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High-Demand Jobs with an AA Degree

Apparently, a lot of people don’t like their jobs. On the reality TV show, “Undercover Boss,” it’s funny – sometimes outlandish – to listen to under-appreciated employees complain to each other about the corporate culture … but the truth is: NOT liking your job is a serious issue. It causes stress, depression, and can totally ruin a whole family’s dynamics. Our goal in this brief article is to identify the 7 fastest growing jobs with an AA Degree. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook, 2012.) These jobs are all projected to grow by over 29% through the year 2020 (this is WAY above average job growth), with Veterinary Aides showing the most growth, at 52%, and Dental Hygienists paying the most, at $68,000 per year. Check out all 7 job titles, including job descriptions, salaries, and experience needed.

 

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists

2010 Median Pay                                                  $49,410 per year/$23.75 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                         AA Degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                            None

Number of Jobs, 2010                                        49,400

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                        29% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                        14,500

Description

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments in patients. They also help physicians treat problems with cardiac and vascular systems, such as blood clots.

Requirements

There are several ways to become a cardiovascular technologist or technician or vascular technologist. Although some technologists and technicians are trained on the job, most most fall in the category of jobs with an AA Degree.

Dental Hygienists

2010 Median Pay                                                 $68,250 per year/$32.81 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                        AA Degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                            None

Number of Jobs, 2010                                          181,800

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                          38% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                          68,500

Description

Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

Requirements

Requirements for Dental hygienists are jobs with an AA Degree in dental hygiene. Every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

2010 Median Pay                                                $64,380 per year/$30.95 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                        AA Degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                            None

Number of Jobs, 2010                                         53,700

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                         44% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                         23,400

Description

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

Requirements

Diagnostic medical sonographers need formal education, such as an AA Degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Medical Equipment Repairers

2010 Median Pay                                               $44,490 per year/$21.39 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                      AA Degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                          Moderate-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2010                                        37,900

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                        31% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                        11,900

Description

Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment.

Requirements

Employers generally prefer candidates who have an AA Degree in biomedical technology or engineering. Depending on the area of specialization, a bachelor’s degree may be needed, especially for advancement.

Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

2010 Median Pay                                               $47,490 per year/$22.83 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                        See How to Become One

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                           See How to Become One

Number of Jobs, 2010                                        36,000

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                        41% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                       14,800

Description

Occupational therapy assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Requirements

Becoming an occupational therapy assistant requires an AA Degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program. In most states, occupational therapy assistants must be licensed. Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

2010 Median Pay                                              $37,710 per year/$18.13 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                        See How to Become One

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                           See How to Become One

Number of Jobs, 2010                                        114,400

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                        45% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                      51,100

Description

Physical therapist assistants and physical therapist aides work under the direction of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries regain movement and manage pain.

Requirements

Most states require physical therapist assistants to have an AA Degree from an accredited physical therapist program. Physical therapist aides generally have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

2010 Median Pay                                               $29,710 per year/$14.28 per hour

Entry-Level Education                                       AA Degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation    None

On-the-job Training                                         None

Number of Jobs, 2010                                      80,200

Job Outlook, 2010-20                                       52% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2010-20                      41,700

Description

Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or to help veterinarians diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals.

Requirements

Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. Technologists need a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and technicians need a 2-year AA Degree. Typically, both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the state.

 

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