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What You Should Know About Online Associate Degrees

What Is An Online Associate Degree?

An online associate degree is an undergraduate degree that takes 2 years (60 credits) to complete. Students can earn their online associate degree from a junior or community college; 4-year colleges and universities may also offer associate degree programs.

Each 60-credit online associate program is composed of general education, major, and elective credits. To complete a traditional associate program in 2 years, doing 2 semesters a year, students must enroll in 15 credit hours each semester. Alternatively, students who are enrolled in online programs can study at their own pace. Those desiring to complete an associate program quicker than normal can enroll in an accelerated online associate program.

Growth of Online Associate Degrees

Numerous online associate degree opportunities are available for students of all ages because of the growth of online classes, programs, and colleges. In fact, 28.8% of students who are enrolled in a 2-year associate program are taking at least one online class and 10% are doing 100% of their classes through an online associate degree program.

Transferring Online Associate Degree Credits

Many online associate degrees, whether the degree emphasis is in science, business, or social science, can be transferred to 4-year schools offering bachelor’s programs. We do suggest that before you begin an online associate degree, that you check with the school you’ll be attending to ensure it is regionally or nationally accredited and that the school you want to transfer to will accept those credits once you have your associates.

Types of Online Associate Degree Programs

  • Online Associate of Arts (AA) Degree: Students acquiring these degrees usually transfer earned credits to four-year institutions.
  • Online Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree: Credits earned from these programs can also be transferred to 4-year schools and applied towards bachelor’s programs. AAS degrees usually have industry specific titles, such as Associate in Engineering Technology.
  • Online Associate of Science (AS) Degree
    Many graduates transfer earned credits from these programs towards bachelor’s degrees offered at traditional colleges or universities.
  • Online Associate of Occupational Study (AOS) Degree
    Graduates of these programs leave school with specific job skills. It usually takes two years to earn an occupational degree. Most graduates begin their careers immediately after earning an occupational degree, although some graduates apply earned credits towards bachelor’s programs.

Online Associate Degree Programs

To learn more about specific online associate degree programs select a degree category below.

Best Jobs For Those With An Online Associate Degree

The jobs listed below require an associate degree (at minimum), have an average annual salary of $35,000 or more, and have a steady or increasing projected job growth rate between 2014-2024. You can also see whether or not the job requires on-the-job training.

Occupation2016 Median PayNumber of New JobsGrowth RateOn-the-job Training
Radiation therapists$75,000 or more1,000 to 4,99910 to 19 percentNone
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentNone
Avionics technicians$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentNone
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99920 to 29 percentNone
Computer network support specialists$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,9990 to 9 percentNone
Dental hygienists$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99910 to 19 percentNone
Diagnostic medical sonographers$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99920 to 29 percentNone
Electrical and electronics drafters$55,000 to $74,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentNone
Electro-mechanical technicians$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentNone
Funeral service managers$55,000 to $74,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentNone
Geological and petroleum technicians$55,000 to $74,9991,000 to 4,99910 to 19 percentModerate-term on-the-job training
Magnetic resonance imaging technologists$55,000 to $74,9991,000 to 4,99910 to 19 percentNone
Nuclear medicine technologists$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentNone
Occupational therapy assistants$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99930 percent or fasterNone
Physical therapist assistants$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99930 percent or fasterNone
Radiologic technologists$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,9990 to 9 percentNone
Respiratory therapists$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99910 to 19 percentNone
Web developers$55,000 to $74,99910,000 to 49,99920 to 29 percentNone
Agricultural and food science technicians$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentModerate-term on-the-job training
Camera and photographic equipment repairers$35,000 to $54,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentLong-term on-the-job training
Chemical technicians$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentModerate-term on-the-job training
Civil engineering technicians$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentNone
Environmental engineering technicians$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,99910 to 19 percentNone
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentNone
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other$35,000 to $54,9995,000 to 9,9990 to 9 percentNone
Mechanical engineering technicians$35,000 to $54,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentNone
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians$35,000 to $54,99910,000 to 49,99910 to 19 percentNone
Medical equipment repairers$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentModerate-term on-the-job training
Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors$35,000 to $54,9991,000 to 4,9990 to 9 percentLong-term on-the-job training
Paralegals and legal assistants$35,000 to $54,99910,000 to 49,9990 to 9 percentNone
Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairs$35,000 to $54,9990 to 9990 to 9 percentModerate-term on-the-job training

Vo-Tech Programs

General education or programs with specific majors are available at the majority of these institutions. There are also vocational training, also called Vo-tech, (Associate of Applied Science) programs available for students wanting to develop a specific skill, such as plumbing, automotive repair, etc. In fact, many technology firms heavily recruit individuals with Associate of Applied Science degrees to fill mid-level jobs.

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