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Occupations

Jobs Permitted in Lieu of Minimum Education Requirement

The US Government considers the following occupations to require 2 years of training or education to perform. If you have not completed your high school education or its equivalent but are employed in any of the following occupations (or an occupation that is similar to any of those listed below), then you are qualified to participate in the Green Card Lottery.

If you have completed your high school education or its equivalent, you are automatically qualified to participate in the Green Card Lottery. You do not need to be employed in any of the occupations listed below.

  • Accountants
  • Actuaries
  • Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Agricultural Crop Farm Managers
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • Agricultural Inspectors
  • Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aircraft Engine Specialists
  • Airframe-and-Power-Plant Mechanics
  • Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Animal Scientists
  • Anthropologists
  • Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Appraisers, Real Estate
  • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
  • Archeologists
  • Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
  • Architectural Drafters
  • Archivists
  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Art Directors
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Assessors
  • Astronomers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Audiologists
  • Audio-Visual Collections Specialists
  • Auditors
  • Aviation Inspectors
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Biochemists
  • Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Biologists
  • Biophysicists
  • Boat Builders and Shipwrights
  • Boilermakers
  • Bookbinders
  • Broadcast News Analysts
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Budget Analysts
  • Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians
  • Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
  • Camera Operators
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Carpet Installers
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Cartoonists
  • Ceiling Tile Installers
  • Central Office and PBX Installers and Repairers
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Chemists
  • Child Support, Missing Persons, and Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigators
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  • Chiropractors
  • Choreographers
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Civil Engineers
  • Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Clergy
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Commercial Pilots
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Composers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Computer Security Specialists
  • Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Construction Carpenters
  • Construction Managers
  • Copy Writers
  • Coroners
  • Cost Estimators
  • Costume Attendants
  • Counseling Psychologists
  • Creative Writers
  • Credit Analysts
  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
  • Curators
  • Custom Tailors
  • Dancers
  • Data Processing Equipment Repairers
  • Database Administrators
  • Dentists, General
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • Dot Etchers
  • Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Economists
  • Editors
  • Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  • Education Administrators, Postsecondary
  • Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
  • Electrical Drafters
  • Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • Electronic Masking System Operators
  • Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Electrotypers and Stereotypers
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Elevator Installers and Repairers
  • Embalmers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
  • English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Engraver Set-Up Operators
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Epidemiologists
  • Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers
  • Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  • Exhibit Designers
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Farm and Home Management Advisors
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Film Laboratory Technicians
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Examiners
  • Financial Managers, Branch or Department
  • Fire Investigators
  • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
  • First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Logging Workers
  • First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors- Construction Trades Workers
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
  • Fish Hatchery Managers
  • Fitters, Structural Metal- Precision
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Food Service Managers
  • Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
  • Foresters
  • Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Funeral Directors
  • Gas Appliance Repairers
  • Gas Compressor Operators
  • Geographers
  • Geologists
  • Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
  • Government Service Executives
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Graphic Designers
  • Hand Compositors and Typesetters
  • Health Educators
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Historians
  • History Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Housekeeping Supervisors
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Hydrologists
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Interior Designers
  • Internists, General
  • Jewelers
  • Job Printers
  • Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
  • Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Landscape Architects
  • Law Clerks
  • Lawn Service Managers
  • Lawyers
  • Librarians
  • Loan Counselors
  • Loan Officers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Machinists
  • Management Analysts
  • Marine Architects
  • Marine Cargo Inspectors
  • Marine Engineers
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Marketing Managers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Materials Scientists
  • Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Mathematical Technicians
  • Mathematicians
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Mechanical Inspectors
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Medical and Public Health Social Workers
  • Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
  • Meeting and Convention Planners
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Metal Fabricators, Structural Metal Products
  • Microbiologists
  • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  • Millwrights
  • Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
  • Model Makers, Wood
  • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
  • Music Arrangers and Orchestrators
  • Music Directors
  • Musicians, Instrumental
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  • Nuclear Engineers
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists
  • Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Offset Lithographic Press Setters and Set-Up Operators
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Optical Instrument Assemblers
  • Opticians, Dispensing
  • Optometrists
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Painters and Illustrators
  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Park Naturalists
  • Paste-Up Workers
  • Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
  • Patternmakers, Wood
  • Pediatricians, General
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Petroleum Refinery and Control Panel Operators
  • Pewter Casters and Finishers
  • Pharmacists
  • Photoengravers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicists
  • Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Pilots, Ship
  • Pipe Fitters
  • Plant Scientists
  • Plasterers and Stucco Masons
  • Plate Finishers
  • Podiatrists
  • Poets and Lyricists
  • Police Detectives
  • Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Political Scientists
  • Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
  • Potters
  • Power Distributors and Dispatchers
  • Power Generating Plant Operators, Except Auxiliary Equipment Operators
  • Precision Pattern and Die Casters, Nonferrous Metals
  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Pressure Vessel Inspectors
  • Private Sector Executives
  • Producers
  • Product Safety Engineers
  • Program Directors
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
  • Prosthodontists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Public Transportation Inspectors
  • Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products
  • Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Radiologic Technicians
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
  • Range Managers
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Reed or Wind Instrument Repairers and Tuners
  • Refrigeration Mechanics
  • Registered Nurses
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities
  • Sales Engineers
  • Sales Managers
  • Scanner Operators
  • Sculptors
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
  • Set Designers
  • Ship and Boat Captains
  • Ship Engineers
  • Signal and Track Switch Repairers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Soil Conservationists
  • Soil Scientists
  • Special Education Teachers, Middle School
  • Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
  • Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Station Installers and Repairers, Telephone
  • Statisticians
  • Stonemasons
  • Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Strippers
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Surgeons
  • Surveying Technicians
  • Surveyors
  • Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
  • Technical Directors/Managers
  • Technical Writers
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • Traffic Technicians
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Transformer Repairers
  • Transportation Managers
  • Treasurers, Controllers, and Chief Financial Officers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Veterinarians
  • Vocational Education Teachers Postsecondary
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Welder-Fitters
  • Wellhead Pumpers
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists