A Great Career is a Big Deal!
- Approximately 80 percent of the nation's first responders -- police, firefighters and EMT/paramedics -- are trained at community colleges.
- Allied health careers are expected to grow tremendously in the next decade.
- Advanced industries have created a huge demand for employees skilled in robotics, engineering technology, computer-aided drafting and other tech-driven fields.
Whether you are just out of high school or returning after many years, many students would like to start their careers as quickly as possible while also earning a good living. Fortunately, many great-paying careers require only a two-year degree from one of Tennessee’s Community Colleges. Positions in fields like allied health, advanced industries and information technology are predicted to be in high demand in the near future. The best part? Median wage for many of these careers range from $50,000 to well over $100,000.
Tennessee's Community Colleges is a system of 13 public, two-year colleges with more than 65 locations across the state of Tennessee. Each college offers a high-quality education and unbeatable value, preparing all Tennesseans – regardless of age or income – for the job market with career-relevant coursework, hands-on-training and state-of-the-art classroom technologies. With a 20:1 average student-to-faculty ratio, students receive a personal education and one-on-one assistance from instructors with advanced degrees and real-world experience in the fields they teach.
Allied Health Careers are a BIG DEAL
As the nation’s population ages, the demand for healthcare workers is expected to grow tremendously. Nursing, radiologic technology, diagnostic imaging and respiratory therapy are just a few of the many health professions expected to be in high demand in the future. In fact, according to the American Association of Community Colleges, key allied health professions are already experiencing workforce shortages.
By 2018, the following fields are expected to see large growth:
- Radiographers - 17%
- Occupational therapy assistants - 30%
- Physical therapy assistants - 33%
- Dental hygienists - 36%
- Home health aides - 50%
Average salaries in many of these fields are expected to begin near $40,000 and go beyond $100,000.
Advanced Industries is a BIG DEAL
Manufacturing in the 21st Century is very different than years past. Robotics and other high-tech equipment used in modern industry require advanced training and have created a demand for knowledgeable, well-trained employees. In fact, there are more than 150,000 positions currently available in the United States with annual salaries ranging from $50,000 to $130,000. At Tennessee’s Community Colleges, you can earn one of a wide range of associate degrees in fields like mechatronics, computer-aided drafting, engineering technology and clean energy to get you started in one of these high-earning careers.
First Responders are a BIG DEAL
Last year, more than 1,000 first responders -- police officers, firefighters and EMT/paramedics -- graduated from programs at Tennesee's Community College. These trained professionals left college well prepared to serve their fellow Tennesseans in times of crisis.