Alvin Community College Guide to Careers

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Choosing a career path is an important decision and ACC is dedicated to providing an education to fit a wide variety of career goals. Choose from certificates, associate degrees and transfer studies to prepare you for careers that support your unique interests and ambitions.

Enterprising

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Business Careers

Can you see yourself starting a business or managing an organization? Thrive on order and accountability? Then business studies just might be the place for you.

Business Administration, AS

Court Reporting, AAS & Enhanced Skills Certificate 

Court Reporting Scopist, Certificate

Human Resource Management, CE Certificate

Management, AAS, Certificate

Office Administration – Administrative Assistant, AAS

Office Administration – Administrative Support, Certificate

Office Administration – Office Assistant, Certificate

Paralegal, AAS, Certificate

Professional Development, CE Certificate

Possible Career Paths / Texas Average Salary

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $36,430

Court Reporter $49,860

Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants $35,970

First-line Supervisor, Non-retail Sales $71,600

First-line Supervisor, Retail Sales $37,860

Human Resources Specialists $57,420

Office Manager $45,937

Paralegal $48,350

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Creative

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Art, Design and Communication Careers

Bursting with ideas and looking for a way to bring them to life? Whether on stage, in the kitchen, behind the drawing board or at a desk turn your active imagination into a career.

Art, AA

Communications – Radio/TV

Broadcasting, AS, AAS, Certificate

Culinary Arts, AAS, Certificate

Culinary Management, Certificate

Drama, AA

Music – Instrumental, AA

Music – Voice, AA

Musical Theater, AA

Possible Career Paths / Texas Average Salary

Actor $41,226

Animated Voice Specialist $63,630

Chefs and Head Cooks $41,610

Film and Video Editors $52,470

Interior Designer $48,400

Meeting, Convention and Event Planner $46,490

Musician $50,253

Production Assistants $52,470

Radio and Television Announcers $29,010

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Health

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Healthcare Careers

Always ready to help? These careers are about promoting health or treating disease. Careers in healthcare require a combination of skill and compassion.

Activity Director, CE Certificate

Aesthetic Laser Technician, CE Certificate

Biological Science, AS

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), CE Certificate

Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), CE Certificate

CPR, CE Certificate

Dental Assistant, CE Certificate

Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Adult Echocardiography, AAS, ATC

Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Pediatric Echocardiography, AAS, ATC

Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Vascular Sonography, AAS, ATC

Emergency Medical Technology, AAS

Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Certificate

Advanced Emergency Medical Technology – EMT, Certificate

Health Science, AS

Home Healthcare Aide, CE Certificate

Intraoperative Monitoring, ATC

Massage Therapy, CE Certificate

Medical Coding & Billing, CE Certificate

Medical Office Professional, CE Certificate

Medication Administration for Nurse Aide, CE Certificate

Neurodiagnostic Technology, AAS, ATC

Non-Certified Radiological Tech (NCRT), CE Certificate

Nursing – RN, AAS

Nursing – Transition Program (LVN to RN), AAS

Pharmacy Technician, AAS, Certificate

Phlebotomy Technician, CE Certificate

Physical Science, AS

Polysomnography (Sleep Medicine), AAS, ATC

Respiratory Care, AAS

Veterinary Assistant, CE Certificate

Vocational Nursing, Certificate

Possible Career Paths / Texas Average Salary

Activity Director $29,098

Aesthetic Laser Technician $29,050

Certified Nurse Assistant $25,100

Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) $29,960

Dental Assistants $35,390

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $62,540

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $31,700

Massage Therapists $37,180

Medical Coding & Billing $35,900

Pharmacy Technician $29,810

Phlebotomy Technician $30,670

Radiologic Technologists $39,490

Registered Neurodiagnostic Technologist $42,920

Registered Nurses $66,640

Registered Polysomnographic Technologist $53,210

Registered Respiratory Therapists $56,730

Veterinary Assistant $23,790

Vocational Nurse $42,490

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Technical

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IT and Computer Careers

Happiest when you’re dissecting code or developing a database?  Do you wear your geek badge with pride? Choose from a range of IT careers creating, maintaining and troubleshooting in the digital world.

Computer Information Technology, AAS, Certificate

Computer Networking, AAS, Certificate

Computer Technician, CE Certificate

Computer Training, CE Certificate

Possible Career Paths / Texas Average Salary

Computer Network Support Specialists $50,380

Computer Programmers $77,550

Computer User Support Specialists $50,380

Database Administrators $80,280

Information Security Analysts $88,890

Web Developers $63,490

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Dedicated

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Education, Community and Public Service Careers

Love working with people? Happiest when you’re making a positive contribution to the welfare of others? Consider making your career in education or community service.

Child Development / Early Childhood Administration, Certificate

Child Development / Early Childhood, Certificate

Child Development, AA

Criminal Justice – Basic Law Enforcement, Certificate

Criminal Justice – Crime Scene Technician, Certificate

Criminal Justice – Field of Study, AA

Criminal Justice, AAS

Human Services – Substance Abuse Counseling, AAS, Certificate

Teaching, AA, AAT

Possible Career Paths / Texas Average Salary

Police Patrol Officers $58,630

Preschool Teachers $28,120

Security Officer $24,470

Social and Human Service Assistants $29,790

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $39,270

Teacher Assistant $24,430

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Hands On

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Industrial and Service Trades Careers

Love creating things and making them work better? Choose a career that keeps you busy building, repairing and improving.

CNC Machinist, CE Certificate

Commercial Truck Driving (CDL), CE Certificate

Industrial Design Technology, AAS, Certificate

Pipefitting, CE Certificate

Process Technology, AAS, Certificate

Welding, CE Certificate

Possible Career Paths / Texas Median Salary

AutoCAD Drafter $51,940

First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades $50,780

Machinist $41,510

Mechanical Design $60,830

Pipe Design $50,670

Pipefitter $50,660

Process Operators $60,560

Truck Driver $39,520

Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters $37,420

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Bachelors and Beyond

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Transfer Study Career Paths

You can save thousands of dollars by starting at ACC before transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree.  No matter what your skills and interests, starting your education at community college means getting a foundation of basic classes in an attentive environment all while spending less on tuition.

Art, AA

Biological Science, AS

Business Administration, AS

Child Development, AA

Communications – Radio/TV Broadcasting, AS, AAS, Certificate 

Computer Information Technology – Computer Information Systems, AS

Criminal Justice, AA

Drama, AA

General Studies, AA

Health Science, AS

History, AA

Mathematics, AS

Music, Field of Study

Music – Instrumental, AA

Music – Voice, AA

Musical Theater, AA

Physical Science, AS

Psychology, AA

Sociology, AA

Sports and Human Performance, AA

Teaching, AA, AAT

Possible Career Paths / Texas Median Salary

Accountants $65,940

Biologists $58,270

Chemists $74,720

Computer Scientists $108,360

School Teachers $54,940

Historians $55,870

Laboratory Technicians $49,310

Marketing Analysts $61,290

Mechanical Engineers $83,060

Physicians Assistants $95,820

Physicians—Family and General Practice $187,200

Social Workers $45,500

Technical Writers $69,030

Writers and Authors $58,850

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Starting salaries will be lower and more experienced workers can expect higher levels of pay. All salaries from bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm.

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