Best Careers with a Two-Year Degree

Best Two-Year Degree Careers

You don't have to spend four years in college in order to qualify for a great career with good earning potential.

By Yahoo! Education Staff

What if someone told you that instead of going through four years of college, you could study for just two years and still be eligible for a variety of interesting careers with good earning potential?

Two years instead of four…

That means you could be starting your career two years faster, and possibly earning a good earning potential two years sooner.

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Check out six great careers you can prepare for with a two-year degree.

Career #1 - Human Resources Assistant
Degree: Associate's in Business Administration

Almost every organization - from businesses to educational institutions - needs a human resources staff to help take care of their workforce. If you think this is the career for you, you could try to geting your foot in the door by earning an associate's degree in business administration. As an HR assistant, you could help maintain employee records for your company, including employee benefits.

Average Earnings: The average annual salary for human resource assistants is $36,810.*

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Career #2 - Medical Assistant
Degree: Associate's in Medical Assisting

The U.S. Department of Labor anticipates a much faster than average growth in employment of medical assistants through 2018. To transition into this growing profession, a two-year associate's degree in medical assisting can be helpful. As a medical assistant you could be be responsible for administrative and clinical tasks in your office, including updating medical records and recording patient vital signs.

Average Earnings: The average annual salary for medical assistants is $28,300. Top earners average at more than $39,570 per year. Salaries for medical assistants vary depending on experience, skill level, and location.*

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Career #3 - Corporate Paralegal
Degree: Associate's in Paralegal Studies

Earning an associate's degree in paralegal studies is a potential path to this career and generally takes about two years to complete. The Department of Labor anticipates employment of paralegals will grow 28 percent from 2008-2018.

Average Earnings: According to PayScale.com's "Salary Snapshot for Corporate Paralegal Jobs", the salary range for corporate paralegals is $46,086-$70,260.*

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Career #4 - Web Designer
Degree: Associate's in Graphic Design

If you're passionate about web design, earning an associate's degree in graphic design could be the first step toward the creative career you crave. As a web designer, you could craft web sites targeted to reach your audience and communicate your client's message effectively and efficiently.

Average Earnings: According to PayScale.com's "Salary Snapshot for Web Designer Jobs", the salary range for web designers is $30,878-$50,918.*

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Career #5 - Bookkeeping Clerk
Degree: Associate's in Accounting

The Department of Labor anticipates over 210,000 new accounting positions will be created through 2018. A two-year associate's degree in accounting could be the first step towards a career in accounting. With this degree, you might be able to get your foot in the door as a bookkeeping clerk. Responsibilities often include maintaining accounting records, dealing with accounts payable, or even maintaining an entire company's books.

Average Earnings: The average annual salary of bookkeeping clerks is $32,510. Top earners average at more than $49,260.*

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Career #6 - Emergency or Trauma Nurse
Degree: Associate's in Nursing

Emergency and trauma nurses are registered nurses (RNs) that care for patients in life-threatening or emergency situations. Earning an associate's degree in nursing can help you gain the technical skills and clinical preparation you'll likely need in this profession. This degree program could also prepare you to take the license exam to transition into a career as an RN.

Average Earnings: According to PayScale.com's "Hourly Rate Snapshot for Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Room Jobs", the salary range for emergency nurses is $50,241-$73,271.*

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*Unless otherwise noted, all salary information represents May 2008 data and is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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