7 Entry-Level Technology Jobs for 2-Year Degree Holders


Wouldn’t it be nice to actually enjoy going to work for once? You wouldn’t cringe every time your alarm clock sounds. If only it were as easy as quitting your current job and strolling right into the tech job of your dreams. But you know it’s not that simple. There are so many questions to answer before you can even begin to consider a career. 

Do I need a degree? How long will it take? Will two-year or associate’s-degree jobs pay enough to provide for my family? Will there even be a job for me when I graduate?

Before you let the potential hurdles scare you from pursuing your goals, take comfort in the following information: There are entry-level tech jobs out there and you could land one, even without a four-year degree.

The value of an associate’s degree for entry-level technology jobs

While there are benefits to earning a bachelor’s degree, you don’t necessarily have to spend four years preparing for a fulfilling tech job. Because the tech field is so focused on skills, employers tend to focus less on the degree and more on what you can demonstrably do. That said, you can still benefit from the structure and discipline of a formal education in an associate’s program.

A classroom setting can provide you with the support needed to build a foundation of skills and knowledge that can prepare you for success in the field. Formal education will also provide you with the chance to learn from experienced faculty and interact with and learn from other students who are in the same position as you. Not to mention—with an associate’s degree, you’ll have the opportunity to get established in an entry-level role sooner. From there, you can always choose to return to school if you find your career options limited.

2-year degree jobs in tech

So what positions could you potentially land with an associate’s degree? We used job posting analysis software to identify seven of the top occupations seeking candidates with an Associate’s degree. We then paired this information with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in order to give you a better understanding of the job duties, career outlooks and earning potential for each position.1 It should be noted that the salary information provided below reflects workers of all levels of experience and education and should not be considered an entry-level salary.

1. Computer support specialist

As a computer support specialist, you’ll be on the front lines of IT tech support. This role will have you diving deep into finding fixes for users' technical problems. You'll need to be more than just technically proficient though; as a support specialist, you will be interacting both with power users and novices, so strong communication skills are a must. A two-year degree combined with relevant certifications will allow you to stand out when applying for these positions.

2. Software developer

Software developers are the talented tech professionals creating, testing and modifying software applications used for wide variety of purposes. Software developers are responsible for meeting with stakeholders, mapping out user needs and writing code that meets these needs. Software developers often work in teams, with large projects usually broken down into pieces. The collaborative nature of this work makes the communication and organizational ability of a software developer very important—so don’t assume employers are just looking for a long list of programming language proficiencies on a resume.

3. Network and computer systems administrator

Network administrators are responsible for the setup and maintenance of an organization’s computer network. This role is crucial—if the network goes down, every employee’s productivity grinds to a halt. As you might expect, this can result in long hours during times of crisis, but the compensation may make for a fair trade-off.

4. Computer systems analyst

Computer systems analysts operate at the intersection of IT and business. In this role, you would evaluate the large scale technology needs of a company or organization and suggest improvements or plans for implementation. You may also help install new systems and train employees in the right way to utilize their technology.

5. Information security analyst

With the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it’s no wonder that the role of an information security analyst has such a strong growth projection. Employers have a clear understanding of what’s at stake when it comes to information security and are investing in staff to help prevent headline-grabbing security failures. If you choose to pursue this career, you can expect to monitor network security, research new protection methods, inform employees of security best practices and even perform your own penetration testing to identify weak points before someone else does.

6. Database administrator

There’s a lot of data in the world—a lot. And we often take it for granted, being able to access it easily in an instant. As a database administrator, you would be the one to organize and securely store that ocean of 1s and 0s. This role requires an in-depth understanding of database languages like SQL, and you will need to grasp how data is used by various systems in order to properly structure its storage system.

7. Web developer

Websites are an incredibly important part of any company. They’re the virtual storefront, so it only makes sense for businesses to invest heavily in their upkeep and design. The duties of web developers may vary depending on the size and needs of the organization, so it is important to understand the distinction between front-end and back-end development before applying. 

  • BLS Projected job outlook (2018-2028): 13 percent growth2
  • 2018 Median annual salary: $69,4302
  • Corresponding degree: Web Programming Associate’s degree

Find your perfect entry-level tech job

There are no two ways around it—it’s a big decision to go back to school, and committing to a bachelor’s degree just might be too much for you right now. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. As you can see, there are several intriguing tech careers you can launch with a two-year degree. 

While it might be more challenging to get a shot at consideration without a bachelor’s degree, it’s important to remember that many of these roles are “show me” jobs, and being able to prove your ability is a big plus. Seeking out opportunities to work on tangible projects related to your desired position is key. Any so-called “real life” applications of the skills you learn can help close the perception gap between you and candidates with more time spent in the classroom. 

If you think one of the jobs listed above would be a good fit for you, don’t let education be what holds you back. Check out the Rasmussen College School of Technology page to find a program that can help you take the next step toward a promising future.

1Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 17,203 entry-level technology job postings seeking candidates with an associate’s degree, February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020)
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [accessed February, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Information represents national, averaged data for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Completion time is dependent on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.

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Hannah Meinke

Hannah Meinke is a writer at Collegis Education. She enjoys helping people discover their purpose and passion by crafting education and career-related content on behalf of Rasmussen University.

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