Considering an associate's degree? Then take note: There's a slate of well-paying, fast-growing gigs for those with just two years of schooling.
CNBC Make It combed through data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to identify 11 occupations that pay workers more than $55,000 a year and require only an associate's degree.
It turns out that certain jobs (like those in the healthcare industry) are growing at a rapid pace. Each of the jobs on this list will grow faster than 7 percent, the average rate of job growth in the United States. Some will grow at three or four times that rate.
These in-demand jobs are also well-paying, as employers compete for workers. All the jobs on this list earn thousands more than the $41,496 average annual salary those with associate's degrees typically earn, according to the BLS. In fact, one of these gigs pays almost double that wage.
So, if you're looking to outearn your friends, pick an associate's degree that readies you for one of these 11 in-demand occupations.