods and fulfill orders.


How Friday Services Can Help

These are just a few of the types of manufacturing and light industrial jobs that are available now to smart, motivated workers who are ready to start working now. If you have questions about which job might be right for you, please give us a call. As the premier staffing agency for industrial employers in Western North Carolina, we know what jobs are out there and how to help set workers up for success.

Our mission is to help people improve their lives by bringing them to the right job. To serve that mission, we offer support and resources that will help you get on the right path to meet your career goals. The best way we can help you on your path to one of these, or other hands-on jobs that pay well, is for us to find out more about you. Fill out our online application and we’ll get back to you within 24 business hours.






If you see a lot of potential in yourself – so do we! Start your job search and learn about the opportunities and benefits offered.


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