Showcasing careers from multiple career clusters. If we don’t know the job exists, how can we even begin realizing all of our options? (A different career will be showcased each Thursday.)

Data Scientist

Do you like numbers? Have an eye for detail? Enjoy working with computers? What about looking into becoming a data scientist(ranked #1 Best Jobs of 2016 according to Forbes). They are in high demand due to data needs in the government, health care and academia sectors & their median annual income is over $128,000!! The Harvard Business Review calls ‘data scientist’ the sexiest job of the 21st century. Think of a data scientist as a hybrid of data hacker, analyst, communicator, & trusted adviser.

Information on education & skills needed

Life of a Data Scientist
8 Skills You Need to be a Data Scientist

General and Operations Managers

Ranked #2 Best Job of the future by Business Insider.

Projected new positions by 2024: 151,100

Median annual wages in 2015: $46.99 hourly, $97,730 annual

What they do: Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of organizations

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Job description, duties, activities, skills, abilities & knowledge of General & Operations Managersfrom Career Planner
Summary of General and Operations Managers – from O*NET OnLine

Chief Investment Officer

Ranked as the #1 job Best Paying Job for College Business Majors in 2016

Median Mid-Career Pay: $186,000

Common Major: Finance

% Workers With Major: 44%

For more information on the specifics of being a Chief Investment Officer, check out the following articles:

Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Salary
How to become a CIO – The career path to a Chief Information Officer job
CIO Career Path | Training, Jobs, Salary & Education Requirements

#CareerConnection – is this YOU??


A pipefitter is a tradesperson who installs, assembles, fabricates, maintains and repairs mechanical piping systems. Pipefitters usually begin as helpers or apprentices. Journeyman pipefitters deal with industrial/commercial/marine piping and heating/cooling systems.

Pipefitter Salary

Pipefitters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $24.67 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half.

Related articles to explore the career of pipefitting::
6 Reasons to Consider a Pipefitting Career
Become a Pipefitter: Education and Career Roadmap

Graphic Design

What Graphic Designers Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Work Environment

Many of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations, and related services industries. In 2014, about 1 in 5 graphic designers were self-employed.

How to Become a Graphic Designer

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.


The median annual wage for graphic designers was $46,900 in May 2015.

Job Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions.

Dental Hygienist

Job Description

A career as a dental hygienist offers a wide range of challenges. In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. Since each state has its own specific regulations regarding their responsibilities, the range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state. Some of the services provided by dental hygienists may include:

  • patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
  • (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • making impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • performing documentation and office management activities

Career Advantages

Dental hygiene offers the following challenges and rewards:

Personal satisfaction: One of the most enjoyable aspects of a career in dental hygiene is working with people. Personal fulfillment comes from providing a valuable health care service while establishing trusting relationships with patients.

Prestige: As a result of their education and clinical training in a highly skilled discipline, dental hygienists are respected as valued members of the oral health care team.

Variety: Dental hygienists use a variety of interpersonal and clinical skills to meet the oral health needs of many different patients each day. Hygienists have opportunities to help special population groups such as children, the elderly and the disabled. They may also provide oral health instruction in primary and secondary schools and other settings.

Creativity: Because dental hygienists interact with such diverse population groups, they must be creative in their approach to patient management and oral health education.

Flexibility: The flexibility offered by full- and part-time employment options and availability of evening and weekend hours enable dental hygienists to balance their career and lifestyle needs. Hygienists also have opportunities to work in a wide variety of settings including private dental practices, educational and community institutions, research teams and dental corporations.

Security: The services that dental hygienists provide are needed and valued by a large percentage of the population. There is currently a great demand for dental hygienists. Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the future. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, the expanding older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. With the emphasis on preventive care, dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.


Hygienists are in demand in general dental practices and in specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatric dentistry. They also may be employed to provide dental hygiene services for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and public health clinics.

Depending upon the level of education and experience achieved, dental hygienists can apply their skills and knowledge to other career activities such as teaching hygiene students in dental schools and dental hygiene education programs. Research, office management and business administration are other career options. Employment opportunities also may be available with companies that market dental-related materials and equipment.

Quick Facts: Dental Hygienists

2015 Median Pay $72,330 per year
$34.77 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 200,500
Job Outlook, 2014-24 19% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 37,400

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Dental Hygiene Programs

Forensic Science

Major: Forensic Science

“DNA test confirms suspect’s innocence.” Does that sentence make you sit up and take notice? Have you ever wondered how tire marks can prove the cause of an accident? If so, you may want to consider majoring in forensic science. You’ll learn how to collect evidence at the scene of the crime and how to test it in the lab. You’ll also learn how to write  reports, interview witnesses, and prepare for trial.

With today’s advanced technology, forensic scientists are solving more crimes than ever before — and that’s just one reason why the field is growing.

Forensic science majors study science and criminal justice. They learn how to analyze blood, DNA, and other evidence and to use it in a court of law.

“TV shows can give the impression that one person does it all … but most forensic science takes place in the field or in the lab, as one part of an investigatory team process.”Frank Vozzo, Associate Professor of Forensic Science, Russell Sage College for Women

Are You Ready To…?

  • Stay on top of cutting-edge technology
  • Use science to study physical evidence, such as blood
  • Spend long hours in the lab
  • Possibly choose a specialization — most likely forensic chemistry or forensic biology
  • Take as many science courses as a premed student

It Helps To Be…

An ace in the lab, a keen observer, and a real sleuth. You also need to be good at math and writing and pay close attention to details.

College Checklist

  • Is the college strong in the sciences?
  • Does the program offer courses in your area of interest?
  • Are labs equipped with the latest?
  • Will you receive hands-on training in using the instruments of forensic science?
  • Will the school help you find internships in crime labs and other places where the action is?

Did You Know?

Some forensic science majors specialize in anthropology, learning to analyze skeletons.

Course Spotlight

When you study forensic chemistry, you’ll explore the role of chemistry in solving crimes. You’ll step into the lab to practice the tests that answer a variety of questions: Does the DNA sample match the suspect’s? Is that da Vinci a forgery? What kind of paint is on the carpet? Is that white powder cocaine? How much alcohol was in the suspect’s blood? You might also learn about the chemistry of crimes that don’t make it into TV cop shows, such as illegal polluting.

You can receive certification of completing a strong program in forensic science integrated into your Bachelor of Science degree in one of the following majors:

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Environmental Science.
  • Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Microbiology.

What do you do as a forensic scientist?

A forensic science technician is someone who helps investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Most technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis. Crime scene investigators may work long hours under distressing conditions.
What Do Forensic Scientists Do?
Overview of Forensic Science Degrees

Interior Designer



On a basic level, interior designers design and create living and working spaces for a variety of clients, either as freelancers or as part of a design firm. Designers often specialize in a particular area, such as green spaces, home design or corporate workspaces. Anyone considering interior design as a profession will have numerous questions, including: Is a degree in design necessary to break in? Will I have to work for an agency or can I strike out on my own? Should I specialize in a specific area of design?


Becoming a professional interior designer takes more than creativity. A successful career also requires formal education and training, discipline, determination and strong business and marketing skills. Each level of an academic degree opens new and different doors to aspiring designers and this guide provides aspiring interior designers with pertinent information.

How To Become An Interior Designer

10 Things You Should Know About Becoming an Interior Designer
How to Get Started in a Career in Interior Design
Interior Design Requires a Talent in Both Art & Business