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Careers & Degree Programs

The next step in your career path is to decide what careers and/or degree programs interest you and then start taking classes within that curriculum. In the list below, you’ll see careers and degree programs for just about every field you can imagine. If you’re not sure what career you want to pursue, browse the list to see what interests you and then click through to get more information. Many ECC students haven’t decided on a career field or degree program when they enroll, which is fine. If you’re undecided, we suggest you check out the Associate of Arts (AA) Degree link.

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

Agriculture, Animals, Food & Natural Resources

  • Agribusiness combines instruction in the agricultural sciences and business with particular emphasis on business practices and the management of agricultural production. By combining these areas, the program meets agribusiness competencies essential for today’s production agriculture, and provides students expertise to allow them to enter management levels in agribusiness firms. In addition, a broad range of…

  • Ellsworth Community College offers more than a dozen uniquely specialized agriculture and animal science degree programs. This versatile Agriculture Science program is offered as: A one-semester Certificate program A one-year Diploma program A two-year Associate of Professional Studies (APS) degree for those who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation or transfer their…

  • The Animal Science major is designed for students who have an interest in animal production, management, sales, research, and health care. The hands-on coursework focuses on domestic animals – beef and dairy cattle, cats, dogs, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, and the services related to these animals. ECC students will master the topics of animal nutrition,…

  • People who work in conservation love being outdoors. They also work well with people and have good communication skills. Working conditions vary considerably and are often physically demanding. Although some of the work is solitary, foresters and conservation scientists also deal regularly with landowners, loggers, forestry technicians and aides, farmers, ranchers, government official special interest…

  • You don’t have to take our word for it … Ellsworth Community College’s Equine programs are currently ranked #2 in the nation by HorseSchools.com, which compiles and compares quantifiable data from equine schools across the country. Take the time to see our facilities, meet our staff, and talk with our successful students. We’re convinced you’ll…

  • The Farm Management program is designed for students who want to manage the day-to-day operations of a production farm. Farming has become more complex, and the need to maximize financial returns is increasingly important. Farm managers have responsibilities that include caring for livestock, operating machinery and maintaining equipment, overseeing large crop operations, and more. ECC’s…

  • 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 related to biology, chemistry, and physics. Activities within the field include plant breeding, growing and maintaining fruits/vegetables/ornamentals in the field and/or…

  • The Mobile Service Technician program prepares students to diagnose, repair and service agricultural equipment in rural locations using a specially-equipped service truck. As the size of ag equipment increases, it has becomes harder to load and transport equipment to the dealer’s location, which has required dealers to provide services at the customers’ location. The equipment…

  • Precision Agriculture is a high tech concept that relies on advanced technologies to increase efficiency in agricultural practices. Precision Ag allows farmers, cooperatives, service providers and equipment dealers to collect and use data about unique variations in a field to optimize management with regards to crops, environmental production and economics. The ag industry has the…

  • Swine production continues to play a vital role in the economics of many rural communities throughout the U.S. Entry-level positions with independent producers, small production companies, large corporations, and allied industries pay well and offer unlimited opportunity for advancement. Site and department managers oversee the day-to-day operation of a swine production unit and must have…

  • The care and practice that goes into helping animals maintain good health calls for dedicated students who are eager to learn. Take your love for animals to the next level by earning your two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine. The road to becoming a veterinarian starts here, where…

  • People who work in conservation love being outdoors. They also work well with people and have good communication skills. Working conditions vary considerably and are often physically demanding. Although some of the work is solitary, foresters and conservation scientists also deal regularly with landowners, loggers, forestry technicians and aides, farmers, ranchers, government official special interest…

Arts & Communications

  • Artists are creative people with something to say about a subject or group of subjects. ECC’s Art and Graphic Arts programs can lead to a number of rewarding careers. One of the greatest benefits of being an Artist is having an open canvas of opportunity and the freedom to market your work in any path…

  • There are many career paths from which a person with a Communications degree can choose. Creativity, initiative, good communication skills, and self-confidence are qualities of successful professionals 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, health…

  • If you enjoyed your high school English and literature courses, English could provide you with a pathway to an enjoyable career. Businesses and industries sometimes require technical writing for instruction manuals, equipment manuals, and scientific and technical materials. In addition to the popular choice of being an English teacher, an English background is always a…

  • Graphic Artists combine their own personal creativity with the ideas and needs of their clients/customers to convey a specific message. ECC’s Art and Graphic Arts programs can lead to a number of rewarding careers. One of the greatest benefits of being a graphic designer is having an open canvas of opportunity and the freedom to…

Business & Finance

  • Mathematical, computer, analytical and problem-solving skills are essential qualifications for anyone in the Accounting field. Good communication skills and being detail-oriented and motivated are also important. Accountants compile and analyze business records and prepare financial reports such as profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cost studies and tax reports. They ensure that financial records are…

  • A business professional handles many day-to-day procedures and may track fluctuations in the economy and their impacts on the business. This is all part of the effort of keeping a business successful and effectively moving forward, which is a  big responsibility that requires attention, dedication, and organization. Successful business professionals are skilled at networking, problem-solving,…

  • Careers in banking and finance deal with everything related to personal, organizational, and governmental assets. Both offer a wide variety of career possibilities, and are an important part of the business world. From the individual level to a large corporate setting, finance is a key part of decision-making and spending. Tracking finances in a business…

  • If you’d enjoy working in an office environment and are interested in the health care industry, this is the program for you! As a Medical Office Practitioner, you’ll play a key role in running an efficient, productive medical office.  In just one year, you can earn a Diploma and obtain the administrative skills, medical background…

Computer Science & Information Technologies

  • ECC’s Computer Applications in Business Program Works with YOUR LIFE Whether you’re a new student, a working professional or rejoining the workforce, if you’d like to enhance your qualifications for success in the workplace and further your education, ECC’s Computer Applications classes are for you! Earn anywhere from a short three-course certificate to a two-year…

Criminal Justice, Education, Human/Social Services & Law

  • Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of organization in which they’re employed. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Education requirements range from…

  • If you are passionate about learning and you love understanding and helping others (kids or adults), Education is the right field for you. Think about your favorite teacher and what qualities he or she has that make you appreciate them … your answers reveal what makes a good teacher. Those qualities include the ability to…

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has been listed as #1 on CNN.com’s list of “Ten Unusual Majors That Can Get You Jobs.” FCS professionals are educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants. They provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life, including human development, personal and family…

  • An educational emphasis in History lends great value in understanding society and its institutions. History students develop skills in research, writing, and organizing thoughts, and they gain a unique perspective and judgment that’s valuable in all kinds of decision making. An interest in and curiosity about the events, people and ideas of the past are…

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Emphasis People working in law like to work with other people; 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. Other law-related jobs include legal assistants and paralegals, who are…

  • 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 social services field. Social 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…

  • Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop. Sociologists study human behavior, interaction, and organization within the context of larger social, political, and economic forces. They observe the activity of social, religious, political, and economic groups, organizations, and institutions. They examine the effect of…

Engineering, Mathematics & Sciences

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Engineers are designers and builders of mechanical, electronic, and biological devices. They create new products with specific performance requirements and develop maintenance schedules. Engineers are people who like to be challenged and solve problems. Engineering specialties vary widely and cover a broad range of interests and aptitudes. With more than 25…

  • While the field of Mathematics is broad, there are many different career opportunities available that begin with a math background: actuarial science, computer science, education, engineering and research, to name a just few. Job titles may include economist, educator, mathematician, researcher or statistician, and employers include governmental agencies, insurance companies, scientific research and development services,…

  • While the field of Science is 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 may be interested in the various Life Sciences including biology, anatomy, botany, genetics, toxicology and zoology. The Physical Sciences deal with non-living…

Healthcare & Wellness

  • Athletic Trainers (ATs) are multi-skilled, mid-level health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The term “Athletic Trainer” comes from the profession’s historical roots, but today’s ATs provide medical services to all types of people (not just athletes), and they do not “train” people as personal or…

  • Promoting good health behaviors and practices is becoming increasingly important in today’s society due to the stress, poor diets, lack of exercise, and the overall lifestyle to which our culture has grown accustomed. The Sports field encourages participation in physical activity by engaging people to commit to sports, exercise and various games. The rising interest…

  • 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 duties include (but are not limited to) collecting and preparing lab specimens, drawing blood, taking medical histories, preparing…

  • If you’d enjoy working in an office environment and are interested in the health care industry, this is the program for you! As a Medical Office Practitioner, you’ll play a key role in running an efficient, productive medical office.  In just one year, you can earn a Diploma and obtain the administrative skills, medical background…

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Transfer Degree Physicians and Physician Assistants (PAs) prevent, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases and injuries. There are many fields of specialty available in the medical field, but most Physicians and PAs work in primary care, which includes internal medicine, general, and family practice, and pediatrics. Take your interest in science and…

  • 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…

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Emphasis Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients 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 pharmacy or manage a…

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Transfer Degree Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. Physical Therapists should have a compassionate…

  • Do you enjoy helping others? Are you the person friends come to for advice? Psychology might be the career right fit for you! Psychologists enjoy helping others and seek to understand human thoughts and behaviors. They study a wide range of fields including health and human services, management, education, law, and sports. Psychologists are able…

Marketing & Sales

  • Do you have a creative flair, a way with words, or make great connections with others? If so, Marketing could be the degree program for you! Marketing involves using a unique set of tools that include creativity, selling and promoting products and/or services, generating awareness, attracting potential customers, and building business relationships. It is a…

  • Getting a product from the producer to the consumer falls into the realm of Merchandising and Retail Management. This involves planning and supervising the purchase and marketing of merchandise in a broad area, such as women’s apparel or appliances. In department store chains, which house multiple stores, many of the buying and merchandising functions are…

Transferring & Undecided

  • If you’re planning to transfer your ECC credits to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university, you’re definitely in the majority! Nearly 80% of our students earn a Liberal Arts transferrable Associate of Arts (AA) degree because they’re assured that the credits will transfer easily to nearly all Iowa colleges and universities,…