LBCC, OSU Two-Year Degrees Net Solid Salaries

In a recent article, Oregonlive compiled a list of the jobs with which someone with a two-year degree can make the highest salaries. As luck would have it, Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University both made the list many times.  

The following areas of study have netted LBCC graduates a median salary from $55,363 to $20,726 per year for the first year into their careers, and a five year median salary ranging from $63,083 to $30,912 per year. 

  • Health Professions and Related Programs 
  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 
  • All Instructional Programs 
  • Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies/Technicians 
  • Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians 
  • Engineering/Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians 
  • Precision Production 
  • Precision Metal Working 
  • Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians 
  • General Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies/Technicians 
  • Computer Programming 
  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations 
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 
  • Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services 
  • Dental Support Services and Allied Professions 
  • Visual and Performing Arts 
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • Design and Applied Arts 
  • Business Operations Support and Assistant Services 
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections; Health and Medical Administrative Services 
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 
  • Graphic Communications 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Culinary Arts and Related Services 
  • Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Health Technologies/Technicians 
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development 
  • Education 

What many might find surprising is that OSU also has two-year degree programs which can set a graduate up to a strong future. The median salaries range from $126,953 to $22,383 per year in the first year after graduation, and from $136,825 to $44,149 per year after year five.  

Some of these areas of study are:  

  • Health Professions and Related Programs 
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration 
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 
  • All Instructional Programs 
  • Engineering/ Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians 
  • Education 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering 
  • Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields 
  • Veterinary Medicine 
  • Instructional Programs 
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Construction Engineering 
  • Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 
  • Industrial Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Natural Resources and Conservation 
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Health Professions and Related Programs 
  • Nuclear Engineering 
  • Management Information Systems and Services 
  • Forest Engineering 
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 
  • Accounting and Related Services 
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions 
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences 
  • Finance and Financial Management Services 
  • Natural Resources and Conservation 
  • Engineering Physics 
  • Forestry 
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Food Science and Technology 
  • Zoology/Animal Biology 
  • Music 

For those looking to get out there and earn decent money, but who aren’t interested in pursuing a four-year degree, LBCC and OSU both have much to offer.  

By Marissa Roberts 

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