What jobs can you get with a GED?


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People with a GED may be able to find work as customer service representatives, retail salespeople or truck drivers. However, they may find it easier to get a job with some kind of certification or post-secondary training or education, according to a February 2012 article on the National Public Radio website.

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The GED (General Educational Development) test has its roots in the World War II job market. It was originally designed to help soldiers returning from the war transition into other careers. However, in the post-WWII job market, it served as a second chance at getting a high school diploma, allowing people to gain a qualification equivalent to a diploma.

In the modern economy, it can be hard to find a job with a GED alone. Many employers place more importance on a high school diploma than a GED. However, getting a GED can be a good stepping stone into further job training. A GED can give people the qualifications they need to enroll in a vocational program, college course or certification program.

Some jobs may also allow workers to gain experience through on-the-job training. For example, truck drivers, office clerks or repair workers may be able to learn on the job. Carpenters, electricians, cooks or pharmacy technicians can often do apprenticeships or longer on-the-job training programs. Estheticians, medical assistants, orderlies or fitness trainers may be able to take shorter college courses or complete training programs to gain entry into their fields, notes Career Builder.

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