What Jobs can you do if you have little or no experience or credentials?

Not all well-paid jobs require years of experience or expensive education after high school, which in many cases makes student loans necessary. Read on to know the best entry-level jobs you could choose from.  

Some entry-level jobs pay quite well, and many offers paid on-the-job training or apprenticeships too. The jobs on this list require no formal certificates, degrees, or licenses, but most demand at least some on-the-job training or apprenticeship work.

If you are looking for your first job, have lost your regular job recently, or are wanting a change in your career, here are some options that are worth analyzing.

Flight Attendant

To apply for a job as a flight attendant you will need a high school diploma or equivalent, will have 3 to 6 weeks of on-the-job training and continued employment is contingent upon receipt of FAA Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency (renewed annually). If you love traveling and don't mind being away from your house often, this is a great choice.

Sales Representative

To get a job as a sales representative you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent and different jobs will have diverse training requirements. However, as there are no education and employment prerequisites, if you have finished high school and like working with people, and don’t mind learning about the product you are selling, this is an excellent option for you. 

Dental & Ophthalmic Lab Technician

To work as a dental and ophthalmic lab technician you will need a high school diploma or equivalent.

The BLS (Bureau of Labour Statistics) throws together “dental and ophthalmic lab technicians” with “medical appliance technicians” to form a diverse medical niche expected to support nearly 100,000 jobs by 2028.

Lengthy on-the-job training modules compensate for lax education and experience prerequisites, but the knowledge that the appliances and devices you’re creating will measurably improve patients’ quality of life may well compensate for the dreary lab environment.


To be a landscaper you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent and some employers may prefer landscape, horticulture, or related post-secondary coursework.

Entry-level landscaping jobs require no credentials and very little onboarding; a week under the tutelage of a supervisor is sufficient for most gigs. Grounds maintenance workers in more specialized settings, such as formal gardens and golf courses, may require more training or credentials, which can usually be obtained, often with the employer’s assistance, while working full-time. 

Pest Control Worker

To be a pest control worker you will need a high school diploma or equivalent and in some cases, state licenses may be required.

If you don’t mind confined spaces, pest control is a potentially rewarding line of work that’s easy to learn on the job. Depending on your employer’s specialty – termites, rodents, lawn pests, and so on – you’ll receive appropriate on-the-job training within a few months. You can obtain any required state or local pest control licenses while you work.

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