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2 24 G.I. JOBS | JANUARY 2019 | GIJOBS.COM 4 GREAT JOBS THAT ONLY REQUIRE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE BY TIM MALLOY A four-year college degree is not for everyone. In fact, many military veterans understandably have more responsibilities than their typically younger, civilian classmates. Many veterans who go back to school may have a family and may also be working full time. An associate degree may be the best route to take, as it will get you the education needed to land a great job, while taking half the time of a bachelor's degree. DENTAL HYGIENISTS Dental hygienists clean patients' teeth, examine them for signs of oral disease and provide insight as to how they can improve their oral health. HOW TO BECOME A DENTAL HYGIENIST You will need at least an associate degree in dental hygiene, which takes three years to complete. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but specific requirements vary by state. During education for a dental hygiene degree, students will experience classroom, clinical and laboratory studies. OUTLOOK FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST JOBS According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a dental hygienist as of May 2017 was $74,070. Dental hygienist jobs are expected to grow 20 percent by 2026, which is much faster than the average occupation. PARALEGAL Paralegals perform many tasks to support lawyers, such as conducting legal research, helping in the preparation of cases and organizing legal files. Paralegals often use computer software to organize and catalogue documents that are obtained in preparation of, and during court hearings and trials. Because of this, paralegals must be familiar with computers and software used for information discovery. HOW TO BECOME A PARALEGAL To become a paralegal you will most likely need at least an associate degree in paralegal studies, or in a related field. Many employers will offer on-the-job training for their paralegals. OUTLOOK FOR PARALEGAL JOBS According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for paralegal jobs as of May 2017 was $50,410. Employment of paralegals is expected to grow 15 percent by the year 2026, which is much faster than the average occupation. While the majority of paralegals will continue to be employed by law firms, many corporations will develop in-house legal teams that will include paralegals. PHOTO BY RAWPIXEL ON UNSPLASH $74,070 SALARY $50,410 SALARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATE DEGREES

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