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Match Career to Degree

A sampling of careers and their required degrees

If you have a career in mind and wonder about its degree requirements, browse this list of occupations. The degree shown for each profession is a minimum requirement. You can earn higher-level degrees and stay within your field; for example, work as a teacher and earn a graduate degree. To find education requirements for other jobs, visit the online Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Sample careers and college degrees

Two-year college
(Associate degree)
Four-year college
(Bachelor's degree)
Over four years of college
(Graduate degree required)
  • Administrative assistant
  • Automotive mechanic
  • Cardiovascular technician
  • Commercial artist
  • Computer technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Drafter
  • Engineering technician
  • Funeral director
  • Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technician
  • Hotel/restaurant manager
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical record technician
  • Registered nurse
  • Surgical technologist
  • Surveyor
  • Water and wastewater treatment plant operator
  • Accountant
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Dietitian
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Engineer
  • FBI agent
  • Graphic designer
  • Insurance agent
  • Investment banker
  • Journalist
  • Medical iIllustrator
  • Pharmacist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Recreational therapist
  • Research assistant
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Visual artist
  • Writer
  • Architect
  • Biologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Economist
  • Geologist
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Paleontologist
  • Priest
  • Psychologist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Rabbi
  • Scientist
  • Sociologist
  • University professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist


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