Expenses associated with a four year college degree have gone through the roof. With the average annual cost for tuition and room and board charged for full-time undergraduate students in 4-year degree-granting institutions for the 2010-2011 academic year at $15,605, many parents and students are looking at their local community colleges and 2-year degrees for more viable alternatives.
A recent study by the financial literacy website NerdWallet and shared by NBC News showed that jobs requiring only a two-year associate’s degree will have the highest average growth through 2020.
“The common, accepted advice is to go to school for four years or longer, but there are great opportunities to go for less time and still get a high return on your investment,” says Joseph Audette, VP of financial literacy and education at NerdWallet.
“It’s not just about going to college. It’s about going with a plan for success.”
Another interesting fact about some of the employment opportunities available with only an associate’s degree is that some of those jobs are paying better than those available with a bachelor’s degree.
So what are the ten best paying jobs one could get with a two-year associate’s degree?
Here’s the complete list according to NBC News:
- Air Traffic Controllers, Median Salary: $108,040.
Job Description: coordinate the flight paths of planes.
- Construction Managers, Median Salary: $83,860.
Job Description: plan and supervise construction projects.
- Radiation Therapists, Median Salary: $74,980.
Job Description: administer radiation treatments to patients suffering from cancer and other diseases.
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Median Salary: $68,560.
Job Description: scan patients, and prepare and administer radioactive drugs.
- Dental Hygienists, Median Salary: $68,250.
Job Description: clean teeth, examine patients and provide preventative dental care.
- Nuclear Technicians, Median Salary: $68,090.
Job Description: assist physicists and engineers with nuclear research and nuclear production.
- Registered Nurses, Median Salary: $64,690.
Job Description: provide and coordinate patient care.
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Median Salary: $64,380.
Job Description: administer sonograms to diagnose medical conditions.
- Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians, Median Salary: $58,080.
Job Description: operate and maintain equipment used in aircraft and spacecraft production.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians, Median Salary: $56,040.
Job Description: help engineers design and develop electronic equipment.
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