Online Associate’s Degree Programs

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If you only have a high school diploma and are looking to get your feet wet in the world of higher education, an associate’s degree can be a great place to start. Associate degrees are two-year degrees and can be either career oriented or the beginning of a four-year degree. If you’re looking for a new career to boost your earnings, many booming job fields can be entered with an associate degree.

Career-Focused Associate Degrees

Two years isn’t a long time to commit in order to change your life for the better. That’s all the time it takes to pursue a terminal associate degree in a career-focused program. In these degree programs, students usually take a year of general studies courses followed by a year of classes geared towards a certain career. Here are some growing job fields that can be entered with online associate’s degrees. (


Many online nursing schools offer associate degrees in nursing. These programs schedule clinicals on weeknights and weekends, for people with already busy schedules. Upon graduation from qualified programs, students can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-R, in order to obtain a nursing license. (

Earn $51,000-76,000 a year (
Job prospects are expected to grow 22% by 2018 (


In associate degree programs in accounting, students learn basic accounting principles, financial and managerial accounting, and how to use computer software specifically for their field. Students who earn an online accounting degree have the potential to become bookkeeping assistants and to obtain entry-level accounting positions. (

Earn $45,000-75,000 a year (
Job prospects are expected to grow 22% by 2018 (

Transferable Associate Degrees

Associate degrees can also be a great, cost-effective start to a bachelor’s degree program. If you choose an accredited program, you can transfer your classes towards an online bachelor’s degree, or toward a traditional in-person program. These degrees teach the basics of a certain field of inquiry and are not focused on learning practical job-related skills. Many online community colleges offer associate of arts degrees in several different fields. (

Some popular associate of arts degrees:

• Psychology

• Math

• Business management