The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree
AllHealthcare, CareerVoyages.gov, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
10. Massage Therapist
Massage therapy is being used as a means of treating painful ailments, reducing stress, and rehabilitating injuries. Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different kinds of modalities. Not all of these specialties are used for clinical purposes, though. However, the healing benefits of massage therapy are prevalent whether for treatment of an injury or as a relaxation technique.
Training standards and requirements vary be state. However, there are many massage therapy postsecondary schools that offer associate degrees. In most states, graduation from an accredited or approved program is required in order to practice. Licensure is not required, although it is recommended.
As massage therapy gains popularity, the employment of massage therapists will increase. A growing interest in holistic and alternative medicine has fueled the massage therapy field. Recently, the benefits of massage therapy have been researched, as it has proven to be a viable medicinal option.
Projected Need: 37,000
Projected Growth: 18-26%
Median Hourly Wage: $16/hr