A master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree, the New York Times declared in a 2011 article about “credential inflation”: Jobs that once required only a four-year college degree now require at least a few years of grad school. Presumably, that means a bachelor’s degree is the new associate’s degree. So where does leave the poor associate’s? Fear not! CareerBuilder recently assembled a list of the top-paying jobs that require only an associate’s degree.
Here’s the list of jobs and average salaries from CareerBuilding and Economic Modeling Specialists, which uses data from almost 100 employment resources. Various employers have different requirements, of course, but this is a great place to start for people with an associate’s degree who are wondering if they’ll be able to hit the workforce without another degree.
- Air Traffic Controller – $113,547
- Radiation Therapist – $76,627
- Dental Hygienist - $70,408
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist - $69,638
- Nuclear Technician - $68,037
- Nurse - $65,853
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - $65,499
- Fashion Designer - $63,170
- Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician - $61,547
- Engineering Technician (except drafters) - $58,698
Go forth and earn! (Or, you know, stay in school? People with bachelor’s degrees still tend to earn significantly more than those with associate’s degrees. Sorry to be a buzzkill.)