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20 high-paying jobs you can get with a 2-year degree

Don't have a 4-year degree? Not to worry. There are plenty of great jobs that don't require one.   
If you could spend $20,000 a year at a public university or $3,750 a year at a community college, which would you choose? What if we said you could earn a six-digit income by going to the cheaper school?
Living on a campus and earning a bachelor’s degree seems like the all-American way to get a college education. But consider this: the College Board says that will set you back an average of $20,770 for the 2017-2018 school year if you attend a public university. Meanwhile, you could live at home, attend a local community college and spend an average of $3,750.

1. Dental hygienist
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Median income (2016): $72,910
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 20 percent
(All income and job growth data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
If you don’t mind the idea of peering into people’s mouths all day, you could earn more than $72,000 a year as a dental hygienist. These professionals need an associate degree to learn the tricks of the trade, and then they’ll be ready to clean, polish and treat teeth until they gleam.
2. Air traffic controller
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Median income (2016): $122,410
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 3 percent
If you want to earn some serious money, become an air traffic controller. These folks help guide the planes in the sky and earn six-digit incomes doing so. Some may have a bachelor’s degree, but you can also land a job with an associate degree from an approved school. Given the importance of their job, air traffic controllers also have to pass medical and background checks, a skills assessment and a special training course from the Federal Aviation Administration.
3. Avionics technician
Median income (2016): $60,760
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 5 percent
Avionics technicians have another high-paying occupation in the field of flying. These workers are in charge of testing, repairing and maintaining electronic equipment on planes and other aircraft. They may also be called in to review flight data and diagnose problems.

4. Web developer
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Median income (2016): $66,130
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 15 percent
If computers are your thing, how about a career as a web developer? These are the folks who design the websites you visit (like this one!) and make sure everything looks and runs exactly as it should. An associate degree is all you need to learn the necessary skills for a job that pays a median wage of $66,130.
5. Computer network support specialist
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Median income (2016): $62,670
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 8 percent
While some computer support positions required a more extensive education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to become a computer network support specialist. Also known as technical support specialists, these professionals typically earn a healthy income for their ability to troubleshoot computer network problems.
6. Geological and petroleum technicians
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Median income (2016): $56,470
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 16 percent
With an associate degree in geosciences or a similar field, you could find work as a geological and petroleum technician. People in this occupation work alongside scientists and engineers to collect and analyze data related to natural resources that may be accessible to mining.

7. Chemical technicians
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Median income (2016): $44,480
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 4 percent
Another career option for the science-minded is to become a chemical technician. Working with chemists or chemical engineers, technicians often help companies with their research and development. They assist with laboratory experiments and collect results that will then be used to create new products and processes.
8. Funeral service workers
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Median income (2016): $54,830
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 5 percent
Although not a glamorous job, someone’s got to do it. Morticians, undertakers and funeral service managers all provide services that are always in demand and are usually pay well. To work in the field, you’ll need a specialized associate degree in mortuary science or funeral service. Every state except Colorado has licensing requirements for workers in the field.
9. Fire inspectors and investigators
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Median income (2016): $56,130
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 10 percent
If you want a job that will take you out of the office, you could become a fire inspector or investigator. As the name suggests, these workers inspect properties for compliance with government regulations and investigate how specific fires started. You don’t necessarily need an associate degree in fire science for the job — although they are available — but you do need to complete a training program.

10. Paralegals and legal assistants
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Median income (2016): $49,500
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 15 percent
Working as a lawyer is where the really big money can be found, but legal assistant pay isn’t too shabby either. Paralegals and legal assistants do a lot of the legwork for attorneys – researching laws, drafting correspondence and filing court documents. Unlike their bosses, they don’t need an advanced professional degree. Instead, an associate degree in paralegal studies is the standard education in the field.
11. Drafters
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Median income (2016): $53,480
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 7 percent
Drafters work with software to convert design plans into technical drawings. They may specialize in architectural, mechanical or electrical drafting, and their services are employed across a variety of industries. To get started, get an associate degree from a community college or technical school.
12. Radiation therapists
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Median income (2016): $80,160
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 13 percent
Advances in medical technology mean physicians use high-tech equipment to diagnosis and treat disease, and they need trained workers to run these specialized machines. Radiation therapists are one such group of workers. After two years of education, they are capable of administering radiation treatments for cancer and other diseases and get paid handsomely for it.

13. Diagnostic medical sonographers
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Median income (2016): $69,650
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 23 percent
Diagnostic medical sonographers are another set of workers who can be trained in two years to use specialized medical equipment. They operate ultrasound machines to not only give expectant parents a peek at their developing baby but also provide images of other parts of the body to help physicians detect and diagnose medical problems.
14. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
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Median income (2016): $55,570
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 10 percent
As a career related to diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians use medical equipment to take images of the heart and lungs. You only need a two-year associate degree for this job that had a median wage of $55,570 in 2016.
15. Radiologic technologists
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Median income (2016): $57,450
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 12 percent
Also known as radiographers, radiologic technologists are the folks who take X-rays. They need to have an associate degree and, in most states, also be licensed or certified. For their services, radiologic technologists earn a median income of $57,450 per year.

16. MRI technologists
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Expected job growth (2016-2026): 14 percent
Workers who take MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) earn as much as some workers with a bachelor’s degree. However, MRI technologists don’t need to stay in school for four years. A two-year associate degree is sufficient to train them to use the imaging equipment.
17. Nuclear medicine technologists
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Median income (2016): $74,350
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 10 percent
Working primarily in hospitals, nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs used to monitor, diagnose and treat conditions such as cancer. An associate degree in nuclear medicine technology is the typical education for those employed as technologists.
18. Respiratory therapists
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Median income (2016): $58,670
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 23 percent
From premature babies with underdeveloped lungs to adults with emphysema, a variety of people benefit from the work of respiratory therapists. These professionals measure lung capacity and consult with physicians to create and implement a treatment plan. They get paid well and only have to go to school for two years to get the job.

19. Physical therapist assistants
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Median income (2016): $56,610
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 31 percent
In some states, physical therapists need to have a doctoral degree. However, nationwide, their assistants only need an associate degree from an accredited program. Physical therapist assistants are expected to see explosive job growth in the coming years as baby boomers age and their need for therapy increases.
20. Occupational therapy assistants
An occupational therapist helps a woman with leg exercises. kali9/Getty Images© kali9/Getty Images An occupational therapist helps a woman with leg exercises. kali9/Getty ImagesAverage income (2016): $59,010
Expected job growth (2016-2026): 29 percent
An aging population is also expected to spur job growth for occupational therapy assistants. These workers help occupational therapists with exercises and therapies intended to improve a person’s ability to perform daily tasks.
If your goal is to get a high-paying job, there is no reason to spend four years in college earning a bachelor’s degree. You can save time and money by pursuing one of these 20 jobs that require only an associate degree to get your foot in the door.