The 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):
- Dentist (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to dental school)
- Nurse practitioner (Nursing)
- Software developer (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology — noncredit, Internet Development Technologies, Mobile App Developer)
- Physician (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to medical school)
- Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
- Physical therapist (Physical Therapy Aide)
- Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology – noncredit, Digital Forensics)
- Information security analyst (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology – noncredit, Digital Forensics)
- Registered nurse (Nursing)
- Physician assistant (Medical Assisting)
- Web developer (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology — noncredit, Internet Development Technologies)
- Diagnostic medical sonographer (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
- Occupational therapist
- Market research analyst (Marketing Careers, Business Administration)
- Marketing manager (Marketing Careers)
- Accountant (Accounting)
- School psychologist
- Mechanical engineer (Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Technology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology)
- Occupational therapy assistant
- Operations research analyst (Logistics Technology – credit, Logistics Technology — noncredit, Mathematics)
- IT manager (Computer Information Technology – credit, Computer Information Technology — noncredit)
- Civil engineer (Engineering Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Aided Design and Drafting)
- Cost estimator (Construction Management, Project Management, Accounting, Business Administration)
- Financial advisor (Accounting, Business Administration)
Many community college graduates are now earning more than bachelor’s degree holders. CNN Money reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate degrees are earning more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees.
Associate degrees are more cost-effective, too. Right now, for example, a 72-hour (or two-year) associate degree from one of the seven colleges of DCCCD would cost you $3,744. A four-year degree at surrounding universities could cost you upward of $70,000.
With a two-year associate degree, you can have a great career with a great paycheck:
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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.