Hi Michael, it is always a good idea to get a degree because it says as much about your content knowledge as your transferable skills: the ability to complete a structured curriculum; drive; vision; critical thinking, writing, and communication skills; the desire to learn for the sake of learning and growing as a professional; and the ability to think long term. Look into the specific criteria for MRI Tech, for sure, but remember that in about 5-10 years, that work will look very different. You always, always want to keep yourself marketable and the transferable skills an Associate's tells about you are going to keep you marketable. Next steps:
- Review carefully the pre-reqs required for the MRI Tech program; some of them require an Associate's Degree: https://www.aimseducation.edu/blog/answered-become-mri-tech/
- Look at the 10-year out projection for MRI Techs: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
- Plan out your career (you don't have to set it in stone): what will your job title be when you are 25, 35, 45, and 55.
- Then go study super hard and do really well in your technical training and AA, and take steps from there to have a long, successful career.
Let me know if you have any questions. :) Best, -- Maya