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The article “Careers with Associates Degree” talks about popular associate degrees which prepare students for rewarding careers and act as a fast track to a lucrative career. This article briefs about …

The article “Careers with Associates Degree” talks about popular associate degrees which prepare students for rewarding careers and act as a fast track to a lucrative career. This article briefs about associate’s degree programs in nursing, medical specialties, computer programming, respiratory therapy, surgical technologist, computer technology & networking and the careers that these associates degree prepares the students for.

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  • 1. Careers with an Associate’s DegreeIn the current economy, employment opportunities are dwindling and there is grave uncertainty regardingthe future for many high school graduates. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find stable, well-payingemployment opportunities, especially if you want to throw in “job satisfaction” as a criterion as well. Acollege degree can give you an edge over the hordes of other applicants; however, investing time andmoney into a four-year bachelor’s degree may not be an option for everyone.As bleak as things may look, don’t abandon hope just quite yet. One way to stand out among otherapplicants, gain the skills necessary for entering your chosen profession, and even increase yourprospective paycheck and potential career stability is getting an associate’s degree.An associate’s degree takes much less time to complete than a bachelor’s degree—approximately twoyears versus the four years a bachelor’s degree usually takes. This can mean that you may end uppaying less and can start working that much sooner. Moreover, an associate’s degree is a greatintroduction to any area you think you might want to pursue; in the span of those two years you can trulyevaluate whether or not you want to pursue a career in the field you’re studying.There are several professions you can pursue with an associate’s degree. According to the Bureau ofLabor Statistics, with an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited college, you can become aregistered nurse, earn up to $62,450 a year, depending on location, education, and experience, and enjoya greater degree of career stability than many other careers. This degree is designed to train you to passthe required NCLEX-RN exam and can give you the practical and theoretical foundation required toperform the role of a registered nurse. Medical specialties degree holders, LPNs, and those who havetaken the SLE exam can earn Associate’s Degree in Nursing Education to increase their employmentopportunities and move up to the status of a registered nurse.An Associate’s in Medical Specialties or Respiratory Therapy degree is a great option too. Healthcare isone of the biggest industries in terms of employment right now; it is projected to generate over 3.2 millionjobs between 2008 and 2018.* With an Associate’s in Medical Specialties degree, you will becomethoroughly familiar with laboratory and coding procedures and be qualified to pursue employment as amedical assistant. An Associate’s in Respiratory Therapy degree will qualify you to pursue a position as arespiratory therapist. In 2008, respiratory therapists held approximately 105,900 jobs, and earned anaverage of $52,200. By 2018, the jobs held by respiratory therapists are projected to increase by 21percent, which is much faster than the average profession.**You can qualify to pursue entry-level positions and potentially lucrative careers with an associate’s degreein Computer Science as well. Depending on whether you choose to focus on networking or programming,an associate degree in Information Technology can equip you for entry-level IT positions in webdevelopment, computer programming, database design, computer repair, and networking. This degreecan also give you a solid foundation in the IT industry, hence preparing you to pursue a Bachelor’s degreein Computer Science as well as prepare for any certifications you may want to look at in the future.So all in all, for a quick boost to your employment opportunities, a strong foundation in your chosencareer, and greater chances of career growth, think about pursuing an associate’s degree.Source:***