If you're considering pursuing a business degree, then there is a lot to learn and take into consideration when it comes to the decision as to which degree type to pursue: an associate's or a bachelor's degree.

When choosing a school, you also have the option of pursuing a degree online. Some schools allow you to take a few of your required courses online, whereas other schools allow you to do the entire degree program completely online.

If you feel that you learn better within the physical presence of a teacher in a classroom setting, then avoid online degree programs at all costs because you don't want to set yourself up for failure.

Business Degree Levels

Business degree levels include associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, but we're going to focus on the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. With an associate's degree, you have the option of an AS degree or an AAS degree.

An AAS degree is for students that decide they're only interested in pursuing an associate's degree for now and are ready to just get started on their career path, whereas an AS degree prepares you for further study in a bachelor's degree program upon completion of your associate's degree.

However, credits from an AAS degree can be applied later towards a bachelor degree if a student decides to further their education in the future.

Associates Degree Facts:

An associate degree program is a two-year program with degrees typically including Accounting degrees and Business Administration degrees. Depending upon which direction you plan on heading in with your career, you can pick a business degree type that focuses on small business if you're a future entrepreneur, marketer, accountant, etc.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements will vary per school, but basic admission requirements include high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and a satisfactory placement with the student assessment test that you'll have to complete before admission.

Career Opportunities

With an associate's degree in business, students are prepared for entry-level careers in positions that include bookkeeper, accounting clerk, payroll clerk, small business manager, and other various entry-level management positions.

Bachelor's Degree Facts:

If you want a more powerful career position and would like to move onto a master's degree program later, or would just like to settle with a bachelor's degree making more money than with an associate's degree, then you'll prefer a bachelor's program.

Bachelor's degree programs typically take four years to complete and will prepare you for an entry-level career in business with opportunities to advance quickly.

Admission Requirements

Again, as with the associate's degree programs, each school will have different requirements before placement in a bachelor's degree program. Bachelor's degree prerequisites typically include successful completion of an associate's program while maintaining a certain grade point average and also require completion of a certain number of credits.

This number of credits required will vary per school, so check with your school of choice as to their credit requirements for placement into a bachelor's program.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for bachelor's graduates include: general and operations managers, quality control systems managers, industrial production managers, social and community service managers, management analysts, storage and distribution managers, supply chain managers, business continuity planners, marketers, and various entrepreneurial careers, trader careers, and commercial real estate careers. There is so much that you can do with a bachelor's degree in business.

Salary Information

The median annual salary for an individual with a bachelor's degree in business is $86,110, and median wage of $41.40 an hour. In 2014 there were around 287,300 jobs in business that required a bachelor’s degree, with an expected increase of 8% between then and 2024.

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