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Top 10 Occupations for People With an Associate's Degree
Take a look at what occupations economists expect to have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018 for people with an associate’s degree, according to the College Board

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Securing a full-time job in the current labor market is no easy feat. Here are the top 10 occupations that economists predict will have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018, according to the College Board.

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Registered Nurse

Nursing continues to be a growing profession, but shortages still persist. This in-demand career is expected to have 1,039,000 opening through in the next seven years.

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Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants

These direct-care occupations are expected to have 422,000 openings through 2018.

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Licensed Practical Nurse

LPNs are responsible for taking patients’ temperature, changing dressings and other everyday maintenances to make sure recovery goes to plan.  Between 2008 and 2018, economists expect 391,000 openings in this field.

9. Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers

Computer Support Specialist

Help-desk technicians offer support solving hardware and software problems.  So if you’re a techie at heart, your skills can help land you a job; 235,000 job openings are expected in this field from 2008 to 2018.

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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, Cosmetologists

If you’re interested in the latest trends in hairstyles and makeup, consider entering the beauty industry. Openings for hairdressers, hairstylists, cosmetologists are predicted to grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2018 with 220,000 job openings, according to the College Board.

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Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

As cars become more technologically advanced, mechanics are in high demand with 182,000 openings between 2008-2018.

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Preschool Teachers (Except special education)

If you enjoy working with little kids there are expected to be 178,000 openings for preschool teachers from 2008-2018. Preschool teachers introduce young children under the age of 6 to school while helping them develop vocabulary, problem solving and social skills.

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Insurance Sales Agent

Insurance sales agents are responsible for helping clients choose insurance policies that protect their lives, health and property. Job openings for insurance agents are expected to sit at 153,000 through 2018.

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Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technicians

HVACR technicians are responsible for the instillation care and repair of all systems that regulate temperature throughout homes and buildings. The field is expected to have 136,000 through 2018.

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Real Estate Sales Agents

Despite the current state of the housing market, economists expect 128,000 job openings for brokers between 2008 and 2018.

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Top 10 Occupations for People With an Associate's Degree

Take a look at what occupations economists expect to have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018 for people with an associate’s degree, according to the College Board

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