Finding a career that fits your personality, lifestyle, and goals doesn’t have to include attending a four-year university or pursuing a master’s degree. Some of the most rewarding careers that offer impressive salaries require only a two-year associate’s degree to enter the field.

Whether switching careers or pursuing your first full-time job, STEM careers are still one of the fastest-growing career paths, with a projected growth rate of 10.8% between 2021 and 2031. With an associate’s degree, especially in a STEM field, you have opportunities to break into a career that meets all of your standards.

Here is a list of ten high-earning jobs that our team at One Tech Staffing can help you transition into. 

1. Aerospace Engineering Technologists & Technicians

Aerospace engineering technologists and technicians operate and maintain aircraft and spacecraft equipment. This occupation may require time in offices, labs, and manufacturing plants and is on track to be above average in its growth rate.

Median Annual Salary: $68,570

2. Aircraft & Avionics Mechanics & Technicians

Working on location on airfields, hangars, and repair stations, aircraft mechanics and technicians perform regular maintenance and unscheduled repairs on various aircraft and avionic equipment.

This occupation is projected to be one of the fastest-growing jobs in the next few years!

Median Annual Salary: $66,680

3. Civil Engineering Technologists & Technicians

Often observing and working in construction sites, civil engineering technicians and technologists work with engineers to design and build infrastructure and city development projects. While the projected job growth in this industry isn’t expected to be as high as others, it’s still a growing field by about 2% for the foreseeable future.

Median Annual Salary: $54,080

4. Drafters

Drafters turn the designs of architects and engineers into computer-generated technical drawings. While most drafting positions are office jobs, some work on job sites might be required.

Job growth in this industry is expected to stabilize or even decline over the next ten years, but it is still a vital part of the engineering complex.

Median Annual Salary: $57,960

5. Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Electro-mechanical technicians work with automated, robotic, and electro-mechanical equipment. They operate, test, and maintain the machinery, usually in an industrial setting.

The occupational outlook for placement in this industry is leveling out but is a needed role in mechanical industries.

Median Annual Salary: $59,800

6. Environmental Technologists & Technicians

In this profession, technologists and technicians help environmental engineers implement their designs and plans to solve environmental problems. With opportunities to work in the office and in the field, these jobs provide work-life variety and are expected to be needed positions for many years.

Median Annual Salary: $51,630

7. Geological & Hydrologic Technicians

Working closely with engineers and scientists, geological and hydrologic technicians help discover, extract, and monitor natural resources. The projected job growth in this field is set to increase by 9% over the next decade.

Median Annual Salary: $50,630

8. Industrial Engineering Technologists & Technicians

As an industrial engineering technician or technologist, your role is to assist engineers in developing improvements in production processes to help businesses be more profitable.

With steady growth forecasted over the next few years, it’s a stable industry to move into!

Median Annual Salary: $60,220

9. Mechanical Technologists & Technicians

Working directly with engineers, mechanical technologists and technicians help design, develop, test, and manufacture devices and machinery for various industries. The industry is generally growing at a projected rate of 6% over the next ten years.

Median Annual Salary: $58,230

10. Medical Equipment Repair Technicians

Medical equipment repair technicians work in healthcare facilities, and as the name suggests, they install, repair, and maintain equipment used in medical procedures and patient care. Like so many other positions in the healthcare industry, job growth is projected to continue increasing for the next few years.

Median Annual Salary: $51,610

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