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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2014

photo of a group of college studentsThe 25 best jobs of 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report, are focused primarily in three industries: computer technology, health care and engineering. Our colleges offer degrees or certificates for 19 of the 25 best jobs. (See our posts about the 2013 and 2012 lists to compare past years.)

The 25 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  2. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  3. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  4. Nurse practitioner (Nursing, Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician)
  5. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  6. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  7. Physical therapist
  8. Physician (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to medical school)
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Information security analyst (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Digital Forensics)
  12. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  13. Physician assistant
  14. Occupational therapist
  15. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  16. Phlebotomist (Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Phlebotomy)
  17. Physical therapy assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  18. Civil engineer (Engineering Technology – Computer-Aided Design, Computer Aided Design and Drafting)
  19. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Technology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology)
  20. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  21. Occupational therapy assistant
  22. Clinical laboratory technician (Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technician)
  23. Operations research analyst (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics Technology)
  24. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  25. Dietician and nutritionist

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Cybersecurity Could Be the Ultimate Secure Career

padlock on digital backgroundCybersecurity — protecting electronic files — is a booming career field. That’s because keeping computer files safe affects every part of our lives, from home and workplace to national security.

Get in on the growing area of digital security: Consider enrolling in the Digital Forensics program at Richland College.

What is Digital Forensics?

Digital forensics is the science of gathering, preserving and analyzing the data found in digital devices. The term is often used in relation to solving cybercrime. Computer forensics is used by attorneys, private investigators, businesses, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and a variety of other businesses. Many states have identified computer forensics as one of the fastest growing sectors of their IT markets.

Degrees or Certificates

Richland College offers a Digital Forensics Associate in Applied Science degree and a technical certificate. Meet with an academic advisor to determine which courses you should take.

What Our Students Say About Digital Forensics

“As a full-time student, I have become more organized thanks to the demands of the Digital Forensics coursework, which consists mainly of hands-on labs with challenges to solve. You learn to create a method to solve problems, always being ready to research and learn new things. Each day when one lab is done, it is a success story because it is like a puzzle solved that will help you become better in the field.”

“I want to thank [Digital Forensics Program Coordinator] Zoltan Szabo for helping me learn and focus on information security. Dell offered me a very lucrative job specializing in security with a salary that was considerably higher than my former job.”

“Digital Forensics is so much more than what I have learned in my previous degree studies. The program provides me with an understanding that my information technology degree could not.”

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If you have questions about the Digital Forensics program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Could You Use a Career Boost? Apply to Become a STEM Scholar!

STEM Institute logoAre you planning a career in science, technology, engineering or math? Give yourself a career edge by applying to become a STEM Scholar!

The standards of the DCCCD STEM Institute are high, and the process is competitive, but the opportunities are exceptional.

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholar, you will:

  • Earn an award ranging from $600 to $1,320 per semester
  • Participate in exclusive events designed to support your education and career
  • Engage with state and local universities
  • Interact and network with top STEM professionals
  • Receive mentoring from dedicated STEM Faculty Fellows

The deadline to submit your application is May 31, 2013.

Download an information packet today. To learn details about eligibility requirements or to find out who to contact for more information, visit the DCCCD Foundation website.

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We Have Degrees and Certificates for the Best Jobs of 2013

photo of college studentsThe 30 best jobs of 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 jobs, cover a range of industries, with half in health care and almost a third in computer information technology. The colleges of DCCCD offer the degrees and certificates you would need for 22 of the 30 best jobs. (See our post about the 25 best jobs of 2012 to compare the 2013 list to the 2012 list.)

The 30 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  2. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  5. Physician
  6. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  7. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Occupational therapist
  12. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  13. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  14. School psychologist
  15. Physical therapist assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  16. Interpreter and translator
  17. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  18. Veterinary technologist and technician (Veterinary Technology)
  19. Epidemiologist
  20. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security or PC Support)
  21. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  22. Diagnostic medical sonographer (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  23. Computer systems administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security)
  24. Respiratory therapist (Respiratory Care)
  25. Medical secretary (Medical Front Office, Medical Staff Services)
  26. Civil engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  27. Substance abuse counselor (Substance Abuse Counseling)
  28. Speech-language pathologist
  29. Landscaper and groundskeeper
  30. Radiologic technologist (Radiologic Sciences)

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Check Out a Fast-Growing Career in Computer Security

Are you a problem-solver with a mind for details? A computer professional interested in improving your skills and career security?

Consider Richland College’s Digital Forensics program — it’s a fast track to a vital, high-paying and urgently needed career path. But even if you don’t plan to make it a career, Digital Forensics can give you insight into protecting your own computer files.

Digital Forensics is about cybersecurity — or lack of it — which affects every aspect of our lives, from home to the workplace to the very core of national and homeland security. Cybercrime, stolen identities, lost electronic files, computer espionage … so many things can go wrong in our computer age.

Computer forensics is used by lawyers, private investigators, businesses, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and individuals. Many states have identified computer forensics as one of the fastest growing sectors of their Internet technology markets. Texas Workforce Commission data show all sectors of the computer industry growing in the coming years.

Learn more about job titles, responsibilities and projected salaries for Digital Forensics careers.

Richland College’s Digital Forensics Program Nationally Recognized

In April 2011, Richland’s Digital Forensics program was recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information System Security Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. It is the first two-year college in Texas to receive this recognition.

Associate Degree Plan Offers Two Specialization Tracks

The Digital Forensics Associate in Applied Sciences degree, a five-semester program, is designed to prepare students for various career opportunities in the computer forensics arena in government, private sector and law enforcement agencies.

You can specialize in one of two tracks: Cyber Crime and Information Assurance. Plus, a new Digital Forensics Analyst Advanced Technical Certificate allows you to complete both specialization tracks.

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Student Success Story: Leah K. Atinda

Leah K. Atinda enrolled in the Digital Forensics program so that she could become a forensic accountant. But she discovered a side benefit: The coursework has helped her become more organized.

“As a full-time student, I have become more organized thanks to the demands of the Digital Forensics coursework, which consists mainly of hands-on labs with challenges to solve. You learn to create a method to solve problems, always being ready to research and learn new things. Each day when one lab is done, it is a success story, because it is like a puzzle solved that will help you become better in the field.

“This is a program made for people who want to learn new things, create a methodology, keep records of what you have done and be able to repeat it to get the same results. I have learned a lot about how to re-create deleted or missing files from digital media, validate dates and logged-in authors or editors of documents, use forensic tools to analyze data and write reports that make it easy for people to understand computer jargon — among many other things.”

Leah earned her associate degree in Digital Forensics in May. Now, she’s thinking about her next step.

“It has been a long journey full of challenges, success and learning experiences,” she says.

“My greatest dream is to become a forensic accountant, and I am going to do all it takes to make this a success story.”

Could you be the next student success story?

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The Best Two-Year Technical Degrees to Get You in the Market for a Job

A two-year technical degree program can cut the time and money you spend on college in half.  It can also prepare you for a lucrative post-college career.

In a competitive job market, there are noticeable benefits of having an associate’s degree, as opposed to a high school degree or GED. A prospective employer sees that you are serious enough about the field to take the time to train for it.

There are numerous fields open to a graduate of a two-year technical program. The highest paid career choices for a college graduate with a technical degree, according to CNN, include:

  • Computer specialist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Fashion designer
  • Registered nurse
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • Radiological technician
  • Industrial engineering technician
  • Paralegal or legal assistant
  • Occupational therapist assistant
  • Computer support specialist

Technical degrees are divided into three categories: professional certificate program, professional technical program or a transfer program.

  • A professional certificate program is usually less than two years, and focuses on learning skills endemic to a particular field such as dentistry or computers, and the coursework is non-transferable.
  • A professional technical program is at least two years in duration and focuses on preparing you to do work in your field of choice.
  • A transfer program is similar, but its credits may be transferred in the event that you wish to continue your education after earning your degree.

Dallas County Community College District can help you get on the fast track to success. View a list of our Technical/Mechanical programs and Nursing/Health Care programs to find out more.

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