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15 fast-growing, high-paying jobs where you only need an associates degree

Student Loan Hero found 15 fast-growing, high-paying jobs you can get with just an associate s degree. Many of the fastest-growing jobs in the US don t require an increasingly expensive four-year degree. Jobs in medicine including dental hygienists, MRI technologists, and licensed practical nurses were high on the list. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. You don t necessarily need an Ivy League degree to land a high-paying job. As artificial intelligence gets smarter and more commonplace, a pricey STEM degree might not guarantee you a job. A recent Brookings report found white-collar jobs in science and finance were most at risk for getting replaced by AI (in addition to manufacturing jobs). Many of the fastest-growing jobs in the US don t require a bachelor s degree. As tuition prices and student loan debt continue to swell, considering a job that requires just two years of school might not be a bad idea. Here are 15 relatively fast-growing, high-paying jobs that don t require an education beyond an associate s degree, according to Student Loan Hero. The ranking is based on 2018 median wage data and projections for the future number of job openings between 2018 and 2028 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.SEE ALSO: 20 countries with the highest teacher salaries compared to the cost of living 15. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists earn a median wage of $71,670 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 2,700 Training required: None

14. Nuclear medicine technologists earn a median wage of $76,820 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 1,200 Training required: None

13. Diagnostic medical sonographers earn a median wage of $72,510 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 5,800 Training required: None

12. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers earn a median wage of $76,330 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 4,800 Training required: Moderate-term on-the-job training

11. Web developers earn a median wage of $69,430 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 15,100 Training required: None

10. Nuclear technicians earn a median wage of $79,140 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 900 Training required: Moderate-term on-the-job training

9. Funeral service managers earn a median wage of $79,180 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 1,900 Training required: None

8. Electrical and electronic repairers earn a median wage of $80,200 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 2,100 Training required: Moderate-term on-the-job training

7. Radiation therapists earn a median wage of $82,330 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 1,100 Training required: None

6. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earn a median wage of $46,240 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 66,300 Training required: None

5. Dental hygienists earn a median wage of $74,820 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 17,900 Training required: None

4. Medical assistants earn a median wage of $33,610 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 99,700 Training required: None

3. Nursing assistants earn a median wage of $28,540 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 190,700 Training required: None

2. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a median wage of $43,680 per year. Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 238,400 Training required: Short-term on-the-job training

1. Air traffic controllers earn a median wage of $124,540 per year. Education required: Associate s degree Projected average annual job openings between 2018 and 2028: 2,300 Training required: Long-term on-the-job training




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