Career Pathways is another way of exploring career choice based on career groupings.
Please select from the following Career Pathways:
|Agriculture & Natural Resources||Arts, Media & Communication|
|Business, Management & Technology||Engineering & Industrial Technology|
|Health Services||Public & Human Services|
Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy working with animals? Are you interested in geology? Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Do you enjoy working out of doors?
Then a career in agriculture and natural resources might be right for you.
Jobs in the agriculture and natural resources career cluster involve planning, managing, and performing agricultural production, horticulture and landscaping services, and related professional and technical services; planning, managing, and performing mining and extraction operations; managing and conserving natural resources; and performing related environmental services.
Possible careers include:
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The agribusiness industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross national product and employs close to one-fourth of the U.S. labor force. On the domestic scene alone, we are witnessing the consolation of farms and ranches into larger, more efficient operations that are increasingly industrialized with more sophisticated management.
An Agribusiness major prepares for the growing, fast-paced agriculture environment of the future. Students study economics and accounting, marketing, law and policy, production agriculture and management, all of which then take into account technology and environmental regulations.
A degree in Animal Science combines different disciplines - animal nutrition, genetics, behavior, and reproductive physiology - with hands on, practical applications for the livestock, poultry and companion animal industries. Animal Science prepares students for many career opportunities.
The major coursework combines theory and practical applications for all of the species common to the livestock and poultry industries.
The flexibility of the Animal Science curriculum is the basis for student learning and understanding. In today's technology- driven world, the ability to integrate scientific knowledge with the principles of business is what allows our students to respond to the rapid changes they will face in their future careers.
Crop science is the study of growing and managing various crops, such as corn and cotton, lettuce and broccoli, and many more. It involves the management of irrigation and equipment, timing of planting and harvesting, plant and insect pest management, fertilization, post-harvest handling and marketing, and all the other aspects of efficiently producing food and fiber.
Crop science is a dynamic field with new developments continuing in such areas as post-harvest technology, plant biotechnology, integrated pest management, and precision farming. It requires a breadth of understanding, from basic biology and ecology to precision instruments for analysis of plant tissues, post-harvest storage atmospheres, and other substances.
The crop scientist is also working to develop cropping systems that are profitable and ecologically sustainable, including safer methods of controlling weeds and pests.
Do you want to help feed the world? Study crop science and know that you are helping out. The 21st century will be driven by the need to feed and clothe a growing world population while using methods that ensure the continued productivity of our farmland.
And, while there might be a shortage of land for the growing of crops, there is no shortage when it comes to growing solutions. Worldwide demand for trained men and women in plant biotechnology, integrated pest management, precision farming, post-harvest technology, research and development, consulting and marketing is growing everyday.
Environmental Horticulture is one of the fastest-growing segments of agriculture in the nation and professionals in all aspects of this active "green" industry are in high demand. Whether you are interested in greenhouse or nursery production, retailing or marketing products, golf course/turf management, or any aspect of the landscape industry, this is your field.
Professionals in this industry are responsible for the production, utilization, and maintenance of trees, flowers, shrubs, houseplants, and turf grasses that are used to enhance the environment.
The Environmental Horticulture industry in California is a multibillion-dollar business. California is the location of some of the largest nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape maintenance companies in the United States and ranks second among states in the number of golf courses.
The program provides a broad general experience in the arts and science to develop an individual with a well-rounded education, and a core of basic courses, which furnish the student with a perspective of the scientific and professional area of forestry, natural resources, fisheries and wildlife.
The pre-forestry, resources conservation and wildlife management program at Bakersfield College should conform to the recommended program as prescribed by the school to which the student wishes to transfer. Students planning to go to work after completing a 2-year degree should complete the A.S. degree.
The forestry and Natural Resources major will prepare you for an important role in the protection, management, and development of our forest and natural resources.
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Careers in this pathway of study are related to the performing, visual, literary and media arts. These may include creative or technical writing, illustrating, graphic designing, publishing, theater arts, journalism, education, languages, radio and television broadcasting, photography, advertising and public relations.
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The program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in various graphic art fields such as advertising, graphic design, illustration, and digital imaging. The core learned disciplines are the principles of design, an understanding of the visual elements, exposure to art and design history, conceptual visual problem solving, and the production of a graphic portfolio using established computer graphic software.
For more information, visit the Art Department page.
This basic course of study in photography and the arts is designed to give the student a perspective on the artistic and professional aspect of photography. The one-year program is dependent upon scheduling of classes. Students desiring further training may continue toward an Associates Degree or transfer to a four-year institution.
For more information, visit the Art Department page.
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Are you good at math? Do you enjoy working with others? Do you have leadership qualities? Can you pick up computer applications easily? Then a career in this pathway might be for you.
Careers in this pathway of study are related to accounting, business administration, finance, information processing and marketing. These may include business planning, financial analysis, corporate management, statistical analysis and sales
The Administrative Office concentrations are programs designed to equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be an efficient, productive member of an office support team. Students will complete courses designed to help them learn to analyze and coordinate office duties and systems, develop proficiency in the use of integrated software, and improve oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on non-technical as well as technical skills. Students will have the option of completing a certificate and/or a two-year degree.
The Bookkeeping curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and the skills necessary for employment and growth in the accounting profession. Using the "language of business," accountants assemble and analyze, process and communicate essential information about financial operations.
The desire of this department is to promote and enhance the economic development of the community; to provide for lifelong learning and academic excellence through course content, application, and technology; to serve diverse populations with a sense of worth and dignity; to establish work ethics relative to a positive work environment; to meet workforce needs in the workplace through skills development, training, and personal growth; to be quality driven; and to communicate a sense of vision and renewal through a creative utilization of productive and innovative resources.
The Real Estate courses offered are recognized by the State of California and accepted as prerequisites for the students to sit for their licensing examinations. These courses are also available for continuing education credits. Upon completion of these courses, the students will have the knowledge to allow them to comply with real estate practice standards imposed by the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules for the State of California.
The management curriculum is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary for success as a manager in today's demanding organizational climate. The program is of benefit to the man or woman who aspires to a first-level or higher management position in any organization, including, business, government, or service organizations.
The purpose of this career program is to provide basic knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field of sales. This program is designed for students to begin careers in sales either retail or outside sales positions.
The Marketing Program provides students with knowledge, techniques and perspectives relating to the theory and practice of marketing, business, and public organizations. Specialized courses in marketing, sales, advertising, and related business disciplines enable students to think critically, creatively, and strategically, from an ethical perspective, when promoting their organizations in today's globally integrated economy. BC's Marketing Program helps students to develop a strong understanding of the techniques used in successful business marketing. That training starts with a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary marketplaces. The curriculum includes specialized courses in marketing, sales and advertising. It also provides students with the ability to think critically and creatively - as well as ethically - in today's growing global economy.
The Western Association of Food Chains is pleased to announce the new WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program, a 10-course college-level program that has been fully endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains and its member companies. The certificate's curriculum was developed out of a collaborative effort between several food industry and college professionals and encompasses several business essentials, including the "soft skills" of management and communication required for career success in the retail food industry.
Programming is a very challenging and interesting profession for anyone who enjoys figuring out solutions to complex problems. Bakersfield College's Computer Studies Department offers three degree and transfer programs in the area of computer programming: AA in Computer Information Systems, AS in Computer Information Systems and AS in Computer Science.
A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology is one of the fastest growing computer fields worldwide, finding its way into nearly every walk of life and using geography as a basis to analyze and display information. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query as statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps. Bakersfield College offers several classes in GIS, as well as a certificate program.
Our computer networking and technical courses will help you get a great job in the ever-changing LAN, WAN and computer technical support sectors. You'll find courses in designing, installing, administering and troubleshooting small to large networks, as well as courses on building and repairing computers. We offer courses that will help you acquire industry-recognized certification for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Linux, Network+ and A+.
The Office Applications courses are designed to prepare the student to specialize in office applications, which include the Microsoft Office Suite. All students should have instruction in microcomputer applications so that they will be successful in using the software in personal and business situations. The Computer Studies Department at Bakersfield College offers a variety of courses, including introductory and advance Microsoft Office Applications, as well as other frequently used office software tools.
The Computer Studies Department at Bakersfield College offers a wide range of Web Development courses, as well as Associates in Science degree in Web Development. Web Development is one of the fastest growing professions in computing and technology. Our web development courses include introductory courses in HTML and web design, as well as courses in database-driven web sites, dynamic HTML, and other dynamic web site technologies.
Does the way in which the universe works intrigue you? Are you hard working, self-motivated and enjoy working alone? Do you enjoy gathering and interpreting data? Then a career in the engineering and industrial career pathway might be for you.
Careers in this pathway of study are related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, install or maintain physical manufacturing systems. These may include engineering and related fields, architecture, mechanics and repairers, manufacturing technology, precision production, electronics and construction trades and related industries.
This program develops student’s knowledge and skills in mill lathe operation, machining operations and procedures, computer numerical control (CNC), robotics, automation processes, programmable electronics controllers (PLC's) and process control systems. This program may transfer over to California State University campuses offering Manufacturing Technology or Engineering Technology programs. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses
This program develops student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of automotive systems operation, trouble-shooting, maintenance and repair. The program is transferable to California State University campuses, which offer Automotive Technology or related programs. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses.
This program develops student’s knowledge and skills in AC/DC circuits, communication systems, and instrumentation, so that they are competent in the design, installation and repair of such systems. The Associate’s Degree requires 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses.
This program develops the student’s knowledge and skills in basic drafting techniques, graphic solutions, design principles, computer aided drafting (CADD), geographic information systems (GIS), and animation as used in modern business and industrial applications. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses.
Prepares individuals for leadership responsibilities within a broad range of industries, including, but not limited to, manufacturing, communications, transportation, energy, education, and utility services. This program may transfer to California State University campuses offering Industrial Technology programs. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including with the General Education and Elective courses.
This program develops the student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of oxyacetylene, Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, as well as blueprint reading and layout procedures. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses.
This program is designed to develop the student’s skills and knowledge in areas of wood types, machining and finishing processes, aesthetics and design considerations and fabrication techniques. The Associates Degree requires the completion of 60 units with a G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective course.
An apprentice is a person being taught a craft or trade. You can make a very good living in all of the trades. More importantly, you get paid while you are in training. Depending on the career path you choose your apprenticeship training will take from 3 to 5 years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, some earning college credits.
While in training, your starting union wage may range from $9 to $14 per hour. Once you have completed your training you can earn $30 per hour or more depending on the trade. The pay scale will depend on your specific trade, the area where you work and the collective bargaining agreement in your area which will include health and pension benefits.
Apprenticeship is a work force training, designed to prepare an individual, generally a high school graduate, for occupations in the skilled trades and crafts.
An apprentice develops marketable job skills in a structured training program. Being of legal working age, he or she should possess the aptitude, physical condition and desire to succeed in the specific craft/trade.
People attracted to careers in this pathway like to work with people. This career path includes programs related to the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries, conditions, and disease. These may include medicine, dentistry, nursing, therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition, fitness, and hygiene.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course consists of 120 hours, which includes 16 hours of emergency room/ambulance experience. The course prepares the student to perform basic emergency care as part of a mobile emergency team.
It also provides the student with an understanding of the skills and assessment techniques needed to care for an ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take an examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician 1.
EMTs are employed by ambulance companies and some private industries to provide emergency care in case of illness or injury.
The course is required for ambulance personnel, the California Highway Patrol and many other first care providers. Students may later choose to become paramedics.
The Nurse Assistant Academy course work prepares the student to provide services to those who need health care. The student will learn the role of the caregiver, the healthcare environment, healthcare safety; adult needs in health and illness and basic care giving skills. Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant Academy the student is eligible to take the competency exam as a Certified Nursing Assistant by the Department of Health Services.
The Nurse Assistant Employment Readiness Academy program is a 10-week program. Students with a misdemeanor and/or felony record may not receive certification or licensure from the State or County - clarification can be provided by the Bakersfield College Director of Nursing programs.
Radiologic Technology is a health care profession whose practitioners work in hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and private physician's offices.
The radiologic technologist (radiographer) is a member of the health care team who works directly with the patient and the physician performing a wide variety of diagnostic x-ray procedures. The role of the graduate radiographer may be that of staff radiographer, special imaging radiographer, supervisor, administrator or educator, depending upon the level of education and experience obtained.
The Radiologic Technology Program provides concurrent classroom study at Bakersfield College and clinical education leading to the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. Once a student has completed the prerequisites for admission, the program is twenty-four months in length starting in June of the first year and ending twenty-four months later in May.
This combination of didactic (classroom) education with practical, on-site clinical education affords students an opportunity to immediately put into practice what they learn. Students should anticipate making a full time commitment to the program during the regular school year. Summer sessions are required and the fall, spring and summer sessions may be scheduled beyond the regular college session dates. Clinical education sites include hospitals and imaging centers affiliated with the college.
Current clinical education settings include sites in Bakersfield, CA and Delano, CA. Successful completion of the requirements of the Radiologic Technology Program makes the student eligible to write the national examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT) examination, administered by the State of California, Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch. The student is also eligible to write the fluoroscopy permit examination administered by the State of California, Radiologic Health Branch.
Students must earn a minimum of "C" in all radiography courses and have met all clinical education objectives to be recommended for the above examinations.
Registered nursing education prepares the graduate to provide services to those who need healthcare. As needs are varied, so are educational programs, which may proceed from the simpler to the more complex in accordance with the career ladder concept.
The progression reads: nurse assistant, licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse, and other nurses with Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctorate in Nursing and special certifications.
The role of a new graduate is usually that of a staff nurse. With additional education, a nurse may advance to a position of supervisor, administrator, clinical specialist, educator, or researcher. Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is a four-semester program after the prerequisite courses have been completed.
In addition, students must complete all the Bakersfield College general education requirements for graduation. Upon successful completion of the ADN Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
Vocational nursing education prepares the graduate to provide services to those who need healthcare. As needs are varied so are educational programs, which may proceed from the simpler to the more complex in accordance with the career ladder concept. The progression reads: nurse assistant, licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse, and other nurses with Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctorate in Nursing and special certifications. The vocational nurse practices under the direction of a licensed physician or a registered nurse.
Vocational Nursing (VN) is a three-semester program after the prerequisite courses have been completed. Students may also choose to complete the general education requirements of the College and obtain an Associate of Liberal Arts Degree. The College does not award an AA in Vocational Nursing. Consult the Bakersfield College Catalog or the Counseling Center for specific requirements.
Upon successful completion of the VN Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses for licensure as a Vocational Nurse in the State of California.
People attracted to careers in this pathway like to work with people.
This career path includes programs related to economic, political, and social systems. These may include education, law and legal studies, law enforcement, public administration, child and family services, religion, and social services.
Corrections are part of the criminal justice system responsible for juveniles and adults who have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offense. It involves working with the individual at the local, state, or federal level of government.
The Corrections professional subscribe to philosophy of protecting society and aiding in the rehabilitation of the offender. The correctional Administration Program is designed to expose the student to different aspects of the correctional system.
This pattern of coursework has been endorsed by the Joint Apprenticeship committee of the California department of Corrections, California Youth Authority, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association as a program, which would be of benefit to apprentices, and correctional peace officers.
Bakersfield College’s Regional fire Technology Program is authorized by the California Fire Service Training and Education System. Programs of study lead to certificates in Fire Technology with specialization in hazardous materials, wildland fire control, and rescue and life safety.
Certifications include Fire Officer, Chief Officer, Driver/Operator, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Volunteer Firefighter. Certificates meet the National Fire Protection Association professional qualification standards.