They say that education is the great equalizer, but given the incredible spike in college costs, it can be hard to justify the investment. But you don’t need a master’s degree to get a good job — often, an associate’s degree, or a two-year degree of some kind, can be well worth the asking price.
Amazingly enough, you can get a pretty solid job with nothing more than a high school diploma, or GED. But if you’re willing to put in the work and monetary investment required to earn a college degree — and in this case, an associate’s degree — your earnings potential is that much higher. There are a slew of college degrees, associate’s degrees among them, that are incredibly useful, and that can launch your career to the next level. It’s really just a matter of stepping up, finding funding solutions if needed, and hitting the books.
To figure out which associate’s degree offered the most opportunities for career advancement and increasing earnings, we dug through PayScale’s annual College Salary Report. By looking at a couple of different markers — including early-career pay, and mid-career pay — PayScale calculated the ultimate earnings potential of each associate’s degree.
Let’s take a closer look at the seven best jobs you can get with an associate’s degree.