Explore Sample Career Degrees

Understand how to prepare for the kind of career you want.


Even though there are no rules about all jobs, this list generally applies to the careers listed. Some people who have jobs on the 4-year college list, for instance, may actually have graduate degrees, or may work toward one. A teacher, for instance, might obtain a master's degree while teaching. Think of this as a list of the requirements for an entry level position in a particular career.

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

See also


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