2 Year Degrees that Pay Well

2-year degrees and certificate programs

Maricopa Community Colleges

Great wages without experience.

Medical

Respiratory therapistsAvg $61,330 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care

See Degree

Occupational therapy assistants and aidesAvg-$59,200 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Safety and Health Technology

See Degree

Physical therapist assistants and aidesAvg $48,990 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Physical Therapist Assisting

See Degree

Nuclear TechniciansAvg $84,190 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nuclear Medicine Technology

See Degree

Phlebotomy Technician Avg $36,320 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Phlebotomy

See Certificate Program

NursingAvg $75,330 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing

See Degree

CNAAvg $30,830 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nurse Assisting

See Certificate Program

EMTAvg 36,650 per year

 Certificate: 16-week long training course qualifies you for state EMT-B certification

See Certificate Program

Radiology

Radiation TherapistsAvg $85,560 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, technicians, and vascular technologistsAvg $68,750 per year   

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

See Degree

Radiologic technologistsAvg $62,280 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Magnetic Resonance Imaging TechnologistAvg 63,710 per year

Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

See Certificate Program

Radiologic and MRI TechnologistsAvg $63,710 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology

See Degree

Dental

Dental hygienists Avg $76,220 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Hygiene

See Degree

Computers

Web developersAvg $73,760 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Web Design/Development

See Degree

Computer support specialistsAvg $54,760 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology (IT) program

See Degree

Mechanical

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and techniciansAvg 64,310 per year

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Aircraft Maintenance Technology

See Degree

Law

Paralegals and legal assistantsAvg 51,740 per year 

Degree: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal

See Degree

If you need help getting through any of these programs contact us.

Chris Payne, MS
Career Counselor
480-621-0051
chrisp@azcareerpathways.org

Phlebotomy

What does a phlebotomist do?

Typically, phlebotomists are responsible for:

Drawing blood and bandaging after blood is drawn

Measuring and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and oxygen levels

Maintaining patient records

Cleaning, preparing and sterilizing equipment

Sending blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing

Other duties include:

Making sure that all equipment is properly sanitized before it is used to collect blood.

Accurate labeling, proper storage and careful transport are also key responsibilities.

The phlebotomist also must observe strict safety protocols to avoid direct contact with the blood. Many infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, can be transmitted through blood contact. Even the slightest distraction can lead to a “needlestick” injury and possible infection.

How to become a Phlebotomist:

Step 1: Make a High School Diploma or its Equivalent

Step 2: Complete a NAACLS authorized Phlebotomy Training Program in Phoenix, Arizona

  • training program includes study in anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples and safety precautions.
  • Long term phlebotomy certification programs are performed at a college or a technical school and can vary from 3 to six month. Short term phlebotomy accreditation programs can range from 4 weeks to twelve weeks. Anything much shorter than a four-week course will not offer the correct education to go into the field.

Step 3: Get Phlebotomy Certification and Licensure in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phlebotomy accreditation can not be earned solely online. While you can complete 80% of the education book portion online, you can not get licensed and go into the phlebotomy field without getting the appropriate blood draws. Phlebotomy requires the medical professional to work straight with patients and perform venipunctures. You need to complete the laboratory part or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.
  • Phlebotomy certification can not be made online only. While you can finish 80% of the education book part online, you can not get licensed and get in the phlebotomy field without getting the proper blood draws. Phlebotomy needs the medical professional to work directly with clients and carry out venipunctures. You should complete the lab portion or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.

Phlebotomy certification needs prospects to have:

  • Graduated from an acceptable phlebotomy training program
  • Have completed at least 1,040 hours of phlebotomy work experience
  • Have successfully passed their  phlebotomy certification exam
  • Hospitals, Health Care Clinics, Laboratories, and Screening Centers usually prefer to work with phlebotomists who hold a national phlebotomy certification credential.

Prospective phlebotomists can search for employment at:

  • Hospitals  Acute-Care Facilities
  • Hospital-Based Clinics
  • Hospital-Based Emergency Centers
  • Health Department Clinics
  • Community Health Centers
  • School-Based Clinics
  • Prison Health Clinics
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Screening Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Insurance Companies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mobile Vans for Blood Donations
  • Free-Standing Surgical Centers
  • Laboratories
  • Lab Collection Sites
  • Drug Screening Agencies
  • Mobile Mammography Units

The typical pay for a qualified phlebotomy technician in 2018 was $34,480 annually with a competitive hourly wage of $16.58 per hour.

X-Ray Technician

How do I become an X-ray technician?

X-Ray Technician

Duties:

Involves using sophisticated imaging equipment to photograph parts of the human body.

Usually specialize in a particular examination technique

Assist oncology teams in delivering radiation therapy to cancer patients

Assisting physicians by producing images of diagnostic quality

Explaining the imaging process to patients

Positioning patients and equipment correctly

Adhering to the principles of radiation protection

Maintaining a working knowledge of equipment functionality

Processing images

Keeping patient records

Where do they work?

Hospitals

Physicians’ offices

Clinics

Diagnostic imaging centers

Temporary staffing agencies

Mobile units.

How much do they make?

Average salary for a radiologic technologist in Arizona

around $63,821 per year.

Where do you get training?

There are several places within Maricopa community colleges to learn this skill

Here is a list of the colleges and what they offer.

How to get certified:

You must attend a program accredited by Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) . 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

The Maricopa Community Colleges are certified.

Maricopa Community Colleges

After completing the course work, you are eligible to apply for admission to the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

How can we help?

If you are interested in this profession and need help, please contact us.

Arizona Career Pathways

Visit us at: Arizona Career Pathways.org

or call us at: 480-621-0051

References:

https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/radiologic-technologist

https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/entrepreneur/salary/arizona/

https://www.maricopa.edu/degrees-certificates/health-sciences/radiologic-technology-3582-aas

www.jrcert.org

What Nurses Do?

There are 3 types of nurses

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Programs can be 13 weeks to over 70 weeks depending on the program

Licensed Practical Nurse

No degree is required

Training in a State approved program is required

Must Pass the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

They report to RN’s

Jobs include:

taking vital signs, assisting with tests, administering medication filling out medical records, changing bandages and dressing wounds, help feeding patients keeping them hydrated and getting dressed

Where to take test in Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/education/arizona-nclex-pass-rates

Average annual salary of $46,360

Registered Nurse (RN)

Has completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – 2 years or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- 4 years

Registered Nurse

Must pass the NCLEX exam for RN’s

Jobs include:

Hospitals, Medical offices, and clinics assisting doctors and other nurses in providing critical care to patients. Complete physical exams and health histories. Make critical decisions regarding health. Promote good health through counseling and education. Administer medications. Coordinate care, with many health care professionals.

Where to take test in Arizona

https://www.azbn.gov/education/arizona-nclex-pass-rates

Where to apply for RN license

https://www.azbn.gov/licenses-and-certifications/apply-for-a-license

 Average salary for an RN    $52,080 – $77,460

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Has at least a master’s degree in nursing.

Fill roles of certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and certified nurse practitioner (CNP). These four roles are given the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Must Get licensing through the NCSBN.

Where to get information about licensing

https://www.ncsbn.org/aprn.htm

We at Arizona Career Pathways can help you.  We help students working on 2 year degrees and can help with additional fees not covered by financial aid.

 Contact us today to see if you qualify for our program.

Maricopa County only

www.azcareerpathways.org

1-480-621-0051

References:

All Nursing Schools

Nursing World

What is a CNA?

Have you ever thought about being a CNA?  Do you know what it takes to be one?

Here is some helpful information to help you.

Unlike other nursing positions, to be a CNA you don’t have to have a college degree.

What you do need is a certificate or diploma from a CNA program.

What CNA’S do:

provide direct patient care in nursing homes, hospital long-term care wards or community rehabilitation.

Duties:

take vital signs,

assist residents to move about the facility

helping them manage their meal trays

use bathroom facilities

turning bedridden patients

offering emotional support

taking blood pressure

putting on compression stockings

giving a partial bed bath.

Requirements

high school diploma or GED

Nursing Assistant training program

Programs are found at

Community colleges

Trade schools

Medical facilities

*Make sure your program is approved by the state’s nursing board and the National League for Nursing Accredited Commission (NLNAC).

Arizona Requirements

Certificate information

Requirements to be a CNA

Complete a board-approved program or apply for a waiver based on other healthcare training

An Arizona CNA must take the Certified Nursing Assistant Examination

A fingerprint-based background check will be required.

Wages for a CNA in Arizona is between $27K and $38K

References:

Registered Nursing.org

Nursing Licensure.org

Indeed.com

Salary.com

What does a Phlebotomist do?

Typically, phlebotomists are responsible for:

Drawing blood and bandaging after blood is drawn

Measuring and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and oxygen levels

Maintaining patient records

Cleaning, preparing and sterilizing equipment

Sending blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing

Other duties include:

Making sure that all equipment is properly sanitized before it is used to collect blood.

Accurate labeling, proper storage and careful transport are also key responsibilities.

The phlebotomist also must observe strict safety protocols to avoid direct contact with the blood. Many infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, can be transmitted through blood contact. Even the slightest distraction can lead to a “needlestick” injury and possible infection.

How to become a Phlebotomist:

Step 1: Make a High School Diploma or its Equivalent

Step 2: Complete a NAACLS authorized Phlebotomy Training Program in Phoenix, Arizona

  • training program includes study in anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage and handling of blood samples and safety precautions.
  • Long term phlebotomy certification programs are performed at a college or a technical school and can vary from 3 to six month. Short term phlebotomy accreditation programs can range from 4 weeks to twelve weeks. Anything much shorter than a four-week course will not offer the correct education to go into the field.

Step 3: Get Phlebotomy Certification and Licensure in Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phlebotomy accreditation can not be earned solely online. While you can complete 80% of the education book portion online, you can not get licensed and go into the phlebotomy field without getting the appropriate blood draws. Phlebotomy requires the medical professional to work straight with patients and perform venipunctures. You need to complete the laboratory part or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.
  • Phlebotomy certification can not be made online only. While you can finish 80% of the education book part online, you can not get licensed and get in the phlebotomy field without getting the proper blood draws. Phlebotomy needs the medical professional to work directly with clients and carry out venipunctures. You should complete the lab portion or phlebotomy externship to practice in the field.

Phlebotomy certification needs prospects to have:

  • Graduated from an acceptable phlebotomy training program
  • Have completed at least 1,040 hours of phlebotomy work experience
  • Have successfully passed their  phlebotomy certification exam
  • Hospitals, Health Care Clinics, Laboratories, and Screening Centers usually prefer to work with phlebotomists who hold a national phlebotomy certification credential.

Prospective phlebotomists can search for employment at:

  • Hospitals  Acute-Care Facilities
  • Hospital-Based Clinics
  • Hospital-Based Emergency Centers
  • Health Department Clinics
  • Community Health Centers
  • School-Based Clinics
  • Prison Health Clinics
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Screening Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Care Insurance Companies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Mobile Vans for Blood Donations
  • Free-Standing Surgical Centers
  • Laboratories
  • Lab Collection Sites
  • Drug Screening Agencies
  • Mobile Mammography Units

The typical pay for a qualified phlebotomy technician in 2018 was $34,480 annually with a competitive hourly wage of $16.58 per hour.

Places for Information:

Indeed Career Advice

What We Do

Our name is Arizona Career Pathways. We are a workforce development intermediary program that responds to the needs of workers and key employers

Our Mission: To demonstrate the substantial and economic benefits that are achieved through the investment in long term credential and degree attainment for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Arizona Career Pathways defines the needs, iden​tifies resources, and brokers relationships that impact the education and training of a quality workforce, regional economic sustainability, and business growth.

Arizona Career Pathways seeks to improve the quality of life, raise the standard of living, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale region.

Arizona Career Pathways provides case management and life skills coaching, financial assistance, peer mentoring, job placement assistance, and other valuable support services to ensure successful educational attainment and long-term career success.

Arizona Career Pathways proven program model provides our students with the support and motivation required for them to achieve the workforce skills and experience that will help them to develop occupational skills, degree and certificate attainment, and the confidence that will ensure their employability.

Comments from our students:

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10 Ways to Survive Quarantine

**Click on links t read articles**

1. Get up out of bed and get dressed.  stretching-75x

       Makes you more productive

       Decreases depression and anxiety

       How to get out of bed when you don’t want to 

2. Stick to a routineroutine

       A routine is critical for your mental health

       Reduce stress levels

       Helps you cope and survive change

3. If you are working or going to school from home

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Set ground rules

       Have a separate area to work and study.

4. Get out and get some exercise.

    (walking around the block or a building, hiking, jogging, bicycle)bicycle-161524_1280

        Helps Anxiety

        Helps depression

        Increases Concentration and Memory

        Why and how to do it

5. Do something creativearts-155495_1280

       (Art, crafts, sewing, needlepoint, woodworking, painting)

        Improves health

        Elevates mood, increases immune health

6. Learn something newreading-297450_640

       Fights boredom, increases brain power,

ability to adapt to change better

        Reduces stress, gain confidence

7. Turn off the Television and listen to musicMusic

        Benefits of music

        Reduces stress, lessons anxiety

         Improves cognition

8. Eat healthyhealthy food

        What you eat affects how you feel

        How junk food affects mental health

        Worst Foods

9. Read a book.

(Choose something fun or uplifting, makes you feel good.)girl-160170_1280

        Good for mental health

        Strengthens your brain, reduces stress

10. Be kind to yourself         

(no judgement if you have a bad day. Psychologically quarantine is hard)

         How to take care of yourself

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Our Favorite Things

We thought that since everyone is stuck at home, we would share some resources that can help with choosing a career, job training and how we can be effective at work.

First:

a book liked by our Executive Director Charlie Boyce.

The 9 Ways of Working by Michael J. Goldberg

https://www.amazon.com/Ways-Working-Enneagram-Strengths-Effectively/dp/1569246882

A book that I found truly helpful in understanding myself and others in the workplace.  It details nine different personality types and outlines their worldviews, communication styles and working styles – as well as their strengths and potential barriers to being effective at work. It definitely helped me to work better with others.

Second:

a website liked by our Director and Counselor Kerrie Walker

https://www.onetonline.org/

O*NET Online is an invaluable resource to gather information about careers and make a good decision about which career to pursue.

Third:

a mobile app liked by Counselor Chris Payne

Career One Stop Mobile

For Apple:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/careeronestop-mobile/id1015917558

For Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p7692FA&hl=en_US

This App has great work exploration videos, local training and jobs.

Responsibility

responsibility

 

No matter who we are or where we come from, we are responsible to become our best self.  That means that if we are not successful, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  However, it will still take a lot of hard work.  Learning new ways of doing things, changing the way we look at the world.  So, where to start?

1.  Decide What You Want to Do

Think about what you really want out of life.  Do you have dreams of what you want to be? Do you have any hobbies that you love?  What are your interests?  If you are interested in computers, nursing, medical or dental assisting, lab technician, biotechnology, dietitian, biology, robotics, telecommunications, and many others; you can find training and employment that will get you a good job.  The important part is deciding what you want and putting forth the effort.

2.  Set Goals

Once you decide what you want to do, set some goals.  Steps that will get you where you job goalswant to go.  First and most important goal is to make it to class.  Second is to make the effort to study and learn what you need to do to reach your ultimate goal.  You can also set goals or steps that you will take to reach the ultimate goal.  Sometimes steppingstones will help you get jobs that will pay bills while you are getting the education.  For example: Your ultimate goal might be Nursing.  You can get the training of a CNA so you will have a job in your field while you are studying to be a nurse.  The most important thing is to make a plan so you get what you want.

3.  Read Books or Watch Podcasts

There are plenty of books that can help you with all kinds of things.  Books about what has made others successful can help you to learn how to be successful too.  Books on goal setting, self-improvement, speaking to others, personal development, improving self books-500confidence and many others are out there to help you improve your life.  Getting books on audio can be very helpful.  You can download them and listen when driving to work or riding the bus.

Watching podcasts will also give you a lot of good information on how to improve your life.  For example, there are Ted Talks with all hotspot-4764531_1280kinds of information.  Also, YouTube videos can give you small doses of information that can help you.  Some of them are just a few minutes long.  You can listen when you are cooking dinner or riding the bus.

4.   Find Mentors

A mentor is someone who helps you get where you want to go.  While you are working to reach your goals, you will find people who are willing to help you achieve your goals.   They can give you ideas of how to get jobs, education and support you while you are working toward your goal. Many times, these people will become friends.  You can learn from their experiences and make networking connections through them that will help you achieve your goal.

5.  Get a Job that will Help you Reach the Ultimate Goal

When you first start out, you may have to start in fast food or working at a restaurant.  success-413093_1920However, you don’t have to be stuck there for very long.  Often you can get steppingstone  jobs that will give you experience in the field you want to go into.   You can work as a nursing assistant while you are going to school to get your nursing degree.  Do some deep thinking and figure out ways to get on the job experience for the job you ultimately want to get to.

6.  Schedule your Life so you Get Things Done

Setting up a schedule will help you reach your goal.  I don’t mean a daily schedule; I mean a job and education schedule so that you know where you are going and how you will get there.  Know how long classes will take and when you will be able to move onto the next thing.  Example:  Get a job waiting tables so that you can get the money to get an associate degree.  Then if you will go on for a bachelors and what you will do to reach that step.

reward7.  Reward Yourself for Achievements

Celebrate achievements.  Take yourself to dinner to celebrate when you achieve the first step  Example:  when you get your associates, when you get your CNA, when you finish your RN, when you complete your BSN.

8.  Re-evaluate When Necessary

It is important to re-evaluate your goal.  Make any changes you need to.  Sometimes when you get into something, you find you don’t really like it.  Re-evaluating your goals will help you find the job you like.  One thing to look at is whether or not you can still use your current knowledge and training to get you through to the next step or the next job.

9.  Never Give Up

Keep your end goal in mind to keep you working towards it.  Reaching smaller goals and being rewarded for them will help you keep going until you reach your end goal. I guarantee you will feel good at the end for accomplishing your goal.

10.  Show Up                                show up

The very most important thing is to show up and take control of your own life.  It doesn’t matter where you came from or what your parents did.  You can make your own decisions and reach your own accomplishments.  You must show up to register for classes.  You must show up to class.  You must show up for homework and completing assignments.  The results will be worth it in the end.

Books to read.

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/best-success-books-4154795

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-influential-business-books-you-need-read-successful.html

https://www.success.com/25-books-for-success/

 

https://www.developgoodhabits.com/success-books/

books on speaking

https://virtualspeech.com/blog/public-speaking-books

Speak With Confidence : Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire and Persuade 1st Edition

by Dianna Booher

Fearless Speaking: Beat Your Anxiety. Build Your Confidence. Change Your Life. Kindle Edition

by Gary Genard

https://tacticaltalks.com/blog/top-10-public-speaking-books/

 

https://positivepsychology.com/goal-setting-books/

 

The Alchemist- Author: by Paulo Coelho

The Magic of Thinking Big Written & Narrated by David J. Schwartz

Think and grow rich Written by Napoleon Hill

As a Man Thinketh  by James Allen

The Power of Positive Thinking  Author‎: ‎Norman Vincent Peale

Unlimited Power The New Science Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Robbins, Tony.

 

The Last Lecture: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

StrengthsFinder

Book by Donald O. Clifton and Marcus Buckingham

7 Habits of Highly Successful People- by Stephen R Covey

 

 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

How to Set Goals with Kaizen & Ikigai

By: Marcus Sullivan

Self- Discipline: 10 Day Self Discipline Blueprint to Achieve Your Goals, Become a Success and Develop a Mental Toughness Mindset

By: Callum Rawling

 

What the Most Successful People Do at Work

A Short Guide to Making Over Your Career

By: Laura Vanderkam

 

Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals

By: Susan B. Wilson, Michael S. Dobson