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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2015

jobsThe 25 best jobs of 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report, are primarily in two categories: computer technology and health care. Our colleges offer degrees or certificates for 19 of the 25 best jobs.

See our posts about the 2014, 2013 and 2012 best jobs to compare past years.

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

  1. Dentist (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to dental school)
  2. Nurse practitioner (Nursing)
  3. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology — noncredit, Internet Development Technologies, Mobile App Developer)
  4. Physician (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to medical school)
  5. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  6. Physical therapist (Physical Therapy Aide)
  7. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – creditComputer Information Technology – noncredit, Digital Forensics)
  8. Information security analyst (Computer Information Technology – creditComputer Information Technology – noncredit, Digital Forensics)
  9. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  10. Physician assistant (Medical Assisting)
  11. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – creditComputer Information Technology — noncredit, Internet Development Technologies)
  12. Diagnostic medical sonographer (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  13. Occupational therapist
  14. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers, Business Administration)
  15. Marketing manager (Marketing Careers)
  16. Accountant (Accounting)
  17. School psychologist
  18. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Technology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology)
  19. Occupational therapy assistant
  20. Operations research analyst (Logistics Technology – credit, Logistics Technology — noncredit, Mathematics)
  21. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology — noncredit)
  22. Civil engineer (Engineering Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Aided Design and Drafting)
  23. Cost estimator (Construction Management, Project Management, Accounting, Business Administration)
  24. Esthetician
  25. Financial advisor (Accounting, Business Administration)

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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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What You Missed on Facebook, Instagram & More in August

image of a computerWe shared all kinds of great information this month on social media. Here’s what you might have missed:

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Design Yourself a Career With Help of CADD

Do you like to draw, design and solve problems? If so, consider a career in Computer Aided Design and Drafting!

Computer aided design (CAD), also known as computer aided design and drafting (CADD), is used in product, architectural, graphic and engineering design and in industries as varied as aerospace engineering, landscape architecture and jewelry design. CAD helps designers prepare drawings, specifications, parts lists and other design-related elements using special graphics- and calculations-intensive computer programs.

You’ll learn to prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery and spacecraft to structures such as houses, office buildings and oil and gas pipelines. The computer drawings provide visual guidelines, show the technical details of the products and structures, and specify dimensions, materials and procedures.

CADD-related technology is critical to a number of high-demand careers, including:

  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Industrial engineers
  • Landscape architects
  • Mechanical engineers

Learn more about the career possibilities and salaries for CAD professionals.

CADD/CAD Degree and Certificate Options

The Computer Aided Design and Drafting program is offered at two DCCCD colleges:

The CADD program at Eastfield and Mountain View includes an associate degree and several certificates.

Richland College also offers several awards in Computer Aided Design through its Engineering Technology program.

See our catalog for details.

Related Programs at DCCCD

Interested in computers and design? Have a look at some related programs at DCCCD in Computer-Based Arts, Design and Technology and Data Systems.

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

Get started on a career in CAD today!

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Student Success Story: Gabriela Sanchez

“Everything I learned in Mountain View’s CADD program, I use on the job,” says Gabriela “Gaby” Sanchez, a CAD technician at Raymond L. Goodson Jr. Inc. Consulting Engineers.

Sanchez earned an associate degree in CADD from Mountain View in 2006. She works in the civil department of the engineering firm, where she draws, edits and modifies engineering plans and, in some cases, surveying plans. Primary clients include the Texas Department of Transportation and some of the area’s large architecture firms.

Steve Billingslea was a good professor,” says Sanchez. “His videotaped classes were really helpful, and if you didn’t understand something, you could go back and review it over and over until you got it. I think the most important thing I learned at Mountain View is that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

“My professors were hands-on. They were there to teach you. The tutors and the whole staff — there was always someone available to help you.

“I would recommend this program because it’s a growing career field. There’s a lot of need for CAD technicians, especially in civil engineering departments because of all the construction going on in the metroplex. Really, all drafting jobs are needed. It’s a promising career.”

Could you be the next student success story?

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Check Out a Career in CADD

If you’ve got the inclination to draw, design, problem-solve and just plain figure it out, consider a career in computer aided design and drafting!

Computer aided design (CAD) is used in product, architectural, graphic and engineering design, and in industries as varied as aerospace engineering, landscape architecture and jewelry design. The need has never been greater for employees with computer aided design skills. CAD helps designers prepare drawings, specifications, parts lists and other design-related elements using special graphics- and calculations-intensive computer programs.

DCCCD’s CADD/CAD programs can prepare you for a career in this exciting, in-demand field. Get started today!

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