Career Paths

 

Photo of the career board located outside the high school counseling offices.

 

As students complete their high school scheduling, they should keep in mind their career interests and plan.  On the bulletin board outside the Counseling Office, we feature a different career cluster area each month.  Information on the career track is provided along with some suggested colleges and high school courses students should consider.  Check the board each month to see if there is a career field in which you may be interested. 

The following document also provides information on many careers that have been featured on the Counseling board. 

 

Finance

The Finance Cluster prepares learners for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management.
Jobs in the Finance sector require a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges, and career technical schools/ institutes.  Learners are prepared for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management.

Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

Pathways:
•    Accounting
•    Banking Services
•    Business Finance
•    Insurance
•    Securities and Investments

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Financial Literacy/Business Math
•    Microsoft Office
•    College Statistics
•    AP Statistics
•    Leadership and Responsibility
•    Other appropriate courses may be offered through the GCC/ACE program.  See your counselor for more information.

Area colleges offering programs in various finance majors include:
•    SUNY Geneseo
•    Genesee Community College
•    SUNY Brockport
•    Monroe Community College
•    Ithaca College
•    Buffalo State
•    Medaille College
•    St. John Fisher College
•    Rochester Institute of Technology
•    Many, many more!!!
 

Agriculture, Food & Natural Services

The Agriculture, Food and Services Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning, implementation, production, management, processing, and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services.

There are thousands of challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Learners need a solid background in math, science, communications and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges, apprenticeship programs, and career technical schools/institutes.

Pathways:
•    Agronomist
•    Aquaculturalist
•    Farmer
•    Agricultural Engineer
•    Agricultural Technician
•    Agricultural Educator

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Agricultural Science
•    The Science of Food
•    AP Math
•    Veterinarian Science
•    AP Science
•    BOCES Heavy Equipment
•    Leadership and Responsibility
•    Other appropriate courses may be offered through the GCC/ACE program.  See your counselor for more information.

Area colleges offering programs in various agriculture majors include:
•    Cornell University
•    Morrisville State College
•    SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology Cobleskill
•    SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
•    Niagara County Community College
•    SUNY College of  Environmental Science and Forestry
•    Many, many more!!!
 

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Cluster helps prepare students for careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and career technical schools/institutes.

Renewed national interest in public safety and security should help expand opportunities for employment in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Cluster. Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth attributable to the desire for increased corporate, industrial and homeland security. Also, a more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand.

Pathways:
•    Correction Services
•    Emergency and Fire Management Services
•    Law Enforcement Services
•    Legal Services
•    Security & Protection Services

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Workplace Internship
•    BOCES Security and Law Enforcement
•    College and AP Math
•    College Sociology
•    College Psychology
•    Forensic Science

Area colleges offering programs in various law enforcement majors include:
•    Alfred University
•    Genesee Community College
•    Canisius College
•    Elmira College
•    Finger Lakes Community College
•    Keuka College
•    SUNY Oswego
•    SUNY Cortland
•    Utica College
•    Many, many more!!!
 

Health Science

The Health Science cluster orients students to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. Work locations are varied and may be in hospitals, medical or dental offices or laboratories, cruise ships, medivac units, sports arenas, space centers, or within the community.

There are thousands of challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Health Science. Jobs in the Health Science Sector require a solid background in math, science, communications, and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges, apprenticeship programs, and career technical schools/institutes.

Health care is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States.  The health care industry employs over 10 million workers in more than 200 careers.  The current and projected health care workforce shortage is creating a health care crisis across the nation.  The explosion of technology in health care and an unprecedented aging population contribute to the national health care workforce shortage.

Pathways:
•    Nursing/Nurse’s Assistant
•    Medical Doctor/Surgeon
•    Medical Lab Technician
•    Psychiatrist
•    Pharmacy
•    Veterinarian
•    Veterinarian Technician
•    Optometrist/Optician
•    Dietitian
•    Biologist
•    Many more!

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Workplace Internship
•    Living Environment/College Biology/AP Biology
•    Chemistry/AP Chemistry
•    College Sociology
•    College Psychology
•    Health
•    Veterinarian Science
•    BOCES Health Occupations Technician
 

Area colleges offering programs in various health science majors include:
•    University of Rochester
•    University of Buffalo
•    Cornell University
•    Genesee Community College
•    Hobart and William Smith
•    SUNY Geneseo
•    SUNY Oswego
•    Rochester Institute of Technology
•    SUNY Brockport
•    And many, many more!!!

Architecture & Construction

The Architecture and Construction cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.

Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, apprenticeship programs and career technical schools/institutes.

They gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees and industry certifications that prepare learners for professional and technical careers. Apprenticeship programs prepare learners for journey-worker status.

Pathways:
•    Architect
•    Bricklayer/Stonemason
•    Carpenter
•    Civil Engineer
•    Electrician
•    Roofer
•    Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Tech
•    Heavy Equipment Operator
•    Plumber
•    Painter
•    Many more!

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Workplace Internship
•    Physics/AP Physics
•    Chemistry/AP Chemistry
•    CAD
•    CAD II
•    Mechanical Technology
•    BOCES Building Trades
•    BOCES Electricity
•    BOCES Heavy Equipment
•    Woodworking Technology

Area colleges offering programs in various architecture and construction majors include:
•    Utica College
•    Morrisville State
•    Alfred State
•    SUNY Delhi
•    Hobart and William Smith
•    SUNY Oswego
•    New York University
•    Rochester Institute of Technology
•    Syracuse University
•    And many, many more!!!

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

This Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster exposes students to careers and businesses involved in the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail and water.  It also includes related professional and technical support services such as infrastructure planning and management, logistic services, and the maintenance of mobile equipment and facilities.

Students begin preparing for a career in high school or middle school.  They excel in communications, math, science and technology.  Students participate in coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing, and internships.  If they choose, they may achieve valuable skill certifications while in high school that lead to employment. Colleges and universities offer advanced degrees and industry certifications that prepare students for entry-level, professional and technical careers.

Pathways:
•    Air Traffic Controller
•    Airport Ground Crew
•    Automobile Salesperson
•    Automotive Repair Technician
•    Civil Engineer
•    Diesel Technician
•    Flight Attendant
•    Pilot
•    Machinist
•    Train Operator
•    Truck Driver
•    Many more!

Recommended Albion High School courses:
In addition to the required courses, students should consider taking the following courses:
•    Workplace Internship
•    Physics/AP Physics
•    Earth Science
•    CAD
•    CAD II
•    Mechanical Technology
•    BOCES Auto Mechanics
•    BOCES Auto Body
•    BOCES Heavy Equipment
•    BOCES Electricity
•    Agricultural Engineering

Area colleges offering programs in various transportation, distribution and logistics majors include:
•    Jamestown Community College
•    SUNY Morrisville
•    Alfred State
•    Corning Community College
•    Niagara University
•    Erie Community College
•    SUNY Canton
•    Rochester Institute of Technology
•    Farmingdale State
•    And many, many more!!!


Go to www.careercruising.com for more information about any of the above careers.