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    25 Hottest Careers for
    Associate Degrees

    Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections

    Top 25 Careers with Associate Degrees based on Numeric Change in Total Employment
    (2008-2018))
    OccupationEmployment
    (in thousands)
    Employment Change,
    2008-2018
    2008
    Median
    annual
    wages
    (Dollars)
    20082018Number (in
    thousands)
    Percent
    Registered nurses2,618.73,200.2 581.5 22.2 62,450
    Computer support specialists565.7643.7 78.0 13.8 43,450
    Paralegals and legal assistants263.8337.9 74.1 28.1 46,120
    Dental hygienists174.1237.0 62.9 36.1 66,570
    Legal secretaries262.6311.0 48.4 18.4 39,860
    Radiologic technologists and technicians214.7251.7 37.0 17.2 52,210
    Medical records and health information technicians172.5207.6 35.1 20.3 30,610
    Veterinary technologists and technicians79.6108.1 28.5 35.8 28,900
    All other computer specialists209.3236.8 27.5 13.1 75,150
    Medical and clinical laboratory technicians155.6180.7 25.0 16.1 35,380
    Respiratory therapists105.9128.1 22.1 20.9 52,200
    Physical therapist assistants63.885.0 21.2 33.3 46,140
    Civil engineering technicians91.7107.2 15.5 16.9 44,290
    Interior designers71.785.6 13.9 19.4 44,950
    Cardiovascular technologists and technicians49.561.4 11.9 24.1 47,010
    Medical equipment repairers41.452.6 11.3 27.2 41,520
    Environmental science and protection technicians, including health35.045.2 10.1 28.9 40,230
    Diagnostic medical sonographers50.359.5 9.2 18.3 61,980
    Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other64.773.3 8.6 13.3 40,050
    Occupational therapist assistants26.634.6 7.9 29.8 48,230
    Environmental engineering technicians21.227.5 6.4 30.1 41,100
    Industrial engineering technicians72.677.4 4.8 6.6 47,180
    Appraisers and assessors of real estate92.496.6 4.2 4.6 47,370
    Radiation therapists15.219.4 4.1 27.1 72,910
    Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other76.680.6 4.0 5.2 56,850