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« on: Jun 29, 2009 10:58 PM »


Just a quick question,

What is an associate degree?

Esp in comparison to:

Bachelor
Masters
PhD

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 29, 2009 11:36 PM »

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A 2 year degree with something added more than liberal arts. ie science

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 30, 2009 01:30 AM »

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An Associates Degree will often allow a graduate to enter the workforce with the training and certification required to earn a decent living in a technical field, especially in the sciences, engineering and medical fields.  With tuition as high as it is, an Associates Degree from a community college or reputable business school can be a very good deal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associate%27s_degree

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 30, 2009 03:10 AM »

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I only have an associates in science/dietary and my husband has one in engineering and they are pretty much worthless in today's world...or at least in upstate NY.
Most places want a four year degree.
When i was 'growing up' all you needed was an associates and you could have a middle class life- that all changed in the 90's.

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 30, 2009 09:31 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 01, 2009 10:19 AM »

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an associate degree was called a diploma in the UK. It allowed you to enter industry as a technician. You could join a technical/professional group as an associate member. With experience and more study you could work your way up both in the firm and in the professional group.

With a Bachelor's degree you could join as an officer. Your grounding in the chosen field was deeper, and you could expect to be given new problems to solve, not repetitive work. That allowed you a faster promotion and more responsibilities sooner. You could get to the Board.

With time, a Bachelor's wasn't sufficient. You needed a Masters, and with more sophistication, you now needed courses in Business Administration to go beyond a certain point in your career, unless you wanted to stay a specialist in your field. In that case, big companies provided a professional career path parallel to management.

If you did a PhD, your chances of employment in the British Industry went down. In Europe, and the US, your chances were better, if you could demonstrate a command over the subject (which had to relevant to your employer's field of business), and if you could also provide evidence of leadership.
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