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Start your college education by visiting Pima Community College at www.pima.edu. Choose a course of study, enroll and, within two years, you could be on your way to a brand new career and a lifetime of improved earning power. Check out the A-Z program list that follows to see what best fits your interests. If you need some guidance, PCC’s advisors will be happy to help you figure out a career path.

PCC offers a multitude of options in a wide range of fields. Choose from more than 100 certificate and degree programs, as well as university transfer programs. PCC offers express degrees and day, evening, weekend, online and self-paced courses to fit your busy schedule.

If you’re ready to get moving, Pima is ready for you!

Fall registration is under way. Classes begin Aug. 28, 2013. 

Area of Study Degree or Certificate Prepares you for: Salary Range
Accounting Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment in bookkeeping and accounting careers; or launch a career in private, public and government accounting. Median: $50,523

High: $83,866

Administration of  Justice Studies

 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment or promotion as a correctional officer or police or sheriff’s patrol officer; or transfer to a university. Correctional Officers
and Jailers:

Median: $45,635

High: $59,342

Police and Sheriff’s
Patrol Officers:

Median: $56,659

High: $73,278

American Indian Studies Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a university to continue American Indian studies or other areas within Liberal Arts and Sciences.  
Anthropology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a university with general knowledge of the heritage and cultural diversity of the Southwest.  
Archaeology Certificate

Archaeology Field Work

Entry-level archaeology positions; or further training as a professional or amateur archaeologist. Median: $42,557

High: $55,203

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) AGEC Certificate for Transfer

AGEC-A Liberal Arts

AGEC-B Business Administration

AGEC-S Science/Technology

Transfer to any Arizona public university or college with all lower-division general education requirements met.  
Arts Associate of Applied Arts Degree Work as an artist, artist assistant or entry-level art instructor grounded in a variety of media or focused on a single area, including fashion design. Median: $17,701

High: $24,568

  Associate of Fine Arts Degree for Transfer

Music, Theater, Dance, Visual Arts Options

Transfer to a university for further training in music, theater or dance for careers in musical performance, theater design or directing,
choreography, etc.
 
Automotive Technology Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level position as an auto mechanic or technician in general automotive repair; or employment as an auto mechanic or technician, service writer, parts specialist or auto salesperson. Median: $33,350

High: $51,854

Aviation Technology Certificate

Basic and Advanced Options

Advanced Aviation Technology, Airframe Mechanics, Avionics Technician, General Mechanics, Powerplant, Structural Repair

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Airframe and Powerplant, Avionics Technician, Structural Repair

Entry-level employment in aircraft building, maintenance and repair; or employment or advancement as an aircraft mechanic, specializing in airframe and powerplant, composites fabrication and repair, interior installer or structural repair; and preparation to take the Federal Aviation Administration certification tests in airframe and powerplant. Median: $49,754

High: $57,533

Behavioral Health Services Certificate

Basic Certificate

Entry-level positions in a clinical behavioral health care setting. Median: $34,170

High: $51,200

Biotechnology Certificate Employment or advancement in positions within biotechnology laboratories. Median: $29,973

High: $55,910

Building and Construction Technologies Certificate

Basic and Advanced Options

Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Electric, Facilities, HVAC-R, Plumbing, Solar Installer

Home Maintenance and Repair

• Minor Home Improvement

• Limited Remodeling and Repair

• General Residential Contractor

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Building Management, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Construction Management, Facilities Management, Electrical, HVAC-R, Plumbing, Solar Installer

Entry-level positions in facilities maintenance and building and construction trades; transfer to a university; or employment in the carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC/refrigeration fields. Carpenter:

Median: $33,218

High: $45,427

Electrician:

Median: $35,027

High: $51,102

Plumber:

Median: $36,899

High: $50,253

Business Certificate

Basic and Advanced Options

Entry-level employment in business, tourism and marketing; or positions in management. Median: $30,805

High: $44,512

  Associate of Applied Science Degree Specialization in business management, tourism or marketing.  
  Associate of Business Administration (ABUS) for Transfer Transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with options to major in accounting, business computer management, business economics, finance, international business, management or marketing.  
  Certificate

Fraud Examination

Taking the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examination; advancement in accounting, business, law enforcement or loss prevention after completing the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examination. Median: $38,002
High: $61,755
  Certificate

Fashion Consumer Sciences

Employment in retail organizations in merchandising, fashion promotion, fashion buying, marketing and sales promotion. Median: $36,608
High: $59,051
  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fashion Consumer Sciences

Employment in fashion sales and apparel merchandising as an apparel buyer, sales representative, manufacturing respresentative, apparel coordinator, display specialist or department manager.  
  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Retailing and Consumer Sciences

Employment in retail management or transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in retailing/merchandising or related degree.  
  Certificate

Retail Management, Customer Service Management

Employment or advancement in positions as a supervisor or manager in a retail setting. Median: $41,538
High: $60,632
Clinical Research Coordinator Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Taking the Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification exam; or employment coordinating and managing clinical research trials involving human subjects. Median: $27,186

High: $45,490

Computer Aided Drafting Certificate

Basic and Advanced Options, Integrated Circuit Layout Design

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Work as a drafter or entry-level designer in industries, such as manufacturing, electronics, building construction, site development or transportation. Median: $37,898

High: $55,578

Computer Information Systems Certificate

Computer Programmer Specialist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Computer Programmer/ Analyst

Employment as a C or Visual Basic programmer or as a website designer, developer or administrator; employment as an entry-level programmer or programmer/analyst; or transfer to a university. Median: $59,571

High: $100,984

  Certificate

Systems Administration/Networking

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Systems Administration/Networking

A career in systems administration or networking, with specialties in CISCO, cybersecurity, Linux, Microsoft or general network administrator; or administering microcomputer systems or CISCO, Microsoft or Novell systems; transfer to a university; or for industry-standard certification exams. Median: $50,877

High: $78,957

Computer Software Applications Certificate

Computer Software Applications Assistant

Entry-level employment or job advancement as administrative assistant, office manager or other office professional using office software; using software within Windows; or employment or promotion into positions requiring knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, desktop publishing and Web page support. Median: $26,811
High: $32,698
Culinary Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment as a cook, menu planner or other culinary position in hotels, restaurants and resorts; or employment or advancement in other culinary positions. Median: $24,211

High: $32,365

Dental Studies Certificate

Dental Assisting

Employment as a dental assistant after completing exams for national certification and state oral radiography licensure. Median: $34,694

High: $45,573

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Hygiene

Taking national and regional exams in preparation for licensure in Arizona, then employment as a dental hygienist or continued studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Median: $75,358

High: $87,069

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Laboratory Technology

Employment in a dental lab constructing and repairing dentures and other dental work after completing National Board for Certification exams. Median: $32,718

High: $52,354

  Certificate

Dental Ceramics, Fixed Bridgework, Complete or Partial Dentures Technologist options

Work in a dental lab constructing complete dentures, implants, crowns fixed bridges or partial dentures and other dental ceramic work. Increased opportunities for employment and promotion within the dental laboratory industry.  
Digital Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Design, Illustration, Multimedia or Web Design options

Entry-level employment in graphic design, desktop publishing or web design; entry into careers in design, illustration and multimedia; transfer to a university; or entry into higher-level positions, such as graphic designer, desktop publisher or assistant art director. Multimedia Designers:

Median: $33,114

High: $46,987

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Digital Game and Simulation

Employment as a game play tester, game designer, game programmer, 2-D conceptual artist, 3-D character builder and object modeler or game software engineer. Game Designers:

Median: $20,550

High: $28,558

  Post-Degree Certificate

Digital Arts

Higher-level employment in graphic design, desktop publishing or Web design.  
Digital and Film Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as media center manager, television camera person, television production camera person, television news tape editor, television commercial producer, scriptwriter and audio technician; careers in television, film, video or other media requiring filming, editing, production design, lighting, script-writing and photography skills; or employment as a writer, producer, editor, director, camera operator, sound designer or graphic artist. Median: $46,280
High: $74,048
  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Animation

Entry-level career in animation. Median: $20,550

High: $28,555

Direct Care Professional Certificate Employment as a basic direct care professional, providing care for the aged or individuals with physical, mental or developmental disabilities. Median: $21,923
High: $25,584
Early Childhood Education and Child Development

 

Certificate

Early Childhood Studies, Basic and Advanced

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Early Childhood Studies

Employment as a teacher’s aide or teacher assistant; a lead teacher or director of a preschool; a teacher’s aide or teacher in a school district preschool or pre-kindergarten program; operating a home childcare center; or work in a field related to early childhood. Median: $22,630

High: $33,322

  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Early Childhood Education

Employment as a teacher’s aide in a school, recreation center or after-school program; higher-level positions caring for school-age children in before- and after-school, full-day and recreational settings; employment as a teacher’s aide, teacher or director in an after-school program or as a group leader or supervisor in recreation; or transfer to a university.  
  Post Degree Certificate for Direct Employment

Early Childhood Education Endorsement for
Birth – Age 8

Advancement in a career focusing on infant/toddler, preschool or school-age child development in childcare, preschool, school-age and family programs; or advancement into childcare management and administration.  
Educational Technology Certificate Arizona teacher re-certification, focusing on basic computer skills and use of software; or integrating technology into the curriculum and gaining skills in multimedia, computer learning and computer assessment.  
Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

Basic

Associate of Applied Science Degree*

*Offered through the Public Safety & Emergency Services Institute

Taking required state and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examinations for entry-level employment as an emergency medical technician; employment or promotion as a paramedic; or advancement in a paramedic career. Median: $35,901

High: $45,698

Engineering Associate of General Studies Degree Transfer to a university to pursue a major in engineering.  
Fashion Design Certificate Entry-level positions with apparel merchandisers, clothing retailers, tailoring businesses or specialty clothing shops. Median: $31,907

High: $48,152

Fire Science Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Taking tests for certification as an entry-level firefighter in Arizona; or employment or advancement in a firefighting career. Median: $37,523

High: $54,808

Fitness and Sport Sciences Certificate

Coaching and Fitness Professional

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Physical Education, Exercise Science or Exercise and Wellness Concentration

Employment as a high school coach after completing exams through state and national programs; employment as a personal trainer after completing certification exams by the American Council of Exercise or the National Strength and Conditioning Association; or transfer to a university. Median: $36,317

High: $52,333

Forensics and Crime Scene Technology Certificate

Crime Scene Management

Employment as a crime scene forensic science technician after certification by the International Association for Identification. Median: $49,171

High: $82,867

General Studies Associate of General Studies Degree Transfer to a university based on an associate degree you design to fit your career choice.  
Health Information Technology Certificate 

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Front Office Support

Health Information Management

Associate of Applied Science

Entry-level employment as a medical coder, medical billing and insurance claims specialist, or physician or hospital coder. Median: $24,627

High: $40,477

Honors Certificate of Completion Transfer to an Honors Program at any of Arizona’s public universities.  
Hotel/Restaurant Management Certificate 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Entry-level employment in the resort, hotel or restaurant industry or transfer to Northern Arizona University. Lodging Manager:

Median: $29,432

High: $47,703

Food Service Manager:

Median: $27,061

High: $42,557

Human Resources Certificate Entry-level employment in human resources or personnel fields. Median: $37,461

High: $66,726

Interpreter Training Program Associate of Applied Arts Degree Employment as an interpreter for the deaf in community and educational settings or in related careers assisting the hearing impaired. Median: $36,941

High: $49,858

Law Enforcement Certificate

Law Enforcement Academy

Associate of Applied Science Degree*

*Offered through the Public Safety & Emergency Services Institute

A career as a law enforcement officer; promotion to a supervisor position in law enforcement; higher-level employment in law enforcement and public safety careers. Median: $56,659

High: $73,278

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Liberal Arts Transfer to a university to pursue a major in any of the following areas: Asian Studies, Biology (at ASU or NAU; UA requires the Associate of Science Degree), Creative Writing, Digital Arts, Education, English, Environmental Science, Fitness and Sport Sciences, Journalism, Languages, Mathematics, Pre-Agriculture, Pre-Law, Pre-Pharmacy, Psychology or Speech Communication.  
Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate

Basic or Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Associate of Applied Science

Entry-level to supervisory positions in logistics, inventory control, transportation or warehouse management. Median: $22,859

High: $37,336

Machine Tool Technology Certificate

Concentrations:

Machine Operator

Manual Machinist

Mechanical Inspector

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer

Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Operator

Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist

Entry-level employment as a machine operator, conventional machinist, machinist apprentice or mechanical inspector.

Entry-level employment as a CNC machinist or CNC machine operator, CNC programmer and operator, EDM machine operator, or EDM and CNC programmer.

Median: $40,851

High: $51,480

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

(same concentrations as above)

Higher-level employment in machine tool occupations, such as machine operator, manual machinist, mechanical inspector, CNC machinist or CNC programmer. Median: $27,664

High: $62,379

Medical Assistant Certificate

Administrative Medical Assistant and Clinical Medical Assistant

Entry-level employment as a clinical laboratory technician or medical laboratory technician in a variety of settings, from physician office laboratories to hospitals, after taking required licensing exams. Median: $29,536

High: $38,168

Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree Taking required licensing exams for entry-level employment as a clinical laboratory technician or medical laboratory technician in a variety of settings, from physician office laboratories to hospitals. Median: $27,186

High: $45,490

Nursing Certificate

Practical Nursing

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) after taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN); or employment as a registered nurse (RN) after receiving licensure; or transfer to a university. Preparation for taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Median: $64,938

High: $83,699

Office and Administrative Professions Certificate

Assistant and Administrative Assistant options

Employment as entry-level administrative support staff. Median: $30,085

High: $44,512

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Executive Assistant

Higher-level employment as administrative assistant, computer applications office assistant, legal secretary, medical billing or insurance office assistant.  
Paralegal Associate of Applied Science Degree

Post-Degree Certificate

Employment or career enhancement as a paralegal or legal assistant, title examiner, trust officer, contract clerk, legal investigator or law firm administrator. Median: $42,058

High: $65,645

Pharmacy Technology Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a pharmacy technician assisting a pharmacist; or in the fields of medication dispensing, business administration or supervision. Median: $29,536

High: $38,106

Phlebotomy Certificate Entry-level employment in the area of phlebotomy; and taking exams for national certification. Median: $24,086

High: $44,075

Political Science Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in political science.  
Psychology Concentration in the Liberal Arts
Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer
Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in psychology.  
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Employment as a certified radiologic technologist after completing the medical radiography examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Median: $49,254

High: $66,518

Respiratory Therapy Associate of Applied Science Degree Employment as a respiratory therapist. Median: $43,846

High: $51,979

Science Associate of Science Degree for Transfer Transfer to a university to pursue a major in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology (at UA; ASU and NAU require Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts) Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Microbiology, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Physics, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine or Pre-Veterinary Science.  
Social Services Certificate

Basic, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence Intervention, Community Health Advisor options

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Substance Abuse Specialty or Youth Services Specialty

Entry-level employment in positions involving social work, community services and casework management, mental health, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, welfare delivery, community outreach and client advocacy; or transfer to a university. Median: $33,093

High: $49,966

  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Employment or promotion in positions that involve social welfare, service agencies and community groups, substance abuse, community issues, domestic violence intervention, crisis intervention and community services for children, health agencies and disease prevention education services or in-home services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  
Sociology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in sociology.  
Teacher Education

 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Elementary Education Employment as a paraprofessional instructional aide at the elementary school level; or transfer to a university. Median: $22,630

High: $33,322

  Post Degree Certificate

Elementary, Special Education, Secondary Certification Options

Teacher certification from the Arizona Department of Education to teach in Arizona public schools. Median: $39,811

High: $67,122

  Post Degree Certificate

Special Education Cross-Categorical K-12, ESL, Middle School or Structured English Immersion (SEI) Options

Teaching career enhancement as a middle school teacher, teacher or specialist in K-12 ESL or SEI, or K-12 special education in Arizona public schools.  
Technical Writing & Communication Post Degree Certificate Employment as a technical writer in business and industry or as a freelance technical writer. Median: $55,453
High: $71,448
Technology Certificate

Electronic Assembly Technology

Entry-level employment in electronic, automated, information and optical systems or computer assembly and servicing. Median: $53,706

High: $79,019

  Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Electronics, Optics or IT Specialist options

Entry-level employment in microchip production, fluidic devices, optics and highly automated industries or in general electronic fields; or assembling, testing and servicing microcomputer systems and networks.  
Therapeutic Massage Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a massage therapist in wellness, medical or corporate facilities. Median: $30,701

High: $43,014

Translation & Interpretation Studies Certificate

Translation Studies

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Translation & Interpretation Studies

Career advancement by improved skills in Spanish-English and English-Spanish written or oral translation in the health care, legal, literary and business fields. Median: $36,941

High: $49,858

Truck Driver Training Certificate

Class A Vehicle Driver

Employment as a professional truck driver after passing commercial license tests. Median: $34,549

High: $47,902

Veterinary Science Certificate

Veterinary Practice Assistant

Work in the front office area of veterinary practices. Median: $25,938

High: $38,917

  Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Veterinary Technician

Employment as a veterinary technician, providing professional assistance to veterinarians, biological research workers, scientists and public, private or nonprofit animal shelters.  
Welding & Fabrication Associate of Applied Science Degree Entry-level employment as a welder. Median: $36,130

High: $52,520

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