Is there a TRULY 2 year degree that is marketable and makes decent money?

Because of my age I am not interested in spending $50,000 on a 4 year degree. But I'd be interested in a 2 year degree. The problem is, all the 2 year degrees I look at have 1-2 years of prerequisites before you start the 2 year degree. HOW is that a 2 year degree?? And the 2 year degrees that don't have said prereqs make $13/hour upon completion. And don't anyone say Medical Sonographer, Rad Tech, Surgical Tech, etc because they all have 2 years of prereqs before starting the 2 year degree.


MANY programs say they take 2 years to complete ... and they do. But when you really start looking into them you find that there is a list of prereqs you need before starting.

10 Answers

  • 1 week ago

    Dental hygenist, RN, paralegal.   I'm a 60 Y/O man in Ohio, and if I had it to do all over I'd think hard about nursing.  In Ohio you only need a 2-year degree to take the RN exam.  

    If you pursue nursing be careful about signing a non-compete clause.  Especially if you pay for you school on your own.

    I'm finishing up my associates degree in construction management now.

  • 6 months ago

    The degree doesn't give money. The degree gives you knowledge. In the corporate world practica knowledge is required but a student who passes out they have very less practical knowledge then the student has to start from an internship when they get the desired knowledge then they get good package. The company wants a productive employee who brings business as well as support in bringing business.  

  • 6 months ago

    There sure are: two year programs in plumbing and electrical maintenance (some of these take less than two years) make fantastic money. Instead of universities or colleges, look into trade schools. 

  • 6 months ago

    Apparently you did not take a rigorous high school path with biology, chemistry, physic, math through calculus (or at least precalc). That makes it very tough to get into health-related occupations.

    What you need to investigate now is trades such as plumbing, electrician apprentice, heavy equipment operator, welding. Computer repair, electronics technician, or billing & coding might be good for getting a job above minimum wage. These can be good careers. Work your way up to, say, master plumbing & plumbing contractor, or electrical contractor, and you own your own business & write your own ticket.

    Associate's degrees are really designed to do the first 2 years of general education requirements for bachelor's degree. Or the vocational/occupational training programs are fairly low-level, but can get you a job off the minimum-wage floor. You may be expecting too much from too-limited education & training.

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  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Registered Nursing.

    However, even though you can get a license with a two-year degree, many employers will be quite a BSN. SO, as a new graduate, you can probably get a job for $25-$30 an hour - most likely in a nursing home or rehab center - you will still need a bachelors degree to advance your career.

    And, yes, an RN program also has prereqs. That’s why you’re supposed to think about it in high school, and complete the prereqs there.

  • 6 months ago

    Where do you live? Because, while I agree most health care degree programs require a lot of prerequisites, most other programs don't. 

    Certainly a paralegal degree should not have so many prerequisites. Are you sure you're looking into the right program? Because while a paralegal certificate might have degree requirements, you can usually jump right into an AS (or AA) in paralegal studies program, or it requires a single semester of prerequisites (typically English composition and a paralegal survey class).

    If you're 30 or under, you can look into air traffic controller programs. (I'm not sure you even actually need a degree, only to pass the licensing exam).

    Technology degrees (HVAC, Construction Management, Automotive) should have no prerequisites. 

    Contact your local community college and pose this question to them. Also, while you're dithering, consider taking English comp or college algebra at night, so you have them under your belt when you're ready to start your program. 

  • H
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    I have noticed that many jobs that have "technician" in the job title tend to require a 2 year degree. So it's not just the ones that you listed but more out there. That's a start right there.

  • 6 months ago

    Look into the paralegal program available at your community college. The one at my community college has only one prerequisite (basically an intro to law course). Your community college program may be different, but it's worth looking into. And it doesn't require any science classes. 

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    It really just depends on the amount of courses you can handle at any given time.  You need to actually get connected with a guidance counselor who can map out the actual schedule for you.  You can't just go online and make assumptions about how long something could take, since it's probably not accurate.  

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Dental hygienist, electronics technician, welding would be some I would look at.

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