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Top 10 Careers for People with an Associates Degree

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Many people are getting a Two-year or Associates degree to save money and time. 

An MSN online career advice article recently listed the top ten careers for people with an Associate degree. Computer specialists top the list, making around $71,000 a year. 

Dental hygienists come in second, making $64,000 on average. The field is also expected to grow with a projected 30% increase by 2016.

And with several schools in the area, like Yakima Valley Community College, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and Perry Technical Institute an education is close to home.

The rest of the list is as follows, with each profession's median annual wage:

3. Fashion Designers $62,810 

4. Registered nurses $60,010

5. Environmental engineering technicians $40,560

6. Radiological technologists and technicians $50,260

7. Industrial engineering technicians $47,490

8. Paralegals and legal assistants $44,990

9. Occupational therapist assistants $45,050

10. Computer support specialists $42,400