Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:53PM - 94 Views
Martha Sparks
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In our current economy two things are true, first, everyone wants a high paying job and second everyone wants a bargain. Earning an associate degree at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College may give you both.

The good news is that is isn’t too late to begin. Southern has extended registration for the spring semester through January 17. New and returning students may enroll in person at any of the college’s five locations or at southernwv.edu. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

According to the Census Bureau, associate degree holders earn an average of $400,000 more over a lifetime than high school graduates. Annual tuition may be less than $3,000, making it an educational bargain.

Southern offers many programs that are considered careers to see ‘growth’ in the job market. Some of the hottest job prospects are in Accounting, Nursing, Applied Science and Information Technology.

With an associate degree in accounting under your belt, you’ll be prepared for a number of entry-level accounting jobs. One such occupation is an accounts receivable/payable clerk. According to Salary.com earnings start around $26000and could reach nearly $50000 with experience.

An associate degree in nursing can land you a staff position in a hospital or other inpatient facility. Job growth in the field should remain strong through the decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the BLS, the 2010 median annual pay for full-time RNs was just under $65,000.

Applied science is a broad field of study that can include concentrations in electrical engineering and survey technology. Depending on the field of study the BLS reports that salaries range from about $40,000 to more than $90,000 for experienced workers.

An associate degree in information technology may qualify you for a job as an IT specialist, network technician, help-desk analyst, support specialist, computer specialist or data-processing auditor. According to the BLS, job growth in all IT areas should remain high through 2018, with plenty of opportunities for advancement. Many experienced workers choose to start their own computer-consulting businesses.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is currently registering for the spring semester. For more information visit our website at www.southernwv.edu.

Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin. For further information visit www.southernwv.edu or call 1-866-SWCTC1.

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