10 Highest Paying Associate Degrees

If you are in high school or at a community college debating whether or not you want to go to a four-year university, consider these associate degrees.

The following jobs require only an associates degree and they can really make you a ridiculous amounts of money. Keep in mind, these salaries and projected growths are based on research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the United States Department of Labor. With that said, read on and entertain the possibilities.

10. Computer Network Support Specialist

Salary: $62,250

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 36,900

Description: Computer network support specialists work with routers, switches and computer databases. Since computer networking is a bit more complicated than general IT, it pays more in terms of the starting salary and can scale up even higher with 3-5 years of work experience.

9. Web Developers

Salary: $64,970

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 58,600

Description: Web developers mainly revolve around using Word Press, Dreamweaver and a little bit of HTML. The process usually starts with the web developer setting up Word Press account along with hosting for the client. Followed by purchasing a descent template and then building up from there according to what the client wants. The most important aspects of web development are design, response rate and hosting.

8. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician

Salary: $66,180

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 3,200

Description: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians work on and maintain the equipment that is used to produce new aircraft as well as spaceships. They use computer modeling as well as simulations to help them in their line of work.

7. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Salary: $68,970

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 27,500

Description: A diagnostic medical sonographer will prepare patients for the exam, explain the them what the exam is all about and report the results to both patients as well as the physicians. Lifting patients into the correct position may be also required on some occasions.

6. Funeral Service Manager

Salary: $70,890

Previous experience: Less than 5 years

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 7,400

Description: Funeral service managers will offer comfort, counseling and support to the friends and family of the deceased. They will work on arranging the funeral details including services, casket selection, and obituary notice wording. Funeral managers will also monitor administrative support and repair of the funeral homes.

5. Dental Hygienist

Salary: $72,330

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 70,300

Description: Dental hygienists will work under a licensed dentist. They deal mainly with the basic dental care tasks associated with cleaning the patient’s teeth and making sure their gums are clean. They also run x-rays, initial setup with the patient and when the dentist comes along, they assist them in their work.

4. Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Salary: $73,360

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 4,200

Description: Nuclear medicine technologists run machines that generate images of specific areas in a person’s body. They also prepare and administer radioactive drugs to patients, which cause the abnormal parts in the human body (such as cancer) to appear differently and allow its discovery as well as early treatment.

3. Radiation Therapist

Salary: $80,220

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: None

Projected job openings through 2024: 6,200

Description: Radiation therapists operate a type of machines called the linear accelerators. These machines deliver radiation therapy to patients with caner by directing high-energy x-rays at a specific cancer cell to shrink and remove it.

2. Nuclear Technician

Salary: $80,260

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate term on-the-job training

Projected job openings through 2024: 2,800

Description: Nuclear technicians work in nuclear power plants and assist engineers, physicists as well as other nuclear research operators. They operate special equipment (such as nuclear reactors) and monitor radiation levels that are produced within them. Working in these environments requires big safety measures to take place in order to avoid exposure to radiation, therefore strict compliance is always enforced.

1. Air Traffic Controllers

Salary: $122,950

Previous experience: None

On-the-job training: Long term on-the-job training

Projected job openings through 2024: 7,500

Description: Although many people think that air traffic controllers work in the control towers of the airport, they actually work primarily in area control centers. Their responsibility revolves around helping the aircraft be en-route using radar to track it’s precise position and keeping it on the right track within the airspace by providing the best route. It requires long term on-the-job training but also pays the highest salary.

This concludes the list of ten top paying jobs with an associate’s degree. Do any of these jobs suit you? Do you still want to pursue a four-year degree or did you end up changing your mind after all? Let us know in the comments and we will respond.

 

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