Highest paying jobs that require a 2 year degree in Champaign

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July 15, 2022
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Highest paying jobs that require a 2 year degree in Champaign

Although it all depends on what you make of it, choosing to further your education may lead to higher paying job opportunities. An associate’s degree takes just two years and offers more affordable tuition rates than a four-year school. As of April 2022, the average yearly salary for an individual with an associate’s degree comes out to $45,989.

Students have a plethora of specialties to choose from when obtaining a 2-year degree, from industry-specific roles in health care or IT or a more generalized education path. Salaries differ between areas of study, job type, experience, and, of course, location. A Georgetown University study that looked at job growth and education requirements through 2020 stated that 30% of job openings required “at least some college or an associate’s degree.” Students can choose to head right into the workforce after earning an associate’s, or continue their education toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

The unemployment rate for associate’s degree holders is only 2%, according to research from the Education Data Initiative. Having an associate’s degree under your belt is proven to increase one’s chance of holding a professional or management position in any number of industries, among them education and health, wholesale retail and trade, and professional and business services.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest and lowest paying jobs that require a 2-year degree in Champaign-Urbana, IL using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

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#16. Preschool teachers, except special education

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $32,930
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,550
- Employment: 370,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#15. Broadcast technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $35,060
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- Employment: 25,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,430)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($70,990)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,950)
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#14. Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $39,190
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,170
- Employment: 108,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,410)
--- Napa, CA ($54,120)
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#13. Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $43,520
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,960
- Employment: 31,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($79,780)
--- Huntsville, AL ($78,320)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($76,970)
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#12. Veterinary technologists and technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $43,980
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,860
- Employment: 109,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,990)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,220)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($51,340)

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#11. Architectural and civil drafters

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $49,910
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,120
- Employment: 99,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($76,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,700)
--- Anchorage, AK ($75,650)
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#10. Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,930
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,590
- Employment: 67,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,190)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($83,250)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($81,340)
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#9. Paralegals and legal assistants

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,550
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,610
- Employment: 332,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($90,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($76,960)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,640)
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#8. Industrial engineering technologists and technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $60,490
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,920
- Employment: 62,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS ($94,360)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($90,460)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($86,020)
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#7. Respiratory therapists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $60,920
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,640
- Employment: 131,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($113,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,330)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($101,690)

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#6. Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,830
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,310
- Employment: 115,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area ($99,890)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($91,980)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($90,780)
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#5. Radiologic technologists and technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,880
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,840
- Employment: 206,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($127,890)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($118,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($118,100)
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#4. Computer network support specialists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $67,320
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,040
- Employment: 184,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($94,120)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($93,670)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($92,190)
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#3. Dental hygienists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $70,210
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $78,050
- Employment: 194,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($125,750)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($122,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($119,320)
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#2. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,920
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,960
- Employment: 39,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($133,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,930)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($120,550)

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#1. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $77,280
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,790
- Employment: 73,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($138,110)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($137,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($131,080)

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