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Gold Collar

Are you interested in professional certificates at one of Kansas City’s community colleges or technical centers?  If so, a gold collar certificate or degree program may be for you.  Community colleges in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area offer programs that prepare students for jobs that pay $30-70k per year ($15-35 per hour), have high projected job growth, require a two-year degree or less for entry, require high-skill, and have strong local demand.

We encourage you to take a look at the list of selected gold collar jobs and the local colleges that prepare you for them included below.  If you’d like more information or help connecting to a community college or technical center, visit the WHS College & Career Center in room 125 or attend one of the following campus field trips:

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Details about these jobs can be found with the following career research tools:

Drafters and Engineering Technicians
(Architectural, Civil, Mechanical/Manufacturing, Computer/Electronics)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$59k median national wage / $58k median Missouri wageComputer Networking Specialists and System Administrators
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$74k median national wage / $67k median Missouri wage

Construction Managers
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$84k median national wage / $72k median Missouri wage

Electrical Powerline Installers and Repairers
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$64k median national wage / $70k median Missouri wage

Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety Technician
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$42k median national wage / $42k median Missouri wage

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$82 k median national wage / $82k median Missouri wage

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$44k median national wage / $46k median Missouri wage

Industrial Electrician
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$53k median national wage / $54k median Missouri wage

Industrial Machinery Mechanics
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$48k median national wage / $46k median Missouri wage

Machinists and CNC Programmers
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$36k median national wage / $35k median Missouri wage

Millwright
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$50k median national wage / $62k median Missouri wage

Solar Photovoltaic Installers and Technicians
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$40k median national wage / $38k median Missouri wage

Tractor-Trailer and Heavy Truck Drivers (CDL-A)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$38k median national wage / $38k median Missouri wage

Welders
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$35k median national wage / $33k median Missouri wage

 Information Security Analyst / Cyber Security Analyst
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$89k median national wage / $77k median Missouri wage

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Managers
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$66k median national wage / $63k median Missouri wage

Web Developer
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$63k median national wage / $54k median Missouri wage
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$37k median national wage / $36k median Missouri wage

Veterinary Technician
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$31k median national wage / $30k median Missouri wage

Dental Assistant
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$35k median national wage / $34k median Missouri wage

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$31k median national wage/ $32 k median Missouri wage

Graphic Designers
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$45k median national wage / $40k median Missouri wage

Licensed Practical Nurses
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$42k median national wage / $37k median Missouri wage

Medical Records and Health Information Technologies
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$35k median national wage / $35k median Missouri wage

Occupational Therapy Assistants
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$55k median national wage / $54k median Missouri wage

Radiologic Technologist and Technicians
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$41k median national wage / $37k median Missouri wage

Registered Nurses
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$66k median national wage / $57k median Missouri wage

Surgical Assistants and Technologists
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$43k median national wage / $40k median Missouri wage

Physical Therapy Assistants
20-29% projected growth (2012-2022)
$53k median national wage/ $51k median Missouri wage

Accountant
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$65k median national wage / $57k median Missouri wage

Computer Programmer
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$76k median national wage / $69k median Missouri wage

Database Administrator / Database Programmer
(available at MCC-BR, LV, MW, PV)
10-19% projected growth (2012-2022)
$79k median national wage / $77k median Missouri wage

Data collected from U.S. Department of Labor