Associate’s Degrees are 2-year college degrees. Some careers require an associate’s degree as a minimum, but keep in mind that although you might be going after skills training for a hands-on job, you’re going to have to take general education courses also like math, english, history, etc. as well as the courses that are specific to the career you’re pursuing.
Also, some people get their 2-year Associate’s Degree, and THEN later on choose to go to college for another 2 years to get their Bachelor’s Degree. It’s called transferring, and it’s usually a great idea if you think you want to continue your education.
As a heads up, community colleges and junior colleges offer Associate’s Degrees, but some traditional 4 year colleges and universities also offer them so don’t rule them out.