Career Focus A to Z
Los Medanos College
|LMC Degrees & Certificates||Gives you|
|College Skills Certificate||The skills you need to get an entry-level job or for additional specialization|
|Certificate of Achievement||Expanded certificate with additional knowledge and skills to help you move up|
|Associate of Arts/Science Degree||The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year institution|
|Associate of Arts/
Science Degree for Transfer
|The coursework you need to transfer to a four-year institution|
Job titles and compensation are obtained from O*NET OnLine, a resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and reflect workforce data from within California.
Certificate of Achievement in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Accounting positions in many types of organizations, including: accounting/CPA firms; small businesses; large corporations; banks; hospitals; and schools systems and government agencies preparing financial statements, balance sheets, and tax returns. Transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Tax Preparer: $11.54-$50.84
Payroll and Time Keeping Clerk: $13.65-$33.05
Accountant or Auditor: $21.96-$61.86
Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice
Certificate of Achievement in Basic Law Enforcement Academy Intensive
Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Investigations
Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Law
Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer
Employment in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields, such as: police officer; deputy sheriff; county detention officer; state trooper; intensive probation/parole surveillance officer; correctional officer; and loss prevention specialist. Law enforcement agencies require additional training and certificates. Transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist: $27.03-$51.44
Police Patrol Officer: $29.33-$62.35
Criminal Investigator and Special Agent: $34.26-$67.12
College Skills Certificate in Appliance Service Technology: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Employment with firms that specialize in installation, servicing, and repair of heating and cooling systems in homes, offices, and commercial buildings; self-employment. The program prepares students for employment with HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) firms at the residential, commercial, and industrial levels. Leads to apprenticeships.
Maintenance and Repair Worker: $11.61-$32.09
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers: $14.80-$42.28
American Sign Language
College Skills Certificate in American Sign Language
Facilitate communication between hearing and hearing-impaired persons through: interpretation into a signed language; or transliteration of a language into a visual and/or phonemic code by an oral interpreter, a signed language interpreter, or cued speech interpreter.
Interpreter and Translator: $14.47-$39.42
Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer
Research, evaluate, and establish public policy concerning: the origins of humans; their physical, social, linguistic, and cultural development and behavior; and the cultures, organizations, and institutions they have created. (A paleoanthropologist studies prehistoric humans. A social anthropologist studies living societies.) Many aspiring anthropologists work as assistants doing ground-level research and writing surveys before earning advanced degrees. Courses in this discipline are the foundation for studies in anthropology at four-year institutions.
Anthropologist & Archeologist: $17.79-$47.37
Anthropology & Archeology Teacher, College: $23.60-$90.13
Appliance Service Technology
College Skills Certificate in Electrical Appliance Technician
College Skills Certificate in Refrigeration Technician
Certificate of Achievement in Appliance Service Technology
Associate of Science in Appliance Service Technology
Employment with a small or large business as a repair and service technician for home appliances, such as: icemakers, freezers, refrigerators, washers and dryers; self-employment.
Home Appliance Repairer: $13.81-$30.06
HVAC Mechanic & Installer: $14.80-$42.28
Stationary Engineer & Boiler Operation: $26.85-$49.12
Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications
Associate of Arts in Graphic Communications
Associate of Arts in Fine Arts
Associate in Arts for Transfer in Art History
Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer
Graphic design is the applied art of arranging image and text to communicate a message. It may be applied in any media, such as: print, digital media, motion pictures, animation, product decoration, packaging, and signs. Work in entry-level graphic communications or in these courses can be the foundation for studies in this discipline at four-year institutions.
Fine artists create original art. They specialize in one or two art forms, such as: painting, illustrating, sketching, sculpting, printmaking, and restoring. Work as an entry-level artist or in these courses can be the foundation for studies in Art at four-year institutions.
Fine Artist, including Painter, Sculptor and Illustrator: $16.43-$62.32
Prepress Technician: $11.46-$32.06
Desktop Publisher: $13.66-$35.66
Graphic Designer: $14.50-$46.50
Web Developer: $17.50-$67.69
Commercial and Industrial Designer: $18.70-$55.84
A bachelor’s degree in astronomy and astrophysics can lead to a variety of career options. Traditional career paths include those of astronomer, scientist, technician, engineer and relevant management positions. Although LMC does not offer an astronomy degree, courses at LMC prepare students for advanced studies at major universities.
Atmospheric and Space Scientist: $26.76-$67.11
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Postsecondary Teachers: $21.54-$89.08
College Skills Certificate in Air Conditioning Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Automotive Chassis Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Engine Performance
College Skills Certificate in Engine Repair & Machining Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Smog Technician Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Transmission Specialist
Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology
Associate of Science in Automotive Technology
Employment as automotive service technicians in dealerships, privately owned garages, and repair shops diagnosing and repairing automobiles; self-employment. Graduates should be prepared to take the ASE exam.
Automotive Service Technician: $11.63-$35.29
Automotive Master Mechanic: $11.63-$35.29
Automotive Specialty Technician: $11.63-$35.29
Associate in Science in Biological Science for Transfer Degree
Train to be a lab technician in the market of biotechnology. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food and drugs. These courses can be the foundation for studies in various biology fields at four-year institutions.
Radiologic Technician: $15.03-$36.76
Diagnostic Medial Sonographer: $25.15-$64.88
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician: $25.83-$60.39
Certificate of Achievement in Small Business Management & Operations
College Skills Certificate in Fundamental Business Skills
Associate of Science in Small Business Operations
Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer
Employment in small and large businesses, as well as government agencies in administrative support positions requiring knowledge of: software applications, office management, organizational principles, basic financial management, and electronic presentations. Administrative office jobs in medical and other healthcare-related offices requiring knowledge of medical terminology, medical coding, billing and insurance. Employment as a medical language specialist to interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals. Starting a small business by learning entrepreneurial skills. A career in retail management. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in Business, Business Management, Finance, or Marketing.
Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerk: $12.67-$31.74
Supervisor of Office & Administrative Support Worker: $16.95-$44.81
Executive Secretary & Executive Administrative Assistant: $19.56-$45.19
Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree
Prepares students desiring advanced degrees in chemistry. LMC chemistry courses meet the lower division transfer requirements for chemistry. The curriculum includes the first- and second-year requirements to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University.
Veterinary Technologist: $11.68-$27.68
Chemical Technician: $12.78- $37.15
Respiratory Therapist: $26.20-$50.12
College Skills Certificate in Assistant Teacher Work Permit Coursework
College Skills Certificate in Associate Teacher Work Permit Coursework
College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Infant Toddler Care
College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Special Needs Care & Education
College Skills Certificate in Specialization: Site Supervisor/Program Director
College Skills Certificate in Specialization: School Age Child Care
College Skills Certificate in School-Age Development and Education
College Skills Certificate in School-Age Associate Teacher
Certificate of Achievement in Child Development
Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education for Transfer
Employment working with children, from infancy through middle school environment, in settings such as day care centers, nursery schools, and Head Start programs. With an AS degree, graduates qualify for positions such as assistant teacher, group supervisor, head teacher, or director. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in education or early childhood development.
Teacher’s Assistant: $10.54 -$21.80
Preschool Teacher, Except Special Education: $10.93-$24.33
Elementary School Teacher, except Special Education: $22.74-$48.36
Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer
This degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University. Students will: complete lower division courses in public speaking, argumentation, intercultural and interpersonal communications; and have their choice of preparing for a more traditional degree in communication studies, or preparation for a degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism.
Public Relations Specialist: $16.45-$62.28
Training and Development Specialist: $16.68-$57.16
Advertising and Promotions Manager: $21.04-$98.33
Technical Writer: $25.46-$61.42
Computer Science/Computer Networking
College Skills Certificate in Core Competencies
College Skills Certificate in Foundation
College Skills Certificate in Game Design
College Skills Certificate in PC Repair Technician (A+ Certification)
College Skills Certificate in Web Design
Certificate of Achievement in Computer Support Specialist (Advanced)
Certificate of Achievement in Computer Support Specialist (Basic)
Certificate of Achievement in Computer Applications Specialist
Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Security (Advanced)
Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Security (Basic)
Associate of Science in Computer Support Specialist
Associate of Science in Networking and Security
Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer Degree
Employment as an applications specialist, microcomputer service technician, help desk specialist, computer operator, computer security specialist, network specialist, or database specialist with organizations, such as: telephone companies; television stations; schools and colleges; Internet providers; and professional offices.
Computer User Support Specialist: $16.44-$46.71
Computer Service Representative: $11.58-$29.94
Computer Network Support Specialist: $20.60-$58.36
Associate of Arts in Acting
Associate in Arts for Transfer
Play a part in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform an audience. May dance and sing. May play parts in television commercials. Work in various areas of performing arts and transfer to a four-year degree program in theater.
Art, Drama, and Music Teacher, Postsecondary: $22.21-$83.68
Economists study how society distributes resources – such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery – to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They research issues, such as energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes, or employment levels. These courses can be the foundation for studies in various economic fields at four-year institutions.
Economics Teacher, Postsecondary: $23.97-$100.00
Certificate of Achievement in Electrical Technology
Certificate of Achievement in Instrumentation Technology
Associate of Science in Electrical Technology
Associate of Science in Instrumentation Technology
Employment installing and maintaining electrical/electronic systems and instrumentation in industrial facilities. In-house maintenance departments at manufacturing facilities also offer job opportunities.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician: $17.98-$48.41
Electrical and Electronic Repairer: $17.22-$44.81
Emergency Medical Services
College Skills Certificate in Emergency Medical Services
College Skills Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Recertification
Can lead to employment in private emergency medical or ambulance services, fire departments, and hospitals, where life-saving skills are required.
Ambulance Driver: $10.08-$17.29
Emergency Medical Technician: $10.71-$29.48
Clinical Laboratory Technician: $13.44-33.43
Associate of Science in Engineering
Engineering technicians solve technical problems, and some work in quality control. They examine products, conduct tests, and collect data. In manufacturing, they may help in design, development, or production. Most engineering technicians specialize in certain areas, such as civil engineering technicians or electrical and electronics engineering technicians. Employment as a civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering technician. Transfer to a four-year degree program in various engineering fields.
Electro-Mechanical Technician: $15.94-$41.60
Electronics Engineering Technician: $18.40-$48.56
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician: $18.40-$48.56
Associate in Arts in English for Transfer
Teach or instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, non-vocational, and non-academic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution. These courses can be the foundation for four-year university studies in English, and/or a career as a writer.
English Language and Literature Teacher, Postsecondary: $22.57-$93.73
College Skills Certificate in Basic Fire Academy
Certificate of Achievement in Fire Academy
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts. Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
Fire Fighter: $18.92-$51.22
College Skills Certificate in Fire Prevention
College Skills Certificate in Fire Protection
Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology
Associate of Science in Fire Technology
Fire science technology is an applied science in: control and prevention of fire; handling of hazardous materials; investigation; rescue operations; security and safety.
Forest and Conservation Technician: $12.38-$26.97
Fire Inspector or Investigator: $27.05-$63.53
Associate in Arts in History for Transfer
Prepares students for jobs in research and analysis in such places as government and other institutions. Work with newspapers, photographers, interview, films, and manuscripts.
History Teacher, Postsecondary: $23.88-$88.28
Associate of Arts in Journalism
Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer
Careers in journalism include: writers and editors; technical writers and editors; reporters and correspondents; advertising and public relations; and publications designer. Work in an entry-level position in media or transfer to a four-year degree program in journalism.
Reporter & Correspondent: $12.70-$42.28
Technical Writer: $25.46-$61.42
Associate in Arts in Kinesiology for Transfer
This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or physical education. This major will introduce students to many areas of study, including: health and fitness; physical education; therapeutic/sport medicine; and coaching sport instruction. Degree curriculum will also provide coursework necessary to prepare students for national certifications in the health/fitness industry, such as personal training, group fitness instructor, and lifestyle/weight management consultant.
Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties, according to established regulations. Include all sporting officials, referees, and competitive judges and coaching/teaching for high school and college sports.
Fitness Trainer & Aerobics Instructor: $10.25-$40.46
Athletic Trainer: $11.41-$35.42
Physical Therapist: $31.06-$61.43
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Behavioral Science and Social Science
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Math and Science
These courses can be the foundation for studies in various programs at four-year institutions.
Education Administrator, Postsecondary: $31.51-$93.54
Management and Supervision
Certificate of Achievement in Management and Supervision
Associate of Science in Management and Supervision
The program is designed to train students for entry into supervisory, team-leader, and management positions. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in business administration.
First-Line Supervisor/Manager of Retail Sales Worker: $12.27-$33.16
General Operations Manager: $24.17-$100.00
Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer
Entry-level positions in government agencies, such as the census office. Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. These courses can be the foundation for studies in mathematics at four-year institutions.
Mathematical Technician: $27.99-$33.59
Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Music-Business Management
Associate of Arts in Music
Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer
Become a professional musician, conductor, concert artist, studio musician, arranger, composer, accompanist, music teacher, private instructor, or church-related musician, such as minister of music, organist, or choir director. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in music. Commercial music careers include: instrument sales, instrument repair, pop singer, orchestration, arranger, music publisher, music activities producer, recording engineer, music therapist, music librarian, music critic, music software technician, and radio music director.
Musician and Singer: $11.38-$67.64
Music Director and Composer: $12.07-$46.04
Certificate of Achievement in Vocational Nursing
Associate of Science in Registered Nursing
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): Employment as a Vocational Nurse in hospitals, rehabilitation/long term/home health facilities, clinics, nursing homes, and physicians’ offices. A VN administers nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse by participating in the delivery and evaluation of patient care, and ensuring the health, comfort, and safety of patients. Licensure required.
Registered Nurse (RN): Employment as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ officers, or other health care agencies. RNs evaluate, plan, implement, and document nursing care for an assigned patient population. LVN to RN degree program is offered for those who wish to upgrade to an RN. Transfer to a four-year university for a BSN to expand career opportunities in nursing education or administration. Licensing required.
Registered Nurse: $30.51-$71.85
Licensed Vocational Nurse: $17.79-$33.82
Acute Care Nurse: $30.51-$71.85
Develop critical thinking skills, argument skills, communication skills, information management, design and planning skills, research and investigation skills, and management and administration skills. These courses can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities.
Philosophy and Religion Teacher, Postsecondary: $21.50-$78.27
Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer
This major will introduce students to many areas of study, including: engineering; physics; chemistry; astronomy; geology; and certain specialized majors, such as architecture. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics.
Physics Teacher, Postsecondary: $24.41-$90.00
Become a political campaign advisor, lobbyist, community outreach, community development and pre-law. These courses at LMC can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities.
Political Scientist: $19.03-$89.17
Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary: $34.51-$82.91
Certificate of Achievement in Process Technology
College Skills Certificate in Bridge to Advanced Manufacturing
Associate of Science in Process Technology
Process technicians are skilled plant operators who safely run refineries and chemical plants. Examples of work include the processing of samples, monitoring equipment, and solving problems that arise in processing plants.
Chemical Equipment Operators & Tender: $10.99-$37.02
Chemical Plant & System Operator: $16.18-$37.87
Petroleum Pump System Operator: $21.58-$47.72
Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer
Monitor patient physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields – such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work – to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in: identifying available benefits; finding social and community services; and obtaining these resources. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare. These courses can be the foundation for studies in psychology at four-year institutions.
Counseling Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95
School Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95
Clinical Psychologist: $21.92-$60.95
College Skills Certificate in Recording Arts Level 1
College Skills Certificate in Recording Arts Level 2
Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts
Associate of Arts in Recording Arts
Become an audio engineer, producer, or other recording arts professional. Prepares students for entry-level positions in the recording arts industry.
Broadcast Technician: $11.42-$45.91
Audio/Video Technician: $12.88-$44.57
Sound Engineer Technician: $13.48-$66.02
Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer
Work in a variety of fields and assist programs, groups, or organizations – such as government agencies – in urban development and planning. These courses can be the foundation for studies in sociology at four-year institutions.
Social Science Researcher: $13.35-$43.50
Sociology Teacher: $24.36-$85.82
College Skills Certificate in Cruise Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Home-Based Travel Specialist
College Skills Certificate in Travel Marketing
Certificate of Achievement in Travel Marketing
Associate of Science in Travel Marketing
Employment with travel agencies, online travel agencies, home-based travel agencies, airlines, tour companies, or cruise lines to assist clients with planning and making leisure/corporate travel reservations.
Travel Agent: $11.70-$28.02
Travel Guide: $11.86-$23.86
Market Research Analyst & Marketing Specialist: $17.00-$69.49
College Skills Certificate in Pre-Apprenticeship
Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology
Associate of Science in Welding Technology
Employment as a certified welder using oxy-acetylene welding, shielded-metal arc welding, TIG, MIG, flux-cored arc welding, and metal cutting in industries, such as: petrochemicals; railroads; construction; transportation; plant maintenance; bridge fabrication; ornamental iron; machining; aerospace; boiler-making; ship repairs; fabricated metal products; and transportation equipment manufacturers.
Welding, Soldering, & Brazing Machine Settlers Operator, & Tender: $12.62-$28.44
Welder, Cutter, and Welder Fitter: $12.48-$31.49
Reinforcing Iron & Rebar Worker: $13.76-$40.97
College Skills Certificate in American Sign Language
College Skills Certificate in Cultural Competence in Modern World Language
College Skills Certificate in Spanish
Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer
Facilitates communication between hearing and hearing-impaired persons through interpretation into a signed language, or transliteration of a language into a visual and/or phonemic code by an oral interpreter, a signed language interpreter, or cued speech interpreter.
Interpreter and Translator: $14.47-$39.42
Foreign Language & Literature Teacher, Postsecondary: $20.88-$87.89