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Choosing your Career Path at Metropolitan Community College


Metropolitan Community College gives you the most value by offering over 120 programs.

More than simply being a low-cost option we deliver you high-quality educational experiences and support, personalized attention, stellar facilities and a great path towards a college degree or a great job.

You can graduate here with an Associates Degree and then transfer credits to a four-year school to continue your education. Or you can earn your technical certificate and begin your career.

If you are interested in a technical certificate or Associates in Applied Science Degree to obtain the necessary training and skills for a job to enter the workforce there are many options available to you in various industry sectors you can explore below.

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Most job openings in the arts, audio/video technology, and communications cluster to be in occupations assigned to the visual arts pathway, which includes graphic designers. This occupation is projected to have the most job openings at 86,000 from 2012-2022.

Projected Growth and Salary*

Median annual wages for ranged from $24,220 for floral designers to $83,000 for art directors. Graphic designers median wages were $48,700 in 2016.


Unlimited opportunities in virtually every business sector include: keeping track of a company’s finances, training colleagues, creating or maintaining computer infrastructure, and managing daily operations.

Projected Growth and Salary*

  • 150,000 jobs in this field expected to be added from 2014 to 2024.
  • Wages vary; the median salary for general and operations managers rose to $100,930 in 2018.


Industry Trends

  • Your degree or certificate can create flexibility in choosing among construction, mechanical and engineering jobs.
  • These positions are found across numerous industries.
  • Job growth expected to increase in the next decade because of the importance of keeping manufacturing running.

Projected Growth and Salary*

  • Number of jobs in this sector expected to rise through 2024.
  • Wages vary depending on specific industry and local market conditions.
  • Example: Engineering technicians with an associate degree made $56,250 annually in 2018.


Trends in Healthcare

  • More than half of the fastest-growing jobs in the next decade will be in this field.
  • Careers available in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes and veterinarian’s offices and labs.
  • Demand expected to grow as baby boomers age.
  • Healthcare IT even expanding into telehealth: delivery of healthcare services over the internet.

Projected Growth and Salary*

  • Faster than average 19% growth from 2014 to 2024.
  • 2.3 million new healthcare jobs to be added- more than any other field.
  • Median annual wage in May 2018 was $66,440.
  • This includes nurses, dental hygienists and other healthcare and technical occupations.
  • Healthcare support occupations (home health aides medical transcriptionists, etc.) had a median annual income of $29,740 in May of 2018.

MCC's Academies

  • MCC’s police and fire training academies are among the most technologically advanced in the Midwest.
  • Your hands-on learning includes training simulators and cutting.
  • You're taught by instructors with real-world experience.
  • MCC’s reputation for excellence means hiring by departments across the metro and beyond.

Projected Growth and Salary*

  • Employment expected to rise 11% (about 44,000 positions) from 2014 to 2024- faster than average.
  • Job opportunities and salaries vary depending on the specific industry.
  • Median annual salary for human service positions rose to nearly $33,750 in 2018.


Industry Trends

  • Companies must ensure continued safety to protect workers.
  • Environmental and energy efficiencies are now part of manufacturing.
  • Your contributions in this field can create a better work environment and profit margins.

Projected Growth and Salary*

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians: median annual wage in the Kansas City area in 2018 is $43,160
  • Veterinary Technicians: median annual wage in the Kansas City area in 2018 is $29,063

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*Salaries and opportunities can vary by local market conditions. For more information, visit United States Department of Labor.