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With a growing number of students unable to afford college tuition, many of these students are turning to a two-year degree in order to accomplish their educational goals. http://www.degreequery.com has created an infographic entitled “Bang for Your Educational Buck” detailing which associates degrees are proving to be worthwhile-even earning more than others with bachelor’s degrees. Earnings favor professional degrees over any other degree, with $3,981,483 in median lifetime earnings. 28.2% of associate degree holders actually out-earn those with bachelor’s degrees. Let’s take a look at some of the professions that an associate degree can help you get:

Radiation therapist
Median hourly earnings: $38.71
Growth through 2020: 20%

Dental hygienist
Median hourly earnings: $35.23
Growth through 2020: 38%

Nuclear medicine technologist
Median hourly earnings: $35.39
Growth through 2020: 19%

Nuclear technician
Median hourly earnings: $35.15
Growth through 2020: 14%

Diagnostic medical sonographer
Median hourly earnings: $33.23
Growth through 2020: 44%

Aerospace engineering and operations technician
Median hourly earnings: $29.99

Engineering technician
Median hourly earnings: $31.41
Growth through 2020: 4%

Respiratory therapist
Median hourly earnings:$28.03
Growth through 2020: 28%

Commercial pilot
Median hourly earnings: $47.25
Growth through 2020: 11%

Electrical and electronics repairer
Median hourly earnings: $25.38
Growth through 2020: 3%

Fashion designer
Median hourly earnings: $33.31

Aerospace engineering and operations technician
Median hourly earnings: $29.99

Paralegal
Median hourly earnings: $24.10
Growth through 2020: 18%

Registered nurse
Median hourly earnings: $33.40
Growth through 2020: 26%

Air traffic controller
Median hourly earnings: 55.77

Construction manager
Median hourly earnings: $43.30
Growth through 2020: 17%

Police
Median hourly earnings: 28.40
Growth through 2020: 7%

Emergency management director
Median hourly earnings: $32.45
Growth through 2020: 14%

Insurance claims adjuster
Median hourly earnings: $30.18
Growth through 2020: 3%

Chef
Median hourly earnings: $20.97

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