You Don’t Always Need a Degree! What do MRI technologists, electricians, radiation technologists and computer support specialists all have in common? None of these careers require a four-year college degree. Many STEM jobs are considered middle- skill occupations. These require more training than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor's degree. For example, a high-paying technician career in the nuclear industry requires a certificate in radiation safety. This takes a total of one year and includes a summer internship at INL or another nuclear site. This certificate can be obtained at many colleges, including the College of Eastern Idaho (CEI). Another example is a degree or certification in information assurance or cybersecurity. A degree in applied science can be earned within two years, or a certificate in one year. These programs are also available at various colleges, including CEI. 7