Earning an associate’s degree can be beneficial in helping you get a job or earning a higher wage.  According to Montgomery College, individuals with an associate’s degree earn almost $600,000 more during their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.  If you choose to pursue an associate’s degree to help you advance in the workplace, there are some recommended courses to take for your associate’s degree.



Regardless of the job you have or company you work for you need good communication skills to excel in the workplace.  While obtaining your associate’s degree, it’s important to take courses such as speech and English composition as these help improve your writing and speaking skills.



Depending on the type of associate’s degree you’re pursuing, you may be required to take College Algebra or more advanced math courses.  Even if this isn’t required, it’s beneficial to take a college level math class.  Many colleges have created applied or technical math classes.  These teach math as it relates to the workplace instead of presenting algebra problems that you may never use again outside the classroom.


Classes for a Major

One of the benefits of an associate’s degree is that you can take classes towards a degree without having to declare a major.  If you haven’t decided what career you want to pursue, it is recommended you take courses from different fields to see what interests you.  Most colleges also offer a course designed to help you select a major.  In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about career fields in each major plus complete an interest and skills survey that identifies which careers are a good fit based on your interests and personality.


Fun Classes

Getting your associate’s degree is a great time to pursue classes that look fun or interesting but don’t apply to a specific career or major.  This includes classes such as glass blowing, golf or bowling.  Just make sure that you don’t take too many fun classes in place of required courses as this will delay the time it takes to get your associate’s degree.