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High-Paying Jobs You Can Land with an Associate’s Degree

By September 24, 2010

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"If school isn't your thing, but you would love a big salary, consider a job that requires only a two-year degree," notes a recent article by Monster.com.  The article lists nine high-paying jobs where Monster's Salary Wizard puts the median salary at $45,000 or more.  The good news is: two of these nine jobs - police officer and paralegal - are careers in the legal/law enforcement industry.  The bad news is: to land the higher paying positions within these industries you really do need a bachelor's degree.

With respect to paralegal careers, Monster.com states: "Most paralegals get into the field by earning an associate's degree or a certificate. The highest-paying jobs for paralegals are usually at large law firms located in high-cost areas." 

Unfortunately, the highest paying jobs do not generally go to paralegals with associate's degrees; the law firms that deliver the fattest paychecks can also be the choosiest and almost always require a bachelor's degree along with specific paralegal training.

With respect to police officers, the article states: "You can get hired onto a local force if you have a high school diploma and can pass an agility test, but federal law-enforcement jobs require a college degree." Again, federal law-enforcement jobs are generally the highest paying police jobs and those are the jobs that require a college degree.

In short, if you're goal is to land a high-paying job in the legal industry, invest in your education. Those few extra years in college will go a long way toward qualifying you for more lucrative job opportunities.

May 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(1) unlockphone says:

legalcareers.about.com is full of interesting posts!

May 30, 2012 at 12:09 am
(2) Lisa says:

Gee, I wish I had found this article 2 years ago… I just completed my associate degree in paralegal studies in Dallas,Tx and I have been job hunting for 6 months with NO INTERVIEWS!! The entire time I was in school (at an ABA accredited community college), I was repeatedly told by my professors (who are also attorneys) that I would be making between 40-45K as an entry level paralegal. Now I have completely wasted 2 years of school. I would have been better off taking general courses and going on to get a bachelors degree. I have two years of college that will not transfer to a university.

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