Many people are intimidated by the current state of the job market. In tough economic times, it’s hard to find jobs that pay well enough to live a comfortable life. Many jobs require an expensive four-year degree before you can even get your foot in the door. However, this is not always the case. Many jobs can be attained with only a two-year degree, and often pay more than several jobs requiring an expensive bachelor’s degree.
(All statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
The need for dental assistants is ever-present, with a projected job growth rate of 25%. These valuable healthcare providers play a crucial role in the day to day operations of a dental office including performing x-rays, caring for patients, assisting dentists during procedures, and performing dental cleanings. Practicing as a dental assistant requires only a two-year associate’s degree, and license from the state you wish to practice in. The median income for dental assistants in 2012 was over $34,500 a year, averaging out at around $16.50 per hour.
Just like dental assistants, the need for registered nurses is high and growing all the time. Registered nurses are employed through the healthcare industry in clinics, hospitals, out-patient care, and doctor’s offices. Working as a registered nurse also provides a variety of duties as well as locations. Registered nurses can be responsible for performing tests, assisting physicians, and providing basic healthcare to patients. Entry into this field requires only a two-year degree, with many employers offering assistance to provide further education after employment. In 2012, people working as registered nurses earned an average income of $65,000.