Take the First Step
You don’t have to set your sights on a Bachelor’s degree—the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites and tracks nearly 100 occupations that require only an Associate degree, post-secondary certificate, or some college courses to jump in at entry level.v
Over 65% of these occupations are projected to grow between 2021 and 2031.v The BLS predicts that during that time, there will be 117,800 new job openings for Medical Assistants, 72,900 for Preschool Teachers, 64,900 for Nursing Assistants, and 56,400 for Computer Support Specialists.v
Why Earn an Associate Degree or Non-Degree Certificate?
- Spend Less Time
Associate degree programs are often designed to be completed in just two years of full-time study versus four years for a traditional Bachelor’s degree. And many non-degree certificate programs may take less than a year to complete.vi
- No Experience Necessary
Many of the fastest growing jobs that require an Associate degree or post-secondary certificate for entry don’t require previous experience. Some require on-the-job training, but you’re less likely to need internships or specific prior work experience.v
- Room to Grow
Credits earned toward an Associate degree may be transferable to a Bachelor’s degree program. If you’re considering a four-year degree, talk to an admissions advisor so you know what your transfer options may be.
vhttps://www.bls.gov/ooh/occupation-finder.htm | vihttps://www.bls.gov/emp/documentation/nem-definitions.htm | Based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Accessed 5/4/2022.