Top jobs with a 2-year degree in 2012
Air traffic controllers lead a list of the highest-paying jobs requiring only an "associate's" degree.
The folks at Forbes, citing a study from financial literacy website "nerdwallet", looked at the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs for people with two-year degrees.
Controllers are followed by construction managers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and dental hygienists.
Associate's degrees have lower tuition rates, and shorter payback periods and in these cases, the jobs have higher median salaries than those for the average grad with a four-year degree.