Student Success Story, Polysomnography at Alvin College

Kaitlin McClurg wasn’t sure about her career. She did know she wanted a profession in the medical career. The Bridger, Mont., native received an associate degree at a Wyoming college but wanted to further her education.

Kaitlin McClurg

Kaitlin McClurg moved from Montana to Alvin, Texas, to study in ACC’s polysomnography program.

“I wanted to try something totally new,” she said.

Searching the Internet, McClurg found several options, but became fixated on a field called “polysomnography” – the study of sleep medicine.

“It’s something that not a lot of people know about,” she said.

McClurg found the best program was at Alvin Community College. She packed her bags and moved to Alvin to join the program. McClurg said ACC was her best option because it accepted the majority of her courses from her previous college. ACC also is preparing her well for the workforce. She is planning to graduate in May.

“It’s been a great program,” she said. “We definitely get a lot of hands-on training. They keep us very busy here. I’ve had much more experience than I felt I would ever get somewhere else.”

McClurg is one of many students drawn to the ACC polysomongraphy program because so few colleges in the United States offer it. Polysomnography is the study of sleep disorders. Graduates help with the treatment and diagnosis of the causes of conditions like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. ACC is the first college in Texas to offer a Polysomnography degree and is one of only 16 to offer it in the United States.

Polysomnography technicians are in huge demand in the workforce, said Georgette Goodwill, ACC program director. ACC graduates have a high job placement rate after receiving their degree, she said.

“All of the students in this graduating class of the Polysomnography Program will have jobs waiting for them upon passing their national registry exam,” said Goodwill.

McClurg is a great example of the many students who excel in the Polysomnography field, Goodwill said.

“Kaitlin has been an excellent student who shows great potential as a Sleep Technologist,” she said. “She has adapted well to the Texas heat and humidity – which is quite a change from the weather in Montana.”

While she is looking forward to graduating and using her education to help patients, McClurg plans to join the Neurodiagnostic Technologist program. Students with Polysomnography and Neurodiagnostic degrees are even more marketable when looking for a job.

“I want to get further ahead,” McClurg said.

A “Couple” of Success Stories from Galveston College

Opposites attract, they say… Perla Oseguera was always college bound and Victor Alvarez could not see himself going to college. Yet, with the two most important women in his life encouraging his talents, Victor was soon to be convinced.alvarez

After graduating from Ball High in 2011, Victor, a valued member of the wait staff at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, wanted to ask his high school sweetheart to marry him. But, he knew that her ambitions involved a serious path in higher education with her sights set on becoming a registered nurse (RN) from Galveston College, and eventually, receiving at minimum a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Victor’s older sister persuaded him that he had the “right stuff” and should join her in college – and become the first two in their family to graduate with college degrees. Reluctant at first, Victor became more interested when Perla graduated from Ball in 2013.

In summer of the same year, they married. Perla was working for a local chiropractor and discovered that nursing was in fact the career for her. Her success at Galveston College came rapidly. She was eligible for Universal Access through the Galveston College Foundation and received two scholarships, the Marionette Beyah Memorial Fund and the Nielson Music Scholarship.

Victor chose the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Certificate program with an Associate Degree. He was awarded a Pell Grant toward completion of his studies. Victor credits Rodrigo Santoyo, Instructor of Developmental Math at Galveston College, for getting him through his math courses and Mr. Ronald Foster, Program Director for HVAC, for his success with the advanced certificate program. His supervisors at Moody Gardens promoted him five months ago and he is now working as a technician in the Air Conditioning Department.

Perla continues to work while pursuing two Associate Degrees at Galveston College, her first in General Science and a second in Nursing. Perla says that, thus far, her favorite courses were taught by Dr. Ana Sanchez, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Program Coordinator, and Elizabeth Tapp, Instructor of Psychology and Sociology and Program Coordinator.

Both she and her young husband reflected on the significance of the College library for study. Because of full-time work commitments, Victor and Perla need the library environment to concentrate and work without interruption. Also, both of them meet friends in the Library and enjoy their time together.

For this young married couple, Perla and Victor, the future is bright because of their community college educations. Victor will graduate in May 2015 and Perla in Fall 2017.

Surgical Technology – Real World Training in an Innovative Field

Surgical technologists, or operating room technicians, work during surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel in all three phases of patient care: preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative case management. A surgical tech job description includes preparing surgical equipment, supplies and medications; passing instruments to surgeons and assistants; operating sterilizers and lights; preparing specimens for lab analysis; and transporting patients to and from surgery. Surgical technologist jobs require the ability to work quickly and accurately. Most surgical activities are carried out during the day, but they sometimes occur during the night shift, or you may need to work on short notice in case of emergency.

Surgical Tech – An Interesting and Life-Saving Career

Constant breakthroughs in surgical technology make for innovative careers for surgical tech. There are different career options with immediate impact on patients’ lives. Many become technical specialists and go into specialized practices such as ophthalmology, neurosurgery or orthopedics. They can work in hospitals as well as ambulatory surgical centers, clinics and physician’s offices. Others decide to work for surgical equipment companies and help distribute the most innovative surgical supplies and medications around the world.

Surgical technologist careers have a bright outlook as healthcare demand continues to growth. Similar to emergency medical services careers, employment is projected to grow by 30% from 2012 to 2022, with a current median pay of $41,790 annually (BLS). Advances in medical technology enable treatment of a variety of illnesses and injuries and call for more surgical technologists to alleviate pain and extend the lives of millions of people.

Hands-on Learning Environment at Gulf Coast Community Colleges

Students must obtain an accredited surgical technology certificate prior to taking the surgical technologist credentialing exam. With a nine-to-twelve-month certificate program, Gulf Coast community colleges provide students an opportunity to train in a realistic, hands-on working environment. Besides lectures, the curriculum emphasizes mock surgery under supervision in actual operating room situations.

Realistic operating environments will enable quick reactions in case of emergency and a stable temperament when working with unpleasant sights, odors and hazardous materials. Frequent practices in such technical settings allow students to become detail oriented, patient, as well as sensitive to the needs of both patients and surgical teams. Additionally, students will be introduced to the latest advances in medical technology, including computers, lasers, fiber optics, electronics and robotics. This all gives students a bigger picture of how surgical tech jobs can help individuals all over the world and make a positive impact on society.

Surgical technologists can create a difference in patients’ lives and make a valuable contribution to society. Visit our surgical technology page for available programs and member colleges to get your hands-on learning experience.

Emergency Medical Services Jobs Continue to Grow

Emergency Medical Services Careers

The healthcare industry is now providing a growing number of career opportunities. Among them, emergency medical services (EMS) jobs pay well and are critical in emergency medical incidents such as accidents, heart attacks, and strokes, yet they don’t require eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical school expenses to qualify.

EMS providers are responsible for administering immediate medical care and transporting patients to the nearest medical facilities by first response ambulance. While working in high-pressure environments, providers have to maintain exacting performance and a high degree of compassion towards patients. Based on the scope of practice and depth of treatment, emergency medical careers are divided into emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics.

The Difference between an EMT and a Paramedic

TGCCCC’s overview on emergency medical services programs explains the difference between an EMT and a paramedic. In short, a paramedic is generally an advanced EMT: An EMT requires 120 to 160 hours of training, while a paramedic needs a two-year program, and thus has a broader scope of practice. For example, while a basic EMT is restricted to using oxygen, glucose, asthma inhalers, and similar treatments, a paramedic can use 30-40 medications and perform more advanced treatment to support breathing. Sometimes, you must become an EMT before you can start paramedic training.

As the highest level of EMS provider, paramedic incomes average $40,000 annually, but they can earn up to $70,000 a year. That’s compared to $33,000 and $51,000 respectively for an EMT. The amount of training, the depth of medical treatment, and pay rate are good factors to help you decide whether you would like to pursue an EMT or paramedic career.

EMT/Paramedic Education and Job Placement

Formal training and state licenses are required to practice emergency medical services. TGCCCC member colleges offer three progressive levels of training: EMT basic, EMT intermediate and EMT advanced level for Paramedics (EMT-P). These programs will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quick reactions and competent care to save lives in emergency medical settings. In addition to medical coursework, a student will get hands-on training to attain strong reasoning skills – to assess the patient’s condition and overall situation; communication skills – to effectively assist patients in distress and communicate with emergency rooms; and stress tolerance – to maintain your focus despite potentially disturbing scenes.

Regarding job placement, EMT and paramedic jobs are expected to grow by 23% through 2020, much faster than the average of all jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all opportunities, first response ambulance service is the most popular choice for both EMTs and paramedics. However, there are other employment options to consider. Air ambulances, which are used to rescue major incident victims, often require one paramedic along with a nurse or doctor. Industrial safety, fire service and park rangers are also required to be at least an ETM or paramedic certified. There are also opportunities for military medics and overseas paramedics – working in an army or in another country offer a number of unique benefits.

While dealing with many distressing situations, EMTs and paramedics often find their work rewarding because they are able to save lives from the brink of death. If you are considering an EMS career, please contact our TGCCCC member colleges for available programs in your area of the Houston/Gulf Coast region.

Women Needed for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Female electricianThere has never been a better time for women to enter into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career. As Houston and the Gulf Coast region attract more STEM-based corporations, the demand for qualified workers continues to grow.

Community colleges have been supplying the training and education to meet those needs for five decades, and we have hundreds of program areas in which students can begin successful careers. Many of them are in STEM-related fields, but all can be used as a stepping stone for career advancement.

From manufacturing technologists to chemical engineers, and from computer technicians to nurses, the STEM fields are more open to women than ever. And, companies in the various industries are readily hiring women when qualified candidates apply.

Students can begin their careers in the medical and dental fields by attending classes at many of the local community colleges. Others interested in STEM can choose degrees, certifications and short-term training programs in such areas as drafting and design engineering, instrumentation and controls, logistics and global supply, and process technology.

According to, 37% of database engineers, 78% of clinical laboratory technologists, and 91% of registered nurses are women. In the higher-level technical industry positions, there is still a lot of room for women to increase their presence. Forbes estimates that 83% of chemical engineers and 78% of environmental scientists are men.

STEM students in Houston and the Gulf Coast area have opportunities to get hands-on experience in a real world setting through internships set up with major companies and organizations such as Dow Chemical and NASA. Additionally, faculty and staff are committed to providing students with quality education and information on scholarships to help students pay for their educations.

Tammy Hendrix-Doucette, a recipient of the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said, “This scholarship has positioned me to be eligible to be part of a research grant fellowship. I am on a research team for thermal chemical bio-mass projects and will work on a presentation for the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. It has literally changed my life for the better.”

Information about scholarships, grants and financial aid are available at each community college in the Texas Gulf Coast area.

As Baby Boomers Age, Cardiopulmonary Healthcare Jobs Demand Increases

Within the next five years, 76 million baby boomers or one-fifth of the entire U.S. population will begin to turn 75, hitting the age of chronic diseases and extensive healthcare treatments. As a result, there is an increasing demand for medical assistants and medical technologists in the next few years. At Gulf Coast Community Colleges, we offer a wide range of associate programs in the healthcare field. Each of them targets a particular demand, such as dental hygienists, medical lab technicians, or cardiopulmonary technicians, and each requires different skills sets and interests from students.
If you’re interested in studying the cardiopulmonary system – the heart, lungs, and veins – and working with the newest medical technology, you might find cardiopulmonary jobs very fascinating. Healthcare jobs opportunities in the field include: cardiovascular technologist, respiratory care therapist, and cardiac/telemetry technician.

Cardiopulmonary Jobs Outlook

The demand for cardiopulmonary treatment is going up. As baby boomers age, heart and lung diseases are among the most common and life-threatening chronic illnesses that require regular therapy and rehabilitation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, which makes it the leading cause of death in the U.S.

The jobs for which we provide training offer a balanced blend of knowledge about heart and lung function, medical technology, and personal interaction with patients. Different from purely technical career technologist, respiratory therapist jobs or cardiac/telemetry technicians will go beyond operating medical equipment to interact and take care of patients on a personal level.

Finally, similar to other healthcare jobs, cardiopulmonary jobs are generally well-paid. With an associate degree, you can begin with median wages of $24 to $28 hourly. Cardiac/telemetry technicians can earn more, with an average of $37 per hour.

Cardiovascular Technologist, Respiratory Therapist or Cardiac/Telemetry Technician?

All cardiopulmonary jobs focus on performing tests and operating therapeutic equipment, but the degree of technological involvement and patient interaction vary among position.

If you prefer working purely with technology, cardiovascular technologist is probably the right choice for you. This position mainly focuses on conducting tests for diagnostic purposes. You will run tests like electrocardiograms and cardiac catheterizations to determine pulmonary functions and lung capacity.

If you are more interested in interacting with patients, then cardiac/telemetry technician and respiratory therapist jobs might be good fits. While the former treats patients in critical care units, the latter provides temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Even though some employers only require a high school diploma and provide on-the-job training, candidates without an official degree are likely to earn less than average and take longer to move up. However, with a two-year associate degree program at one of the Gulf Coast Community Colleges, you will learn how to operate technologically advanced equipment. At the same time, you can improve your written and verbal communication skills to ensure clear understanding between physicians, you, and patients. Apply for an associate degree in cardiopulmonary now to have better career advancement opportunities in the healthcare jobs market.

Dental Hygienist – Future Outlook, Desired Skills and Education

If you are interested in dentistry, yet you think time and money are your restraints from getting an education, you might want to consider a dental assistant or dental hygienist job. Dental assistants play a support role for a dentist, and dental hygienists work directly with patients to provide preventative dental care and advice. Both can play important roles with every single patient by developing trusting relationships and providing valuable dental services. Best of all, a two-year associate degree qualifies you to go to work!

Job Outlook for Dental Hygienists

With an increasing awareness about the link between oral health and overall health, people tend to visit dental hygienists for oral health check-ups and preventative dental care advice more regularly. Therefore, there has been a growing demand for dental hygienist jobs in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job demand will increase 33 percent by 2022, making it one of the fastest-growing careers. Additionally, salaries for dental hygienists are very competitive, with an average hourly wage of $35.87 or an annual income of more than $74,000. Most dental hygienists can also work flexible hours, either full-time or part-time for a few days a week.

Responsibilities and Desired Skills for a Dental Hygienist:

Dental hygienists perform a variety of tasks from dental care and oral health education to office activities:

  • Perform screening procedures: assessment of oral health conditions, including health history, oral cancer, head and neck inspection, review of blood pressure and pulse
  • Take and develop dental X-rays
  • Clean teeth and apply preventive materials such as sealants and fluorides
  • Educate patients about daily preventative dental care as well as the impact of good nutrition on oral health
  • Complete other administrative tasks

Besides technical expertise, dental hygienists should develop strong interpersonal skills such as communication, flexibility and creativity:

  • Communication: Besides performing technical healthcare services, dental hygienists talk with people from different backgrounds to educate them on daily dental care. Additionally, they will have opportunities to work with special groups such as children, the disabled, and the elderly.
  • Flexibility: Dental hygienists sometimes work into the evening or during weekends. They can also be hired to perform services in other settings such as schools, rural communities, or even private home visits.
  • Creativity: Since dental hygienists work with such diverse groups and in various settings, it is important that they find different ways to approach patients and deliver their services.

Dental Hygienist Associate Degree Program: Start a Career or Prepare for Higher Education

While many four-year schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree in dental hygiene, you can typically save much time and money by obtaining an associate degree in dental hygiene with one of the TGCCCC member schools. After two years focusing on relevant coursework, a graduate can obtain a dental hygiene license to start practicing in any dental office. Another option would be to transfer credits and continue with the bachelor’s degree or pursue dental school. Whichever the option you choose, a two-year degree in dental hygiene would not only give you hands-on experience in dentistry services, but also help you pay for higher education by working in the industry for a few years.

If you are interested in pursuing a dental hygiene job, you can start to learn more about our associate degree programs offered by the Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges.

Pipefitters Have Great Career Opportunities in Our Region

Pipefitters play a major role in the construction and maintenance of plant site systems. Pipefitting fabricators generally install and maintain pipe systems in power and petrochemical plants, as well as heating and cooling systems in large office buildings. As mentioned on our CCPI page about pipefitting, pipefitters and steamfitters typically lay out, assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, lubrication, or other liquids or gases for industrial production and process systems. Additionally pipefitters apply pipe system knowledge and blueprint reading capability to select pipe size and type, related equipment and materials such as pipe supports, hangars, and hydraulic supports systems according to required specifications.


Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters may use many different materials and construction techniques, depending on the type of project. Residential water systems, for example, use copper, steel, and plastic pipe that one or two plumbers can install. Power plant water systems, by contrast, are made of large steel pipes that usually take a crew of pipefitters to install. Some workers install stainless steel pipes on dairy farms and in factories, mainly to prevent contamination. Plumbers and fitters sometimes cut holes in walls, ceilings, and floors. With some pipe systems, workers may hang steel supports from ceiling joists to hold the pipe in place. Because pipes are seldom manufactured to the exact length needed, plumbers and fitters measure and then cut and bend lengths of pipe as needed. Their tools often include saws and pipe cutters.

Earning your training and education with Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges will position you in a place to succeed as a pipefitter. Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training combined with work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for normal job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships and short-term, intensive, employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Pokies rely on luck, and your previous spins won’t affect future spins in any way real money slots.

Several of our colleges offer curriculum designed for a successful career in pipefitting. We offer many programs that put you on the fast track to becoming a pipefitter. For instance, Brazosport College emphasizes hands-on classroom training and provides college credit for on-the-job work experiences. At Lee College, the pipefitting program places special emphasis on hands-on training using its three large and completely equipped labs. Blueprint reading and isometric sketching are given special attention as requested by local industries. Threading pipe, socket-weld and butt-weld pipe fabrication skills and the mathematics needed to build a foundation in this career are all fully covered. Students in training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation, and our community college member schools will give you the tools needed to succeed at a fraction of the cost of a majority of college programs.

What a Degree in Pipefitting Offers

Pipefitters are employed by pipeline construction contractors, maintenance contractors and subcontractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants. Pipefitters can expect to progress from entry-level helper, to journeyman to supervisors as their knowledge and experience increases.

Hourly wages for pipefitters can range anywhere from $16 to $25 an hour, while some senior pipefitters will make more. The median wage for all pipefitters is about $25 an hour, but because demand is high in the Gulf Coast region, many pipefitters will work overtime for time-and-a-half wages or more.

Annual income for pipefitters varies widely depending on their hourly wages and the number of hours they work in a year. However, most pipefitters earn somewhere between $35,000 and $75,000 annually. Job opportunities are on the rise since many people working in pipefitting are expected to retire within the next 10 years.

Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction of buildings and the need for new septic systems should drive demand for these workers. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified workers. Especially in the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas, the economy is humming with a strong need for pipefitting fabricators. You can rest assured that Texas Gulf Community Colleges will prepare you for success in this thriving market.

Petrochemical Manufacturing is a Bright Spot in Today’s Oil and Gas Sector

There has been much doom and gloom in the news lately about the price decline in crude oil, and an impending oil bust in Texas. Oil prices have plummeted by more than 50 percent since June 2014. Currently, crude oil prices are hovering around $50 a barrel. The price per barrel is forecast to dip as low as $31 by the end of first quarter 2015.

The grim outlook may make you think that the oil and gas sector will suffer, so it may not be wise to work in the industry because there may not be as many jobs. However, this isn’t true. Petrochemical manufacturers actually benefit from reduced oil prices. Outside of the oil and gas sector, even the airline and express delivery industries also stand to benefit from the low oil prices.

To help you understand how petrochemical manufacturers gain from low oil prices, let’s first cover why crude oil prices are falling.

Supply and Demand Issues Contribute to Oil Price Drop

An oversupply of oil is one contributing factor to the oil price decline. Domestic production of oil in the U.S. has surged over the last few years, so oil imports from countries such as Saudi Arabia weren’t needed as much. Those countries that once sold oil to the United States are now competing in the Asian markets. As a result, the oil-producing countries are lowering prices of petroleum.

The drop in oil prices can also be attributed to a lagging demand globally. For instance, in both European and developing countries, the economies are sluggish and consumers are driving more energy-efficient vehicles.

Petrochemical Costs Are Falling

Petroleum and natural gas serve as the raw materials used to extract hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, and butane, which are then used as feedstocks for petrochemicals. Ultimately, these petrochemicals are used to manufacture the end products. Petrochemicals can be found in so many products that we use every day including cosmetics, furniture, appliances, TVs, radios, items made of plastic, and even medicines.

With the dip in crude oil prices, there has also been a subsequent drop in derivative petrochemical costs. Key petrochemicals in the U.S., such as ethylene, propylene, benzene and methanol are experiencing some of their lowest prices since 2009 when crude oil was about $50 per barrel.

So, the reduced crude oil prices provide petrochemical manufacturers with cheaper feedstocks such as ethane and propane. Steven Craig, a University of Houston economist, sums it up in this KHOU-TV report:

“When petroleum is cheap, petrochemicals do better,” Craig said.

Petrochemical Industry, Manufacturers to Experience Growth

The U.S. petrochemical industry is expected to keep expanding in 2015 amid the upstream oil and gas sector woes. The industry has been investing billions to grow and build new plants to leverage the inexpensive domestic crude oil. Industry experts are optimistic that any surges in oil prices won’t diminish growth around Houston and the Gulf Coast region, according to a Houston Chronicle article that ran in Dec. 2014. The article reports that the industry has planned 215 projects valued at $133 billon. Those projects include building new plants, re-opening shuttered facilities, and expand existing facilities

The future is bright in 2015 for petrochemical manufacturers. So, don’t put your career in the petrochemical industry on hold because of dropping oil prices. There are still many career opportunities for you to explore at petrochemical manufacturing companies. The Texas Gulf Coast Consortium of Community Colleges (TGCCC) has knowledgeable instructors who can teach you the skills needed for high-paying, petrochemical-related jobs. Learn more about TGCCCC’s Community College Petrochemical Initiative and read more about the type of jobs that are available in the industry as well as the courses you need to take.

Pursue a Degree and Career in the Field of Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is one of the newest and fastest growing career fields in the petrochemical industry, with more than 16,000 entry level jobs available. Electrical engineering technicians design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment on industrial sites.  They work with a wide array of devices, components and systems from tiny microchips to huge supercomputers. To become one, a person must have a certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology and may be required to complete a nationally certified Apprenticeship program, where an apprentice must complete 2,000 hours of supervised work.


That is where Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges come in. Earning your two-year degree through one of our member schools will help to lay the foundation for your success in a career you love. Colleges like San Jacinto or Alvin College offer hands-on, interesting classes such as Electrical Theory, DC/AC Circuits Fundamentals, Computer Networking Technology, and Fundamentals of Electronics and Math. These courses will pave the way for your associate degree, as well as help you enhance your critical thinking, reading comprehension, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills.

The type of industries you can expect to work in with an A.S. in electrical engineering include:

  • Research and Development
  • Engineering services firms
  • Manufacturing
  • The Federal Government

In addition, students who complete their associate degree in electrical technology may often find themselves working for large industrial plants, public utilities, government agencies, electrical contractors, building contractors, and construction companies. Electrical engineers and technicians also work less commonly in department store chains, hospitals and school districts.

What a Degree in Electrical Technology Offers

If you decide to move forward with this career path, the average salary is something our students will appreciate. Generally, electrical engineering technicians can expect to earn anywhere from $30,000 to $80,000 per year with an associate degree. In 2014 the median pay was about $30 per hour or more than $60,000 per year. And, you will be in good company should you choose this career path. Several famous electrical engineers are Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla.

One of the hardest challenges for college students is finding a career with available jobs when they graduate. Prospective students should know that a career in the petrochemical industry guarantees a job in the field. Exxon Mobile is coordinating programs in our community colleges to share expertise and has committed to $500,000 for a workforce training program. There are thousands of jobs coming to the Houston area and across the Gulf Coast because of this huge new investment in the chemical industry.

“The chemical industry supports 73,000 high-paying Texas manufacturing jobs and will add more under announced expansion plans by our industry, including at ExxonMobil,” said Steve Pryor, President of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Houston and the surrounding area have a thriving electrical engineering field, and if you’re interested in an electrical engineering degree, there will be plenty of jobs and opportunity awaiting you.

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