How a GED Can Help You Get a Job

Are there jobs you can get without a high school diploma or GED? Yes, but more and more employers are requiring a GED or high school diploma. In fact, only about 27 percent of US jobs don’t require a GED or diploma, which means that the vast majority of jobs do require one.

Getting a GED can open the door to many new opportunities. And with great online resources, you can get a GED and start applying for better jobs that will get you started down an exciting new career track.

Jobs You Can Get with a GED

The majority of industries have some types of jobs available for people with a high school education. Here is a list of some of the industries and types of jobs you can get with a GED.

Administrative Office Support

These jobs let you work in an office and use your general computer and literacy skills. Roles include: 

  • Administrative assistants or secretaries
  • Bill collectors
  • Customer service representatives
  • Financial clerks
  • Information clerks
  • Receptionists
  • Tellers

Arts

Artists can pursue work in crafts, fine art, or floral design.

Building and Grounds Cleaning

A GED can help get you work in: 

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Cleaning and janitorial roles
  • Pest control

Community and Social Services

A GED can help to get you a job as a: 

  • Community health worker
  • Social service assistant
  • Counselor (in some areas)

Construction, Installation, and Repair

You can work in and around land and buildings in many roles with a GED, including as a(n): 

  • Construction laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Glazier (window setter)
  • Ironworker
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Woodworker
  • Equipment operator
  • Installer of insulation, drywall, tile, or security systems 
  • Machinist
  • Masonry worker
  • Electrician

Look for apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs to learn a valuable trade.

Food Service and Preparation

Restaurants and catering companies often don’t even require a GED, so you might be ahead of some of your coworkers if you have one. Roles include: 

  • Bartender
  • Baker
  • Cook
  • Food prep worker
  • Waiter or other staff member

Forestry, Fishing, and Farming

These industries involve being outside and working with natural systems. Roles include: 

  • Farming equipment operator
  • Animal breeder
  • Hunter’s working hand or apprentice
  • Fishing deckhand

Healthcare and Personal Care 

You can assist in healthcare, which is one of the biggest industries in the US, with a GED. Roles include: 

  • Childcare worker
  • Nurse or healthcare assistant 
  • Aide in home health, occupational or physical therapy, personal care, or psychiatric settings

Legal

Legal professionals usually have a higher education, but you can work in the legal industry with a GED as a:

  • Title abstractor
  • Title examiner
  • Title searcher

Management

Managing others is a great way to earn more and experience greater responsibility. Start with a GED at an entry-level position, work hard, and learn a lot, and you may rise to a management role in industries such as: 

  • Food service
  • Agriculture or ranching
  • Real estate
  • Property management
  • Lodging

Protection

With a GED, you can apply for job roles that are responsible for protecting people, including: 

  • Bailiff
  • Correctional officer
  • Private detective
  • Security guard
  • Surveillance officer
  • Police officer (in some locations)

Sales

Motivated workers have been attracted to sales for centuries. It’s a way of directly affecting the income of companies. You can become quite valuable as a(n): 

  • Insurance salesperson
  • Manufacturing or wholesale salesperson
  • Retail sales representative
  • Cashier

Transportation

Meet a variety of people and see different areas with a transportation job, which can include: 

  • Aircraft cargo handling supervisor
  • Bus driver
  • Delivery truck driver
  • Taxi driver
  • Chauffeur
  • Marine oiler or sailor

The Sky is the Limit with a GED

If nothing on the list above is appealing to you, don’t worry. When you get your GED, you are opening doors for your future. Earning a GED can be a stepping stone to allow you to continue on to a college education or a certificate that may lead you to any job you want. The first step to all of this begins with earning your GED. 

 

29 Comments

    1. Hi Samiul! We’re happy you’re getting the GED. You would need to contact the Canadian government regarding a student visa. For more information, click here.

  1. So hypothetically by getting my GED now, I can enroll in college before I am supposed to graduate? This being said, will a GED be as effective as a diploma?

  2. Hi I Am Nayana
    Can I get admission in physical therapy after pass GED Give more information Please help me.

    1. Hi Nayana! Almost 98% of colleges in the U.S. accept the GED, meaning you could start a physical therapy program there after taking the GED!

    1. Hi Sanna! A GED may not be required but it will definitely be beneficial to have. It shows you have a high school proficiency and GED grads can earn on average $9,000 more than those without a diploma.

  3. Is the GED online test available in California? If you pass it online, what school accredited the certificate? What shows on the diploma/certificate ?

    1. Hi Luis! It is available online in California as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. It’s accredited by GED Testing Service, which is recognized by over 98% of colleges in the United States.

    1. Hi Carnell. You can get started by creating a free account at GED.com. From there you’ll find everything you need to pass the GED test including free study guides and other great study tools!

  4. Anything else in the medical field you can be? I always wanted to be a surgeon or a homocide detective 🕵️‍♀️

  5. Hi,

    My name is Alyssa Varela and I am 16 years old and school is just not for me. Would I be able to take the GED test?

  6. School has always been a huge struggle for me. I am now halfway through my sophomore year of high school, and it’s becoming very clear that this is just not something that will work for me. I want to be successful in life, and possibly have a job in interior design. Can I do these things with a GED?

    1. Hi Clare. We always suggest staying in school to get the best education you can. However, to answer your question, you could accomplish all of those things with a GED.

    1. Hi Terica! Yes you can attend college with your GED so you should be able to obtain one of these jobs.

  7. Hi my name is alex and I want to become a sheriff in colorado would I be able to when I get my GED.

    1. Hi Alex! You may be required to take courses beyond the GED, but getting your GED would be a great first step to following that career path.

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