According to BLS, about half of all occupations require some level of college education. The majority typically require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but some career options require an associate degree at minimum for entry. Here are some of the career paths you can pursue with an associate degree:
Please note that University of Phoenix only attests to the career outcomes listed on individual degree program pages. Explore degree program pages to learn more about the career outcomes for each.
- Computer network support specialists: Computer support specialists provide technical assistance to computer users. They might also work in customer service or help desk positions. The salary range for computer network support specialists in Arizona, for example, is $46,680 to $77,150. To become a computer support specialist, you don't necessarily need a degree, but an associate degree in computer science or information technology is helpful in learning essential skills and standing out as a candidate.
- Information security analyst: Information security analysts are IT professionals who are responsible for implementing security measures to protect a company’s data and infrastructure. BLS reports that some employers enter the profession with at least high school diploma or certification, but some employers may require a bachelor’s degree. The salary range for this position in Arizona is $79,200 to $128,880.
- Security officer: While information security analysts are responsible for protecting network assets, security guards and officers protect physical property and people from illegal activity. According to BLS, a high school diploma or the equivalent is typical for this position, but some security guards may choose to pursue a degree in security or criminal justice. The salary range for security officers in Arizona is $29,560 to $36,590.
- Corrections officer: In the criminal justice system, corrections officers oversee inmates who have been sentenced to jail time or offenders who are awaiting a trial. All state agencies require a high school diploma for employment. Some may seek candidates who have a college degree, and federal prisons require a bachelor’s degree. The annual salary range in Arizona is $37,620 to $47,520.
- Administrative and office assistants: Administrative and office assistants are responsible for the day-to-day organizational and clerical work at a company, such as scheduling appointments or maintaining files and databases. While a college degree is not typically required for this job, employers typically look for candidates with several years of experience, and BLS reports that some in this profession take college courses in fields like business and communication. The annual salary range in Arizona is $30,050 to $46,960.
Salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.
While this is just a short list of jobs an associate degree may prepare you for, there are many other opportunities to consider. Whether you're interested in obtaining an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice or an Associate of Science in Cybersecurity, there's an online program for you.