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What is Your Earning Potential with an Associate’s Degree?

It may come as a surprise, but your ideal job may not require a bachelor’s degree. Some professions require an associate’s degree, attainable after just two years of schooling.

Some of the careers are in the trades, so schools that offer the required degree are sometimes called trade schools, technical schools, or even career colleges. Here are some of the jobs an associate’s degree will prepare you to pursue:

Auto Mechanic

Some may not view a career as a mechanic as glamorous, but job satisfaction has nothing to do with flashiness. If you like to figure out mechanical systems and fix things, you’re a good candidate for this profession. Even better, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) employment in this field is expected to grow 9% between 2012 and 2022 and the median annual salary of automotive service technician and mechanics in 2012 was $36,610.

HVAC Technician

Most homes and businesses have heating, air conditioning, or both – and all of those machines need to be fixed and maintained on a regular basis. The requirements for becoming an HVAC technician vary by state, but licensing is involved in most cases. Work in this field requires traveling to customers’ locations to fix or help install HVAC equipment. While most techs don’t do a lot of customer service, some social graces are required since you’ll be meeting the customers on the way in and out of their homes or businesses. According to the BLS, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers earned a median annual wage of $68,990 in 2012.

Medical Assistant

Medical assisting can take the form of direct interaction with patients or it can be an administrative job that deals with things like billing. Those who interact with patients will do simple medical tasks like taking blood pressure, getting people’s medical histories, or taking blood samples. Billers, on the other hand, may deal with patients on the phone but will spend more time talking to insurance companies and preparing paperwork. According to the BLS, in 2012 medical assistants earned a median salary of $29,370 and employment of medical assistants is expected to grow an impressive 29% between 2012 and 2022.

Institutions like Vatterott College are great places to earn trade-oriented associates degrees because they focus on preparing you for an immediate career. Vatterott has courses for all of the trades mentioned here as well as other exciting and growing fields. Give them a call and take your first steps toward a new career.


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