Careers by Education

In the classroomWhat do carpenters, electricians, and some purchasing agents all have in common? They all require on-the-job training, no post secondary education required!

While you’re thinking about your career path, take in to consideration how long you want to go to school or if you want to go to school.  You don’t need a four year degree to be happy OR to make plenty of money. In fact, many two-year degree graduates salaries have risen over the past few years and may surprise you.

Below are descriptions of different degrees available along with example professions:

Doctoral or professional degree [DD]: Completion of a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) usually requires at least 4 years of full-time academic work beyond a bachelor’s degree whereas a professional degree usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples of occupations for which a doctoral or professional degree is the typical form of entry-level education include lawyers, physicians and surgeons, and dentists.

Master’s degree [MD]: Completion of this degree usually requires 1 or 2 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples of occupations in this category include statisticians, physician assistants, and educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors.

Bachelor’s degree [BD]: Completion of this degree generally requires at least 4 years, but not more than 5 years, of fulltime academic study beyond high school. Examples of occupations in this category include budget analysts, dietitians and nutritionists, and civil engineers.

Associate’s degree [AD]: Completion of this degree usually requires at least 2 years but not more than 4 years of fulltime academic study beyond high school. Examples of occupations in this category include mechanical drafters, respiratory therapists, and dental hygienists.

Postsecondary non-degree award [PA]: These programs lead to a certificate or other award, but not a degree. The certificate is awarded by the educational institution and is the result of completing formal postsecondary schooling. Certification, issued by a professional organization or certifying body, is not included here. Some postsecondary non-degree award programs last only a few weeks, while others may last 1 to 2 years. Examples of occupations in this category include nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics, and hairstylists.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with related technical instruction. Apprenticeships are usually considered postsecondary education. Examples of industries using apprenticeships are advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, and energy.

High school diploma or equivalent [HS]: This category signifies the completion of high school or an equivalent program resulting in the award of a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the General Education Development (GED) credential. Examples of occupations in this category include social and human service assistants, carpenters, and pharmacy technicians.

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