5 Rewarding Jobs that Only Require a Two-Year Degree

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)

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 Dental Assistant

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.

Check out ECPI’s Dental Assistant Program!

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 Registered Nurse

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.

Take a look at ECPI’s Nursing Program!

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Established Mom Heads Back to School

Linda DeChaine didn’t enjoy the monotony of her job. As a clinical lab supervisor, she managed six labs and the technical staff at each establishment. “It was the same thing, day after day,” said Linda. She had also reached the ceiling in her career field leaving no room for growth and she wanted more.

Linda charted a path for a new future with help from Medical Careers Institute.

She wasn’t going to let the fact that she was an established adult deter her. Linda has a Bachelor of Science that she received in 1991 and Master’s in Business Administration she received in 2001. She is married, and her children are grown.

Linda enrolled in the registered nursing program at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute(MCI) in

July 2010. She will graduate in December 2011. With an impressive 3.96 GPA, Linda aspires to be in the operating room. She’d like to be a traveling nurse filling in at hospitals across the country that need temporary staff. This would give Linda the flexibility and opportunity to see the country.

“I chose MCI because I am older and I wanted to maximize my time,” explained Linda. “I liked the speed of the program.” Linda did her research prior to selecting MCI; she looked at several programs comparing passing rates, graduation rates, graduates who had earned employment post-graduation and overall graduate reviews. She picked MCI and says the program is fast paced and intense and that she learned a great deal stating, “I tell others to put their nose to the grind stone, you get out of it what you put into it.”

Linda had originally wanted to be a nurse, but the program wasn’t an option to her during the 1980’s when she was graduating high school. She is a good example of someone who holds tight to a dream knowing she can accomplish her heart’s desire.

Marc Carr: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Marc shares his story of pursuing a new career path.

Manassas Uses a Scenario Straight from the Headlines for Discovery Day

The idea for a creative Discovery Day came from headlines from across the country: bank tellers stealing customer’s information and internal employees’ granting access for thievery. There seems to be enough material for a Hollywood movie or a great way for guests of ECPI University and MCI in Manassas, Virginia, to witness the skills learned upon enrollment in one of the university’s programs.

Guests to the campus on April 16 were briefed on the back-ground of the situation in the form of a video and a newspaper article. The scenario played out like this:

Two suspects were taken into custody from a bank headquarters. After entering the building with a valid security code, the suspects allegedly proceeded to the company’s intelligence center where silent alarms were activated. The mail room supervisor at the headquarters reportedly used her access information to get into the building. The second suspect, a male, is currently being treated for a heart attack. After the suspects were detained, he began experiencing chest pain and was taken to the hospital. ADT security systems received the trespassing alert; police were notified immediately. Upon arrival, police officers found the two suspects in the intelligence center. In a panic, the female attempted to flee the building but was brought into custody within moments. The male did not resist arrest. While police are unsure of the exact motive, the two suspects appear to have stolen account and demographic information from 2,000+ bank customers. The bank’s security team and local authorities are currently assessing their security breach.
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Collin Elane, A Stand-Out MCI 2011 Graduate

As an employee of AmeriGroup for the past eight years and the current Director of Nursing, Collin Elane is used to making presentations to large groups. In those situations it’s about education, direction and inspiration. When asked to speak at the recent graduation in Virginia Beach on May 21, his speech would also need to entertain.

Collin and his fellow graduates wave in appreciation to guests who supported them through their education.

Collin was flattered to be given the opportunity having been selected by MCI, ECPI University’s School of Health Science Campus President, Matt Albano, for his leadership abilities, over-all character and an ideal representation of an MCI graduate.

As a licensed practical nurse for 13 years, Collin felt that being a registered nurse would position him for more management positions. He selected MCI for his education because it had the greatest flexibility within his already busy schedule.

It was the complexity of his schedule that led Andrea Lipsmeyer, MCI’s Director of Nursing program, to really focus Collin to evaluate if he would be able to work full-time and attend school full-time. “I really appreciated that she didn’t have any reservations about telling me what to expect,” said Collin. “I had to really consider if it was the right program for me because of the time commitment, would I be okay with the sacrifices of time with family and friends.” Ultimately the decision was to proceed with his education.

Collin’s message to his fellow graduates was a reflection on the commitment and perseverance to complete an education. “I didn’t want graduates to get lost in the moment of graduation,” said Collin. “I wanted them to really think about the barriers they had to overcome and the courage and intelligence it takes to be a successful ECPI University graduate. The programs are fast-paced and aren’t meant for those looking for slow and relaxed. I think that says a lot about my fellow graduates.”