What Are Some of the Highest-Paying Jobs That Only Require a Two-Year Degree?


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Some top-paying jobs that require only an associate degree include air traffic controller jobs, which pay a median salary of $108,040, and construction manager jobs, which pay a median salary of $83,860, as of 2012. Other good-paying jobs that require two-year degrees include registered nurse jobs, which pay a median of $65,000 per year, and medical sonographer jobs, which pay a median of $64,000 per year. Dental hygienist jobs also pay nicely, with median salaries of $68,250 per year.

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A radiation therapist needs only a two-year degree to break into the field and make a median wage of $74,980 per year. Nuclear medicine technologist jobs, which also require two-year degrees, pay an average of $68,560. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians make around $58,080 per year, while electrical and electronic engineering technicians make around $56,040, rounding out the top 10 highest-paying jobs requiring two-year degrees.

Respiratory therapists make from $38,639 to $71,092 per year and require only an associate degree. Paralegal jobs require just two years training and pay from $28,244 to $65,166 per year. Programmers, telecom installers, industrial engineering technicians, police officers and HVAC mechanics are other good-paying jobs obtainable with two-year associate degree credentials. Each of these jobs pay a median salary of $45,000 or more.

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