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  • 23 High-Paying Jobs That You Can Get With An Associate's Degree

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    brain scanFor those who don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's degree, several two-year associate's degrees have a high return on investment and may actually be the better option.
    According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the 23 highest-paying jobs that require only an associate's degree. Each has a median annual salary of at least $51,000.
    Many of the jobs on this list are in the fields of health care, technology, or skilled labor.
    The median annual wages listed are calculated to include hourly, weekly, and annual pay, as well as sales commissions and production bonuses. Overtime wages are not included in the data. We also provided the expected job openings through 2022 and the work experience or on-the-job training needed for a particular job.23. Mechanical engineering technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $51,980
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 12,100
    Work experience: None
    Description: Design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    22. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $52,070
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 23,000
    Work experience: None
    Description: Use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments in patients. 
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    21. Physical therapist assistants
    Median annual wage (2012): $52,160
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 45,100
    Work experience: None
    Description: Help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries regain movement and manage pain.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Page 2 of 6 - 20. Geological and petroleum technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $52,700
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,100
    Work experience: None
    Description: Provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    19. Occupational therapy assistants
    Median annual wage (2012): $53,240
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 20,500
    Work experience: None
    Description: Aides work under the direction of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    18. Radiologic technologists
    Median annual wage (2012): $54,620
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 69,600
    Work experience: None
    Description: Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    17. Avionics technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $55,350
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,000
    Work experience: None
    Description: Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    16. Electrical and electronics drafters
    Median annual wage (2012): $55,700
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 6,800
    Work experience: None
    Description: Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.
    Page 3 of 6 - On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    15. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $57,850
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 30,400
    Work experience: None
    Description: Help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    14. Computer network support specialists
    Median annual wage (2012): $59,090
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 39,600
    Work experience: None
    Description: Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    13. Engineering technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $59,440
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 14,600
    Work experience: None
    Description: Solve technical problems. Some help engineers and scientists do research and development.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    12. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $61,530
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 2,100
    Work experience: None
    Description: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    11. Web developer
    Median annual wage (2012): $62,500
    Page 4 of 6 - Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,700
    Work experience: None
    Description: Design, create, and modify websites.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    10. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists
    Median annual wage (2012): $65,360
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,300
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    9. Registered nurse
    Median annual wage (2012): $65,470
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 1,052,600
    Work experience: None
    Description: Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    8. Diagnostic medical sonographers
    Median annual wage (2012): $65,860
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 35,300
    Work experience: None
    Description: Use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    7. Funeral service directors
    Median annual wage (2012): $66,720
    Degree required: Associate's degree
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 3,200
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. 
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Page 5 of 6 - 6. Nuclear technicians
    Median annual wage (2012): $69,069
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 4,100
    Work experience: None
    Description: Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production.
    On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    5. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
    Median annual wage (2012): $70,060
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 50,300
    Work experience: Less than five years
    Description: Coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    4. Nuclear medicine technologists
    Median annual wage (2012): $70,180
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 7,200
    Work experience: None
    Description: Use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    3. Dental hygienists
    Median annual wage (2012): $70,210
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 113,500
    Work experience: None
    Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.
    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    2. Radiation therapists
    Median annual wage (2012): $77,560
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 8,400
    Work experience: None
    Description: Check equipment, observe patients’ reactions to treatment, and document the session.
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    On-the-job training: None
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    1. Air traffic controller
    Median annual wage (2012): $122,530
    Projected job openings (through 2022): 11,400
    Work experience: None
    Description: Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft. Median annual wages of air traffic controllers are the highest of any occupation in which workers typically do not need a bachelor’s degree.
    On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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