PayScale's College Salary Report features data about the earning potential of 2-year associate degrees. If you are considering going back to school to earn an AA, choosing the right major will have a huge impact on your future salary. The list above can help you find the best associate degrees by salary potential.
An associate degree is a great way to kick off a high-paying career, especially in the Technology and Engineer fields.
If you want to work in the healthcare field, there are several lucrative associate degree options that will earn you a great salary. Dental hygiene majors earn among the highest early career salaries on the list, along with nursing majors. Associate degrees in health-related subjects also have a high percentage of alumni who go on to say that their work is very meaningful.
Of course, not all associate degrees lead to high salaries. An associate degree in Early Childhood Education usually leads to low salary potential. (Interestingly, that subject is the lowest-paying bachelor's degree major on our list of bachelor's degrees by salary potential as well.) That said, nearly 80 percent of people who earn an associate degree in early childhood education do say that their jobs make the world a better place.
So if you are short on time, want to get your career started quickly or just don't think a four-year school is right for you, one of the associate degree options on this list may be a really smart choice.