High-paying jobs that require an associate's degree or less
While many high-paying jobs require an advanced degree, there are several professions that allow students to earn good salaries with an associate's degree or less, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The top occupation on the news source's list is a registered dental hygienist. To qualify for this position, students must earn a certificate from a two-year, college-level program that is endorsed by the American Dental Association Commission of Dental Accreditation. Once they receive their license, they must pass national and regional exams.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of dental hygiene is growing rapidly, with the number of job opportunities expected to grown by 36 percent by 2018. Moreover, the median annual pay for someone working in this profession was $66,570 in 2008, with the top 10 percent of earners bringing home more than $91,470.
Students who are looking to earn a degree that takes fewer than four years to complete can also choose to study nursing. The basic qualification to become a registered nurse is an associate's degree from a nursing school or other accredited program, which is typically completed in two to three years.
In addition, nurses who want to advance their careers further can obtain higher degrees online once they begin working.