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Careers & Degree Programs

The next step in your career path is to decide what careers and/or degree program(s) interests you and then start taking classes within that program. In the list below, you’ll see information about nearly every career field you can imagine. The list includes degree programs offered at Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell. If you’re not sure what career field you want to pursue, browse the list and see what interests you! Many of our students are undecided, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you are also undecided, click the “Undecided” link to ensure you make the best use of your time here.

Within the various degree programs, MCC offers specific awards (Certificate, Diploma, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of General Studies Degree, and Associate of Arts Degree), depending on the program, the number of credits required for completion, and the needs and qualifications of the graduates. For each of the programs listed below, you can click through to the degree program page, then scroll to the bottom of the page to see which credential(s) is offered; the list can be found under Degree(s) Awarded.

Advanced Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

  • – Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell – Today’s technical advances in automobile design, safety, performance, and comfort levels require the expertise of a trained and skilled Automotive Technician. Men and women with high levels for attention to detail and application of technical knowledge will find work in diagnosis and repairs. Technicians must possess knowledge of…

  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians combine a knowledge of mechanical technology with an understanding of electrical and electronic circuits to keep businesses and industries up and running. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines. Electro-Mechanical Technicians typically do the following: Read blueprints, schematics, and diagrams to determine the method…

  • – Offered at Iowa Valley Grinnell – The craft of gunsmithing has been a part of American history and culture since our country was founded, and it continues to be a unique and highly specialized area of professional expertise. Gunsmiths possess a combination of technical and mechanical skills, but those who master the artistry of…

  • If you enjoy making things, using tools and equipment, and accepting responsibility as part of a team, machine trades is a great career to consider! People who have precise technical skills will always be needed in such fields as automotive, aerospace and agricultural manufacturing, and industrial component and consumer product manufacturing. You can become the…

  • The Utility Technician field employs people involved with the generation, distribution or use of electrical or gas utilities. These workers need a mechanical aptitude along with knowledge of mathematics, computers, electronic equipment, and map and schematic reading. There are job opportunities in Iowa and in virtually all parts of the country. No matter where you’d…

  • You can start in Fall or Spring Semester! Working with your hands, using tools, problem solving, creating, fixing things … if you enjoy these kinds of activities, Welding can be a great career choice for you! Welding careers are available in the automotive, construction, agriculture, utility and manufacturing industries, as well as many others. MCC…

Agriculture, Animals, Food & Natural Resources

  • There are numerous career opportunities in agriculture today ranging from the production sector such as farming to scientific research to conservation. Even though the number of farms is declining, farm labor contractors and farm management services are still in demand. Employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to…

  • Chefs and Head Cooks oversee daily food preparation at restaurants and other venues. They are employed by restaurants, resorts, amusement/gambling/recreation facilities, and private households, often working early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. The work can be hectic and fast-paced, but opportunities are outstanding for those who love the kitchen and embrace culinary artistry and…

  • Horticulture is defined as the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, turf grass and ornamental plants. The field can take you in many directions, but most careers involve some type of science including biology, chemistry, and physics. Activities within the field include plant breeding, growing and maintaining fruits/vegetables/ornamentals in the field and/or greenhouse,…

  • *An advanced degree is required to become a licensed veterinarian. A love of animals and an interest in taking care of them is a good start for someone thinking about a career in veterinary medicine. People in the field have the ability to get along with people and can make decisions quickly in emergencies. Job…

  • The wise use of our natural environment is of ever-increasing importance if our quality of life is to be maintained. Careers involve protecting the environment. If you love the outdoors and can’t imagine having a job that keeps you inside all the time, this career is one to consider. Job outlook Employment demand is expected…

Arts & Communications

  • Artists find creative ways to express emotions about the world around us, and there is an exciting variety of careers for those who are open minded and thrive on creative exploration. One of the greatest benefits of being an artist is having an open canvas of opportunity and the freedom to market your work in…

  • This career field includes “on-air” personalities as well as the behind-the-scenes production such as writing, producing, editing and directing. While good communication skills are a must for on-air careers, people involved in production need expertise in problem solving and multi-tasking. Career Students are trained for careers in radio, TV, video production, corporate media and web-based…

  • Creativity, initiative, good communication skills, and self-confidence are qualities of someone in the communications field. Journalism centers on newspaper and magazine writing, radio and television broadcasting, and advertising. Public relations professionals work at management and public relations firms, healthcare organizations, social services agencies, advertising agencies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. They help build and…

  • If you enjoyed your high school English and literature courses, English could be your specialty. Businesses and industries sometimes require technical writing for instruction manuals, equipment manuals and scientific and technical materials. An English background is always a plus for any writing-related job, as well as teaching English. Job outlook Employment of writers and editors…

  • Graphic design is a part of our everyday lives. If you have the ability to communicate effectively, have creative problem-solving skills, and are technically savvy, this is the field for you. Students who pursue this career develop creative problem solving skills using basic design, illustration, photo manipulation, and typography. A graphic artist is responsible for…

Business & Finance

  • Every business values the person who keeps track of the finances. Accountants assess financial operations and help organizations run efficiently by preparing and examining financial records, and by ensuring that the records are accurate. Key business decisions are often made after reviewing the bottom line of financial profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cost studies,…

  • Business is a diverse, dynamic field requiring skilled professionals with a wide range of abilities and expertise.  Business can mean many different things to people … it can include accounting, finance, all aspects of computers, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, or related fields such as sports management/marketing, fashion merchandising, banking, international business, and the teaching of business….

  • Every company needs to sell its products and services profitably. The way to do that is through advertising, promotions, marketing, social media, sales, and public relations. Market research, marketing strategy, sales, advertising, pricing, product development, promotions, and public relations activity all fall under the realm of marketing. If you’re interested in helping a business profit…

Computer Science & Information Technologies

  • Computer and technical skills are required by today’s employees. Students in these MCC programs will learn to solve business problems using computer software, manage data to make data-driven decisions, and prepare statistical reports, spreadsheets, presentations, publications, and web pages. Flexibility is built into the programs so that MCC students have the opportunity to take medical,…

  • The demand for computer and information technology (IT) workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technologies and mobile networks and place greater emphasis on cloud computing, information security, and the collection and storage of big data. Computer Support Specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using…

  • The rapid and widespread use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained workers proficient in various job functions. These specialists include computer scientists, database administrators, and network systems and data communication analysts. The information technology field requires people who show leadership skills, the ability to concentrate and pay close attention…

  • The love of computers and creativity is the right combination for a career involving eCommerce and web page development. There continues to be a virtual explosion of web page development as businesses rely heavily on the internet and electronic media to market their services and products. Businesses want people who can make a profitable connection…

Criminal Justice, Education, Human/Social Services & Law

  • Since the 9-11-01 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, criminal justice is one of the fastest growing, most diverse industries in the country. Personal characteristics such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility are especially important in this field. The ability to relate to a variety of people is…

  • Think about your favorite teachers … what were the qualities that made you appreciate them? Your answers will tell you what makes a good teacher. A teacher must be knowledgeable and able to recognize and respond to individual differences in students. A teacher should be dependable, patient, and creative. The goals of the basic teacher…

  • “Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles…

  • The study of history informs majors and non-majors alike about how to make sense of the world by comprehending how the past influences the present and how the past can shape the future. Students learn about individuals, groups, communities, nations, or empires from every perspective. The study of history is one of the best ways…

  • Patience, understanding, and a strong desire to help others are valued characteristics of people working in the human services and social work fields. Human services workers and social workers usually work in a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation, social work, human services, agencies, corrections, health services, military, residential services, individual and…

  • *Pre-law program. An advanced degree is required to become a licensed lawyer/attorney. People working in law like to work with other people. They can win the respect of their clients, associates, and the public, and have perseverance, creativity and reasoning abilities. They can analyze complex cases and handle new and unique legal problems. Attorneys act…

  • Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems and public policy. They study all phases of government from the state and local levels to international relations. Many political scientists specialize in a general area such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes or international relations. A strong curiosity about government and…

  • Patience, understanding and a strong desire to help others are valued characteristics of people working in the human services field. Human services workers usually work under the direction of professionals from a variety of fields such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy or social work. They provide direct and indirect client services. They…

  • *A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree is required to become a sociologist. An inquiring mind about the nature of society and why groups and individuals behave as they do, relating well with others, and the ability to communicate findings of research and studies are important qualities of sociologists. Sociologists study human society and the social behavior…

Engineering, Mathematics & Sciences

  • This is a ‘department’ page. MCC does not offer a degree in Biology, but offers several Biology courses. Careers and programs of study associated with Biology: Athletic Training Horticulture Medicine Nursing (PN) Nursing (ADN) Physical Therapy Science Veterinary Medicine Wildlife/Fisheries/Forestry List of classes: BIO105 Introductory Biology AA Approved BIO112 General Biology I AA Approved BIO113…

  • This is a ‘department’ page. MCC does not offer a degree in Chemistry, but offers several Chemistry courses. Careers and programs of study associated with Chemistry: Horticulture Medicine Mortuary Science Pharmacy Physical Therapy Science Veterinary Medicine Wildlife/Fisheries/Forestry List of classes: CHM103 Metallurgy CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry AA Approved CHM165 General Chemistry I AA Approved…

  • *An advanced degree is required to become a professional in the engineering field. Engineers use mathematical and scientific principles to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems. They design, develop and build machinery and complex systems used in the production of a large variety of consumer goods. Engineers are also instrumental in the development of…

  • Math at MCC isn’t just for Math Majors. Whether you are going into carpentry or nursing, accounting or engineering, art or sports training, we offer the right level of math for you. All over the country, many students struggle with math during their school years. We offer flexible options for helping students for whom math…

  • While the field of science is extremely broad, there are many different career opportunities available that begin with a science background. If you have a curiosity about living things and how they tick, you should check out the various categories in life sciences including biology, anatomy, botany, genetics, toxicology, and zoology, just to name a…

Healthcare & Wellness

  • *A bachelor’s degree is required to become an athletic trainer. Athletic Training is a career that blends the sciences, athletics, and helping others. The academic preparation for Athletic Training includes a solid foundation of anatomy, biology, communications, first aid, health, nutrition, physiology, and psychology. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are highly qualified healthcare professionals who are…

  • Dental Assisting is named a Top U.S. Job! Dental Assisting is the #25 Best Healthcare Support Job in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Dental Assistants are valuable members of the dental care team, performing patient care and office and laboratory duties. They work chairside as Dentists examine and treat patients….

  • People in the Sports industry are generally outgoing, good at motivating others, and like a variety of leisure activities. Good health behaviors and practices continue to be increasingly important in today’s society due to stress, poor diets, lack of exercise, and the overall lifestyle to which many people in our culture have grown accustomed. The…

  • Our Medical Assisting Program recently went through an accreditation review process and is now fully accredited through 2027! Medical Assistants give healthcare a human touch, helping patients to feel at ease in the doctor’s office and to understand the doctor’s instructions. They provide medical office administrative services, perform clinical duties, and conduct lab testing. Clinical…

  • If you’d like to work in an office environment and are interested in a career in health care, this is the program for you! As a Medical Office Assistant, you will play a key role in running an efficient, productive medical office. In just one year, you can earn a diploma and obtain the administrative…

  • *An advanced degree is required to become a physician. Physicians and Physician Assistants (PAs) prevent, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases and injuries, while Surgeons treat injuries, diseases, and deformities through operations. Most Physicians and PAs work in primary care, which includes internal medicine, general and family practice, and pediatrics. Medical specialties are varied, but the…

  • Nurses are known for their caring and sympathetic nature. They use their nursing skills to assist individuals to regain or maintain their health. Interest and training must be strong in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nutrition, math and psychology. One of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs is…

  • *An advanced degree is required to become a doctor of pharmacy. Pharmacists dispense prescription medications and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may provide advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle, conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, and oversee the medications given to patients. Some Pharmacists who own their…

  • *An advanced degree is required to become a doctor of physical therapy. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants need strong interpersonal skills to successfully educate patients about their treatments. They should be compassionate and have a desire to help patients. They provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit…

  • *A master’s degree is required to become a psychologist. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Psychology is concerned with the way we behave as individuals as well as in groups, the way we act as well as the way we think, and our interaction with the physical world as well…

Transferring & Undecided

  • The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree is generally considered our best transferable degree, and has been designed with this in mind. The AA degree is essentially a “Liberal Arts” transfer degree, with a broad educational focus, including an Elective category providing opportunities to explore college-level course offerings and/or to focus more specifically on major course…