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6 high-paying jobs you can get in Atlanta with an associate degree

More money, less school? If that's your goal, certain careers and paths of study are for you.

Hot jobs in Georgia that only require an associate degree and still pay top dollar are out there.

»RELATED: 7 fastest-growing, well-paying Georgia jobs that don't require a four-year degree 

Be forewarned, though: Some of the salaries are so appealing you might start dreaming of switching to one of these high-paying fields even if you've already earned a bachelor's or attained higher levels of education.

Here are some of the best options, including what they pay, what you'd be doing at work and how the prospects look through 2026. Based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its Occupational Outlook Handbook, these six jobs in Georgia provide high pay but don't require education beyond an associate degree:

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A web developer needs only an associate degree to earn on average $66K per year. (Contributed by eInsurance.com/For the AJC)

Web developers

Work experience in a related field: None

Median national annual wage 2016: $66,130, $31.79 per hour

These designers and creators of websites are responsible for both the style and the technical performance, evaluated based on a website's speed and how much traffic it can handle. The developer's education or background (or both) needs to address design and technical skills. Almost one in six web developers were self-employed in 2016. The job outlook for web developers is forecast to increase by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than average.

Nuclear technician

Work experience in a related occupation: None

Median national annual wage 2016: $79,140, or $38.05 per hour

Most nuclear technicians work in nuclear power plants and have earned an associate degree in nuclear science or a nuclear-related technology, which is followed by extensive on-the-job training. They do work around radiation, typically monitoring radiation levels with instruments including Geiger counters or collecting air or soil samples to test for contamination. Nuclear technicians may also assist physicists, engineers or other professionals in nuclear research.

Tyra Patterson earned her paralegal certificate. She is now working for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Paralegals and legal assistants

Work experience in a related field: None

2016 median pay nationwide: $49,500

Paralegals get paid well to perform tasks that support attorneys, like maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. They usually work full-time and may pull some overtime to meet legal deadlines. The job outlook for paralegals is growing at a faster-than-average rate, with the BLS anticipating a 15 percent increase in employment for the group between 2016 and 2026.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

Work experience in a related occupation: None

2016 annual mean wage in Georgia: $59,43, hourly $28.57

Employees in these positions work closely with engineers in settings that include manufacturing and federal government work sites. People who work as electrical technicians may help design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices or navigational equipment. While the pay-to-education ratio is favorable, employment for these careers is projected to grow just 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations.

Computer network support specialists

Experience in a related field: None

Georgia annual mean wage 2017: $69,740, $33.53 hourly

A network support spot is a reliable springboard to other information technology positions, including jobs as computer systems administrators and software developers. The job outlook for computer network support specialists includes an 11 percent growth in annual jobs between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than average. Many employers take applicants with an associate degree, although some prefer applicants to have a bachelor's.

Funeral service workers and managers

Work experience in a related field: Less than five years

2016 median pay nationwide: $54,830, $26.36 per hour for workers; $73,830 for directors

Funeral homes and crematories employ workers with associate degrees in funeral services or mortuary science, usually to plan or organize the details of funerals. Long work days are a common drawback of the job description, including evenings and weekends.

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