Careers for applied science degrees

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Careers for applied science degrees
An applied science degree can jump start your career. (science image by peter Hires Images from

An applied science degree is the culmination of two years of study at a technical or community college, resulting in an associate's degree with a concentration in the student's preferred field of study. Technical schools offer students the ability to focus on fields such as security, vehicles, health care, computers and food preparation; classes are often small and allow an immediate immersion into the coursework required for the job. Students who earn their associate's in applied science can seek out a variety of jobs in their chosen fields.

Criminal Justice

A student who has graduated with an associate's degree in applied science with a focus on criminal justice may apply the degree toward a career in security, corrections, detective work, or obtain a job as a police officer, investigator, probation officer, or transfer the degree toward an institution of higher learning and pursue an education toward a career as a lawyer, FBI or CIA worker, customs official, or detective.

Auto Body Technician

Students who are interested in cars who have completed an associate's degree in applied science (community and technical colleges offer the ability to concentrate in auto-related areas such as repair, maintenance and paint) will be well suited to pursue a career as a mechanic, collision-repair specialist, custom paint technician or glass installer. Students with this education and these skills may be employed at large chain repair shops, may open their own individual garages or may work on commission or freelance. Large agencies such as the AAA also employ technicians to help motorists stranded with car troubles.

Registered Nurse

According to Health Guide USA, the requirement for registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than other careers at least through 2016, as much as 23 per cent more. Students who seek an associate's degree in applied sciences with a nursing focus will be well suited to seek out those jobs, which may be in hospitals, addiction and rehab centres, nursing homes, elderly care facilities, or as in-home care specialists. Registered nurses also may find work in doctors' offices, seeing patients to free up the doctor's schedule, or in schools.

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