Written by Diane Estrella

4 High Paying Jobs That Only Require A Two-Year Degree

by Diane Estrella

You don’t have to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in order to find a good paying job. There are plenty of high paying positions out there for individuals currently enrolled in technical schools. If you’re torn between deciding to go to college or a trade or vocational school, read on to find out what high paying jobs you can qualify for with a two-year degree.

1. Paralegal

Earning a degree and successfully passing the bar exam isn’t the only way to start your career in law. Paralegals might not make as much as attorneys, but they still make a decent living as they work with attorneys. Now you don’t have to worry about spending time and money earning your bachelor’s degree and attending law school in order to become involved in the field of law.

If you’re interested in becoming a paralegal, you can earn an associate’s degree in paralegal studies or earn a paralegal studies certificate if you already have a bachelor’s degree. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010, paralegals earned an average of roughly $46,700 a year.

2. Registered Nurse

If you enjoy helping people, then you might be a good fit for a career as a registered nurse. Look for technical schools that offer associate’s degrees in nursing or a nursing diploma. You can be ready for your career in as few as two or three years. One of the good things about being a nurse is that you have so many specialty fields available to you, including pediatrics, geriatrics, addiction and rehabilitation. The BLS states that the median yearly earnings for registered nurses were about $64,700.  And with healthcare positions on the rise, technical schools like Csinow.edu have created fast-tracks for those looking to pursue a career in the health industry.

3. Police Officer

Now you can fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a police officer and earn a good living while you’re doing it. In order to qualify for a job as a police officer, you can either have a high school diploma or a GED. You might also find it useful to take a few classes in criminal justice or law enforcement. In 2010, the BLS reported that police officers earned an average of approximately $55,000 a year. Bear in the mind that where you live can also play a big part in how much you make.

4. Dental Hygienist

Thankfully you don’t have to sit through several years of school and pay for all of those years of school in order to become a dental hygienist. In most cases you’ll be able to become a dental hygienist with just an associate’s degree. There are also certificates, bachelor’s degrees and even master’s degrees for aspiring dental hygienists, but associate’s degrees are the most common.

As a dental hygienist, you’ll use ultrasonic devices and special tools to make smiles gleam, take x-rays, remove plaque and teach patients how to take good care of their teeth. Dental hygienists earned an average of about $68,250 a year in 2010, according to the BLS.

Now instead of going to college for four years, possibly more, and potentially being buried under a mountain of student debt in order to find a high paying job,  you can instead attend a technical school and earn a two-year degree to find a good paying job.

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