15 Jobs That Only Require an Associate’s Degree

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With the rising costs of going to college and the decline of “low-skill jobs,” it can be hard to find work as a college student. While no one can downplay the importance of getting a college degree and an advanced education, there are certain jobs in today’s world that don’t require a master’s or bachelor’s degree. Here are 15 jobs to consider if you have earned your associate’s degree and are looking for work to add some money to your bank account.


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Insurance Sales Agents

Who doesn’t need car or life insurance? You could become an insurance agent with just a high school diploma.

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Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory therapists make an average salary of about $55,250 a year.

Dental Hygienists

With just an associate’s degree, as a dental hygienist you could possibly make $69,000 a year.

Physical Therapist Assistants

With an associate’s degree, you can become a physical therapist assistant and make about $51,000 a year.

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Radiology Technicians

Radiology is an interesting field and with just an associate’s degree, you could become a technician or technologist.



To become a registered nurse, you only need an associate’s degree.

Sales Representatives

Sales reps can easily bring in plenty of money with just an associate’s degree.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Sonographers only need an associate’s degree to begin working.


Construction Managers

Construction managers can make a solid $84,000 a year with just an associate’s degree.

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Administrative Services Managers

Becoming an administrative service manager with an associate’s degree could land you a $79,540 salary.


Police Officers & Detectives

To become a police officer or police detective, you only need a high school diploma.

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Fashion Designer

A high school diploma can help you land the job as a fashion designer and on your way to earning plenty of money.

Practical & Vocational Nurses

Practical and vocational only require a post secondary non-degree award.

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Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers can make a six-figure salary with just an associate’s degree.

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