For many students, earning an associate degree through a community college or university can be a quick and inexpensive way to achieve their career goals. Associate degree programs are often remarkably versatile, and they can open the door to a range of different career pathways. However, this two-year degree may only be the first step for some, as many jobs require a bachelor’s degree or higher.
After earning an associate degree, you may wonder what options for advancement are available. Whether you received an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies, or another associate degree, your next steps will vary. Your path forward will depend on the career outcome you desire, the annual salary you would like to make, and your overall goals. Still, there are a few general actions an associate degree holder can take. You can either continue your education to earn a bachelor’s degree, get an associate degree-level job, or both.
If you choose to pursue an entry-level job with your associate degree, there are several job opportunities to consider. Graduates can find roles in healthcare, technology, law enforcement, childcare, and more. Many of these options are experiencing high growth, have good earning potential, and can act as an entryway into positions requiring more experience. The following are just a few of the jobs available to associate degree graduates:
Even if you decide to start with an associate degree-level job, you may want to pursue a job that requires a four-year degree at some point in your career. In that case, your next steps would be to evaluate what you want to do and what education requirements are needed for success in your chosen field. After that, you’ll need to determine which school will allow the smoothest transfer of your associate degree credits. Find a program that fits your lifestyle and offers the courses you need.
The cost of tuition is another essential factor to consider when attempting to turn your associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. It's important to find a school that is affordable but also offers high-quality education. After you’ve settled on your school and program, apply! Be sure to apply for financial aid, too.
As mentioned previously, choosing a bachelor’s program includes deciding what kind of programs will best align with your educational requirements and schedule.
LSU Online offers access to several options for students wanting to earn a bachelor's degree after an associate degree. For example, the highly-affordable Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from LSU Alexandria is designed to maximize your credit hours by giving you up to 45 hours of free electives. With an Associate degree in Applied Sciences or Applied Arts, you can transfer up to 90 credit hours and finish your degree faster.
Additionally, though anyone can earn the BAAS, the degree is specifically tailored to help those with an Associate of Technical Studies earn a full bachelor's degree. Students in the BAAS program will receive an interdisciplinary education that prepares them for whatever career path they desire to pursue.
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