what is the Associate degree?
Associate Degree. An award that normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time college work. There are different types of associate degrees with varying transferability. An associate degree is a 2-year degree (when studying full-time) that is comprises a student’s freshman and sophomore years of college. This degree, as with most, is multifaceted depending on your field of study, branching off into a few different sectors: Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Arts (AA) and even Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Associate in Fine Arts (AFA). Associate degrees are becoming increasingly more desirable because they are quicker than earning a bachelor’s degree and, by extension, cost less. But don’t let the shortened time lead you to think you’ll find it difficult to discover career success. Many associate degree holders go onto land jobs they are passionate about that offer a salary fit to support their families. Some of the well-paying jobs you could get with an associate degree include cardiovascular technician, computer network support specialist, registered nurse, dental hygienist and air traffic controller. This two-year degree is an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.). Some students who earn this degree transfer to a four-year program to earn a bachelor’s degree. Others complete associate degrees to prepare to go straight to work. Community colleges, career colleges and some four-year colleges offer these degrees.