From one-year certificates to four-year degrees, higher education equals opportunity.

Different careers require different levels of education. UtahFutures can help you understand the kind of education required for the career you want.

 

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE TYPICAL PROGRAM LENGTH EDUCATIONAL OR CAREER GOAL ACHIEVED EXAMPLES OF CAREER AREAS (WITH MANY MORE POSSIBLE)
Certificate Typically one year, but may be longer Entry-level employment in a particular career
  • Aerospace/aviation
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Marketing
  • Respiratory Therapy
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Two years Provides broad knowledge for solid employment preparation and possible career advancement
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Dental hygiene
  • Digital media
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Two years Completion of the academic foundation for transfer to a four-year degree Any field for which a four-year degree is offered
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Minimum of four years, but may be longer depending upon major chosen Specialized knowledge for entry into career or preparation for future study at the graduate level The sky’s the limit…degrees from “A” (Accounting) to “Z” (Zoology)
Master’s or Professional Varies, but generally two or three years; usually after earning a bachelor’s degree Qualification for a particular career or for career advancement requiring preparation beyond the bachelor’s degree or for entry into doctoral program Professional master’s:

  • Social Work
  • School Administration
  • Fine Arts

Master’s for doctoral program entry:

  • Almost any field
Doctorate Varies, but generally no less than four years Career entry or advancement for fields requiring experience in research methods Almost any field