STEM Careers That Don’t Require 4-year Degrees

By Kayla Hewitt
Team of one women architect and two men architects on a construction site. They are looking at laptop computer. They are discussing about their project. Shot from above.

If you’re seeking a career in a STEM field without a four-year degree, it may seem as if there are no opportunities out there for you. With the rising costs of university, getting your degree may not be an option, but that does not mean you can’t follow your passion for STEM. Check out this list of STEM jobs that only require two-year college degrees, industry certification or apprenticeship.

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Computer Programmer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Technician
  • Electrician
  • Graphic Designer
  • HVAC Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Network Systems
  • Administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Plumber
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Web Developer

Find out more information about paths to STEM careers.


Kayla Hewitt is a contributing writer for Our Children Magazine. 

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