There may come a point in time in your life where you decide what you are going to school for, is no longer what you want to do with your life. You may end up with a four year degree but may find out later on that you can't find a job in your field. What can you do? Well, there are actually a good amount of careers out there that only require you to have a two year degree, and they pay pretty decently. Often times people will go and get a four year degree, and then go back to a community college to grab an associates degree as well. They tend to be much cheaper than universities, and can leave you with more options in finding a job out of college. According to this article that I found, there are eight common careers that only require a two year degree Here are a few of them..
My best friend's mother (my second mom) home schooled her children for quite some time, and once her children made the switch to public school, she decided to go back to school to get an associates degree. She decided to become an X-Ray technician. After attending a community college for two years, she got her degree and is now working in Bangor. According to the article above, X-Ray technicians can make upwards of $50,000 a year. Not bad considering a semester of community college runs somewhere around $1,000-$1,500 a year.
Computer Support Specialist
Do you have a love for computers? Can you answer anyone's question about fixing a computer? Can you build your own computer and make it run correctly? You may want to consider looking into going and getting an associates degree in computer support. This position can range anywhere from an IT guy at a company, to a help desk position. Granted, staring at a computer screen each day could get a bit painful for your eyes some days, the position could take your love of technology into some cold hard cash. The article says that a position in this field could earn you anywhere from $46,000 to $60,000. Given the fact that I went to school for journalism and the average salary of a journalist is about the same as a McDonald's manager, I would say this is a worthwhile degree to pursue.
One of the great things about Myspace in its "hay day" is that it pretty much taught everyone on it to become a web designer. I don't think many of my friends didn't know at least a little bit of HTML code or manipulating web pages to look certain ways. In today's day in age, many companies are looking to revamp their website and create a sleeker and faster working website. Much like the computer support specialist, this job requires that you are in front of a screen for substantial amounts of time, but it also can mean a good deal of cash in your wallet. If you are a good web designer, you really don't have a limit to how much you can make. If you decide to be your own boss, you set the prices and can make quite a bit of money each year.
These are just three of the eight high paying jobs that you can get with a two year degree. If you think a four year degree is the only option to find a good job, think again. You may end up finding a career you love with an associates degree. I'm not saying ditch the four year degree you are pursuing, but it's never a bad idea to have more than one plan right?
Do you have an associates degree?