Whether you are about to graduate from high school, or whether you are in your fifties and you want to start over in a new career, you will want to weigh your options carefully. You probably won’t want to spend the next eight years or so in medical school, especially if you are an older person. If that route is open to you because of your excellent academic record and drive to succeed, it is a truly worthwhile occupation. However, most people would prefer a career that did not take so much work and so many years of training. Luckily, some of the highest paying medical careers can be had with less than four years of training.
People are often surprised to find that a career such as nursing can be had with as little as two years of training. There are four year nursing degrees, and those degrees may help you get ahead in the future, but an associate’s degree in nursing leads to the same RN license as a four year program. Many people choose to save money and time by going to the two year program, and then completing the other two years to get their bachelor’s degree in their spare time, or at night after work. This is a way to get your degree without going into debt from four years of full time school before you begin earning a salary.
Another career that takes about two years for most people to complete is ultrasound tech. And with an average ultrasound technician salary in the United States of over $60,000, this is a desirable career indeed. On top of which the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that this career is expected to continue to be in high demand for the next several decades, which means there should be plenty of jobs available, as well as opportunities for career advancement.