For those of you who already have or want to obtain an associates degree ( two years). Monster’s Salary Wizard has listed these 9 high-paying jobs and places the market data median salary for these positions at $45,000 or more which require associates’ degrees. The specialized areas are: healthcare, technology or trades job or the police academy.
The only downside to these positions, according to the managing director at Salary.Com, is that these specializations can be limiting and result in making your career efforts inflexible at a later date. In other words, if one of these positions particularly appeals to you, that is a good thing, but if you look for a career change, it might decrease your career opportunities.
It is recommended that you intern in these positions or participate in informational interviews so that you don’t invest the time and efforts put into your educational achievements.
Among the high-paying jobs you can land with an associates degree are:
Registered Nurse – a higher career flexibility but bachelor’s degrees may make the jobs available less plentiful for associates degrees. If you go this route, look for employment that supports additional education.
Dental Hygienist – can be full or part-time. Job skills will assist dentists and perform repetitive tasks.
Respiratory Therapist – May require only a 2-year course, but with tougher courses; ie, chemistry and anatomy. Work in hospitals; could require evening or weekend, shift work.
Programmer – Experience and certifications – a plus – along with knowledge of .Net, Visual Basic, C# or Java – salaries can range above $50,000.
Telecom Installer – Requires a lot of technical know-how, so you’ll need a two-year degree or trade-school certificate in electronics. Helpful if you join the Communications Workers of America or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Industrial Engineering Technician – Needs an associates degree in mechanical, electrical or industrial engineering from a program accredited by ABET. Industrial engineering techs earn the most, but salaries for electrical engineering techs aren’t far behind.
Police Officer – You can be hired on a local force if you have a high school diploma and can pass an agility test, but federal law-enforcement jobs require a college degree. Not only do police officers and sheriff’s officers make good salaries (especially with overtime options), but they can also retire after 20 or 25 years in some jurisdictions.
HVAC Mechanic – Can get HVAC training from a technical school or community college, you can get into this field with just a high school diploma by doing an apprenticeship — in fact some states require HVAC professionals to do an apprenticeship before sitting for a licensing exam. You’ll also need to become certified to handle refrigerants. An HVAC job with local government may be your best bet for a solid salary.
Paralegal – Most paralegals get into the field by earning an associates degree or a certificate. Reading, research, writing and organizing for attorneys are musts for this job. The highest-paying jobs for paralegals are usually at large law firms located in high-cost areas or in corporate legal entities.
Marie Coppola August 2020
Ref: Dona DeZube, Monster Finance Careers Expert http://career-advice.charleston.monster.com/salary-benefits/careers.aspx