A Bachelor’s degree is the goal for most post-secondary students and there are studies which support the idea that a four-year degree will pay off in terms of income and job security. However, that’s not true of all four-year degrees, so you have to pick the right major. So, what happens if you can’t find a major you like, or don’t have the time and money to invest in a four-year program. Fortunately, there are several great two-year programs which can lead to well-paying jobs with excellent potential for future growth. You’ll also be able to join the workforce earlier which means you’ll start gaining experience in your field much sooner.
What Is An Associate Degree?
A two-year degree, or associate degree, is generally half the course load of a four-year program, or bachelor’s degree. In some cases, an associate degree helps students prepare for a bachelor’s degree, and in others it gives students the necessary technical and academic knowledge, to go directly into a profession. There are several careers which are in high-demand and only require a two-year program of study.
These associate degree programs show great promise in terms of salary and job growth:
Criminal Justice: A degree in criminal justice can help you find employment in a variety of law enforcement jobs. While police officers make up the bulk of the criminal justice professionals working in law enforcement, there are other career options such as crime scene forensics, probation officer, corrections officer, fish and game warden, and fraud investigator.
Accounting: While some people do continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, it is possible to find a good job with an associate degree. Bookkeeping, payroll administrator, assistant controller, tax preparer, and accounting assistant, are just some of the career options available. The accounting field continues to grow and is expected to grow 10% by 2026.
Information Technology / Computer Support Specialist: The computer field shows no signs of slowing down. According to a survey by Career Cast, jobs in the computer science field are rated one of the most satisfying jobs in North America. The wide-spread use of computers and information technology continues to generate a need for highly trained workers. This is one area which is poised for continued growth.s
Construction Management: Continued growth in the building sector makes a career in construction management extremely attractive. This field is expected to grow 11% by 2026, because building processes are increasingly complex and there is a need for specialized personnel.
Small Business Management: There continues to be growing interest in starting a small business, rather than working in a traditional career. In fact, there are over 1.1 million small businesses in Canada, and of those, 55% have fewer than four employees. A program focusing on small business management will teach the important basics of starting and running your own business.
You have more options than ever when it comes to your choice of program at NAU Canada Online. It’s no longer necessary to commit to a four-year program, hoping that you will achieve a return on your investment of time and money. By earning an associate degree you’ll save money on your educational costs and start recouping your investment much sooner.
At NAU Canada Online, we offer several associate degree programs which can get you started on the path to a rewarding and well-paying career.
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