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People have different reasons for attending college. For most, that reason is to obtain a good job. However, the idea of going to school for four years can be quite daunting for some. Well, there are alternatives. There are plenty of decent paying jobs in a variety of fields that you can get with a two-year degree.

Get Physical

Everyone knows that careers in the medical field have job security. However, maybe you’re not a fan of blood and other bodily fluids. Consider a career as a physical therapist assistant. On average, PT assistants make $57,430 a year. An additional benefit is the priceless feeling of knowing that you will be helping people.

It’s a World Wide Web out There

Are you a creative person with a knack for computers? Web design might be the job for you. Web developers make on average $67,000 a year! That’s pretty good for a job that doesn’t require manual labor and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, web development can be done freelance. So you could be your own boss.

A Clean Start

A career as a dental hygienist can be a promising one. The field is growing and there are many job opportunities. Not to mention, the pay is pretty good. On average, dental hygienists make $74,000 a year. Not too shabby. Check out your local community college to see if they offer associate degrees in dental hygiene. It’s definitely worth it!

Barely Legal

Paralegals are the backbone of a law firm. The majority of the paperwork that is researched, written, and processed at a law firm is done by these legal assistants. Fortunately, they’re paid decently for it. On average, paralegals and legal assistants make about $50,410 per year. That may not seem like much compared to a lawyer, but for a position that only needs a two-year degree, it’s impressive. Not to mention it is a booming field that you’ll easily be able to get a job in.

Eyes in the Sky

A job as an air traffic controller only requires an associate degree from an approved school. Those two years are totally worth it because air traffic controllers make a surprisingly large amount of money. On average, the position pays $124,540 a year. Unfortunately, it is a very competitive field.