Getting your foot in the door of a good paying job is absolutely possible. Earning the academic documentation to accompany you into certain employee positions is definitely doable as well. So what are two types of college degrees that people usually pursue, when they think of going back to school? The first would be an associate degree. And the other would be a bachelor degree.
*The associate degree can be awarded in academic or professional subjects and also in terminal career and technical programs. Credits earned in associate degree programs can be transferred to bachelor's degree programs under certain conditions. The transfer of credits from associate degree programs to bachelor's degree programs are usually governed by what are called articulation agreements between institutions.
*An associate degree can be defined as "An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of at least 2 but less than 4 years of full-time academic study or more than 60, but less than 120 semester credit hours" (NCES). Unlike certificate and diploma programs, the associate degree is a recognized higher education degree. Most associate degrees earned in academic programs are Associate of Arts (AA) or Science (AS) degrees. Associate degrees earned in professional, technical or terminal programs are frequently called Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, but will sometimes carry the name of the program of study in the title.
**The bachelor's degree is the most common first degree in U.S. higher education and is the degree that gives access to advanced studies. U.S. bachelor's degrees are usually planned to take 4 academic years of full-time study to complete. However, many degrees take longer to complete, including those in engineering, architecture and other fields; and many bachelor's degrees are completed in less than 4 years by highly qualified and motivated students. Bachelor's degrees may be awarded in academic or professional fields of study.
**The bachelor's degree may be defined as "An award that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a 5-year cooperative (work-study) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years." (NCES).
**U.S. bachelor degree programs usually include requirements for breadth as well as depth of study, and students will fulfill what are called liberal or general studies requirements for introductory knowledge in several subjects as well as a concentration in one or more subjects, called a "major."
Most people will try to obtain an associates or bachelors degree due to a common requirement that many companies have nowadays. Seemingly, a handful of employers ask that potential employees have at least an associates or bachelors degree. So when deciding on what degree program is best for you, do take into account a job you would like to have someday and model your final decision after the type of official education achievements you will need to carry with you into that career field.