A four-year degree can improve career opportunities as well as increase your lifetime earnings. Although it takes a substantial amount of effort and finances, finishing your four-year degree can help you obtain medical jobs for which you wouldn't otherwise qualify. All Health Care states that there are a bevy of health care job opportunities for individuals who already have or who are pursuing a four-year degree.

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist is a job with a starting salary of $42,000, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) (as of 2008). The BLS also notes that job outlook for occupational therapists are good. Those looking to enter this career should pursue a bachelor of science in occupational therapy and need to complete coursework in anatomy, human development and physics. Occupational therapists will need to earn a certification in addition to the minimum requirement of a four- year degree.

Healthcare Administrator

A medical and health services manager, also known as a health care administrator is in charge of planning, directing, coordinating and supervising the delivery of health care either in a specific department or for an entire facility or hospital. A four-year degree or on-the-job experience is often adequate for entry-level positions within small facilities and departments, while larger facilities may require a higher level of education. Expect to be paid well for this position as the median wage for this medical job was $80,000 as of 2008.

Clinical Laboratory Technician

A laboratory technician is someone who performs tests and analyzes the results that help detect, diagnose and treat diseases. This person is the relaying messenger to the physicians. Typically, an entry-level clinical laboratory technician requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or other related field. Lab technicians can expect to make upward of $27,000 per year.

Registered Nurse

A four-year nursing degree allows job seekers to apply for positions as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses work alongside doctors and treat and educate patients with a variety of issues. RNs also help perform diagnostic tests, analyze results, administer treatment and follow-up with patients. More than half of registered nurses work in hospitals, the remainder work throughout the medical field in private medical offices and facilities. RNs can expect to earn an average of $62,000 per year with job opportunities for nurses with a four-year degree expected to be excellent.