2-Year Degree Programs and Majors

Two-year degrees are also called associate’s degrees. You can earn one at most on-campus and online colleges, but community colleges are the most popular institutions for completing a two-year degree program. There are various reasons for this - staying close to home, for example - but the main attraction is cost. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the average annual cost for tuition at public community colleges was $3,347 during the 2015-2016 academic year. Compared to $9,139 at public four-year schools and $31,231 at private four-year schools, community colleges are clearly the most cost-effective institutions for earning your two-year degree.

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The Appeal of 2-Year Degree Programs

Two-year degrees, or Associate's Degrees, offer many advantages. For those looking to eventually get a four-year degree, community college offers the chance to take core courses - which are are a required part of most majors - at a substantially reduced price. Another advantage is avoidiing room and board costs, as most of those who attend community college commute to and from campas. Staying in your own community also can make it easier to work part-time or even full-time while attending class. 

For those seeking to get a two-year degree, the cost is less and there are many good-paying fields that require only an associate's degree.

Top 2-Year Degrees and Jobs

There are a variety of two-year degrees that pay well. Not only are they good jobs, but they exist across a variety of careers and industry. They include the following jobs. The salary next to each job is the median salary as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisitics for May 2012, the latest figure available. All of these jobs are available with a two-year degree and offer good job security in addition to solid wages.