Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees are often earned at community or junior colleges, although some four-year colleges and universities also offer associate degree programs. With this type of education, you can begin a career in a variety of fields. Some of these areas of work include the dental field, nursing and criminal justice.

Features

An Associate of Science degree is a two-year college degree in general studies, usually with a concentration in math, science or technology.

Requirements

To earn this degree, you will need to complete 60 credits with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.0.

Function

Jobs that require an Associate of Science span many career fields and include Registered Nurse, Retail Store Manager, Dental Hygienist, Administrative Assistant, Project Manager (Construction), Operations Manager, Massage Therapist and Corrections Officer.

Considerations

You can also use the credits you earned for an associate degree to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Benefits

You can complete most associate degree programs by going part-time. Completing your degree could raise your salary 23 percent over just a high school education.