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Want to change careers, but don't want to spend four plus years in school preparing?
You're not alone.
According to Barbara Silva, a career educational specialist, many people are returning to school for certificate and associate's degree programs - programs that can generally be completed in as little as one to two years.
"Some may not be academically inclined and prefer more 'hands-on' learning," Silva says. "There are also those who are employed, but need at least an associate's degree to qualify for higher pay in the place where they work."
Check out these speedy career options that you could prepare for in as little as one to two years.
Career #1 - Computer Support Specialists
Are your friends and family always asking you to help them with technical problems? A position where you're helping others solve computer issues may be ideal for you.
As a computer support specialist, you could use your skills to help people and companies with their computer systems. You might use automatic diagnostics programs to solve software problems, or teach people to use new computer hardware and software.
Education Options: Some computer support specialist positions might require a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or information systems. The good news, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is that you can apply for some positions with a computer-related two-year associate's degree.*
Career #2 - Bookkeeper
Do you have a good head for numbers? Consider preparing to transition to a career in bookkeeping.
In this career, you might update and maintain accounting records, oversee bank deposits, or even handle payroll. You might also produce financial statements, prepare invoices, and keep track of overdue accounts.
Education Options: Look into earning a two-year associate's degree in business or accounting. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it's required for some bookkeeping positions.*
Career #3 - Paralegal
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