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Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome to the fifth annual Worlds of Work Career Expo! On March 10-12, we anticipate more than 7,500 eighth grade students and high school juniors, from counties and cities across East Alabama, will attend this inspiring event which features hands-on, interactive activities from over 100 different career fields. The Worlds of Work (WOW) experience is a great opportunity for your student to take the first steps in planning for his or her future. There are many companies that offer very competitive wages but to be considered for those positions, the workforce must be educated and have the other necessary skills to qualify. In today’s market, fifty-seven percent of the jobs require an associate degree or advanced training. Through Worlds of Work, we want the students to be prepared to select the best education options for them. Whether your student plans on attending a two-year college, four-year college or technical training, they will get valuable information by attending WOW. Please take the time to explore the 10 pathways included in this booklet with your student. Each section lists possible jobs and careers within each professional field, the median expected salary, and the educational and training paths to follow. We are confident that this will be a rewarding and motivating experience for all our students and educators, as well as you, the parents. Also, please spend a few moments noting the many company participants, donors, school personnel and volunteers that helped make WOW a reality for your student. Countless hours of planning and preparation have gone into this event, so be sure to thank any of them you may know or encounter. We really appreciate their involvement! Special thanks to our organizing host East AlabamaWorks, our founding partner Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and to the City of Oxford Mayor, Council and Oxford Civic Center for serving as our venue host. The upcoming years are critical for you and your student. We wish you all the best as you guide him/her to a productive and enjoyable future as employees. Best Regards, Carol Kirk, Eastman 2020 Worlds of Work Chair

Kelley Pearce, Gadsden State Community College 2020 Worlds of Work Co-Chair


Table of Contents

Letter to Parents 3

Table of Contents 4 World Leaders and Commitee 5 Sponsors 7

Table of Contents




Agriculture and Natural Resources 12 - 13 Automotive and Manufacturing 14 - 15 Communications, Media, & Marketing 16 - 17 Construction 18 - 19 Education 20 - 21

Energy and Utilities Engineering Healthcare Public Safety Transportation

24 - 25 26 - 27 28 - 29 30 - 31 32 - 33

WOW 2020 Partners/Sponsors/Exhibitors


Map 22 - 23

WOW Photo Gallery 36 - 37 Career and Technical Education 38

Looking Ahead - Education Options and Partners



2020 Worlds of Work World Leaders Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jennifer Yates, Calhoun County Soil and Water District/ Choccolocco Creek Watershed Conservancy Jody Burgette, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Energy and Utilities Wayne Sisk, Spire John Smith, Spire


Steve Hildebrant, Alabama Power Company

Dave Hyatt, Transglobal Services Andy Robertson, Gadsden State Community College Audrey Webb, Alabama Community College System

Communications, Media, & Marketing


Jackie Edmondson, Gadsden State Community College Heather New, Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber Heather Rickles, Venture Marketing


Jay Grubbs, Ra-Lin & Associates Kristina Hanner, Ra-Lin & Associates Jessica McCauley, Webb Concrete & Building Materials


Donna Pritchett, Calhoun County Career Academy

Bridgette Magouirk, Regional Medical Center

Public Safety

Michael Barton, Calhoun County EMA Myles Chamblee, Calhoun County EMA David Randle, Calhoun County EMA


Jack Brim, B. R. Williams Trucking Company Aledia Combs, New Flyer of America Nikki Gay, Wellborn Cabinet Krislyn Hanvey, Wellborn Cabinet Stephan Stuelp, Gadsden State Community College Kristi Yates, B. R. Williams Trucking Company

2020 Worlds of Work Committee Event Chair

Carol Kirk, Eastman Kelley Pearce, Gadsden State Community College

Event Staff

Lisa Morales, East AlabamaWorks Carl Brady, East AlabamaWorks Abby Minter Howle, East AlabamaWorks


Ken Barrett, Washin Coin Laundry Gerry Lyons, Oxford Police Department Daniel Spencer, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Bryant Whaley, Randolph County EDA Jared Wilson, United Way of East Central Alabama

School Coordinators

Haley Brown, Career Coach Summer Collins, Etowah County CTE Center Robin Cottle, Career Coach Katie Davenport, Career Coach Gina Deupree, Career Coach Donna Pritchett, Calhoun County Career Academy Kelli Sanford, Career Coach Lyden Seals, Career Coach Cindy Turner, Career Coach Tommy Wood, Career Coach Jamal Woody, Career Coach

VIP Reception

Jennifer Green, Jacksonville State University

VIP and Hospitality Kae Bailey

Volunteer Recruitment

Jessica Brown, Gadsden State Community College Jessica Smith, United Way of East Central Alabama

Chamber of Commerce Liaisons

Thereasa Hulgan, Cherokee County Heather Brothers New, Gadsden/Etowah County Chad Robertson, Cleburne County Krychelle Smith, Calhoun County Laura Strickland, Sylacauga Dorothy Tidwell, Randolph County

Welcoming Committee

Kelley Pearce Lagina Filligin Jessica McCauley Leslie LaPlante Dana Davis Cindy Greer Jacki Lowry


Gerri Langley Tonya Douthit Michele Conger Pam Johnson Leigh Twigg Lorie Denton

Worlds of Work World Leaders and Committee

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Tips for your visit to

Worlds of Work

Represent your school well! • Introduce yourself • Shake hands firmly • Speak clearly • Ask questions • Listen • Smile • Stay on task • Say Thank You

What to Wear

• Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothes. • Bring a jacket since you will be outside for some of the Career Worlds • Sneakers or flat shoes

What Not to Wear

• Baggy or low-riding clothes • Any dangling jewelry

Career Interest Areas What are your top three career choices? 1.______________________________________________________ 2.______________________________________________________ 3.______________________________________________________ Now research each! • What do you like most about this career? • What would you find most challenging about the career? • What education/training is required? • What salary or pay rate can you expect for this job/career? • What can you do to prepare yourself NOW for this career? 10


Agriculture and Natural Resources • Do you like being outdoors?

What it takes:

• Do you enjoy working with tools and large equipment?

• Entrepreneurial spirit • Strong math and science skills • Working with natural resources, such as livestock, plants, and timber • Management ability and problem solving skills • Interest in seeing a product grow from start to finish

• Do you earn good grades in math and science?

Look around you...

You are surrounded by agriculture. From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the houses we live in, agriculture is all around us. Agriculture has a significant impact on Alabama’s economy, the health of its citizens, and the beauty of its landscapes. If you are interested in a career taking you outdoors, consider a career in agriculture.

Careers in Agriculture Occupation Education Required: Agricultural Engineer Bachelor’s Degree Agricultural Inspector Bachelor’s Degree Agricultural Lender Bachelor’s Degree Agricultural Sales OJT/Associate Degree/Bachelor’s Degree Agronomist Bachelor’s Degree Aquatic Biologist Bachelor’s Degree Conservation Biologist Bachelor’s Degree Extension Agent Bachelor’s Degree Farm Manager On-Job-Training (OJT) Fisheries Technician On-Job-Training (OJT) Forester Bachelor’s Degree Geologist/Hydrologist Bachelor’s Degree Hunting Guide Technical Training Logging Equipment Operator OJT/Technical Training Poultry Services Technician Bachelor’s Degree Veterinarian Doctor of Veterinary Medicine OJT = On-the-Job Training`


Salary Range $50,000 - $110,000 $30,000 - $70,000 $35,000 - $90,000 $27,000 - $67,000 $30,000 - $85,000 $33,000 - $84,000 $38,000 - $91,000 $35,000 - $65,000 $25,000 - $70,000 $20,000 - $40,000 $36,000 - $75,000 $40,000 - $100,000 $19,000 - $41,000 $20,000 - $40,000 $35,000 - $65,000 $40,000 - $130,000

Career Spotlight

Poultry Service Technician Poultry Service Technicians act as a liaison between a poultry company and the poultry growers. They work with the contract growers by monitoring poultry house conditions and providing recommendations on issues that can improve bird performance and reduce cost for the company and grower.

Poultry Service Technicians may gain their education through a four-year college or university; or minimum of one-year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

POULTRY SERVICE TECHNICIAN $35,000 - $65,000 Bachelor’s Degree Preferred

Agriculture Career Presenters

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Technicians monitor the husbandry practices of the growers and makes recommendations to growers to improve efficiency. They also track, record, and analyze bird performance and mortality rates, maintain feed tank inventories, schedule and train other employees.

Automotive and Manufacturing • Do you like working with machines?

What it takes: • • • •

• Do you want to see your work displayed in public?

Strong math and science skills Willingness to be productive Satisfaction in teamwork Mastery of complicated machinery and processes • Problem-solving skills

Look around you...

Making many products you see and use every day, manufacturing employees are in high demand in our region, state, country, and world. Careers in production, maintenance, welding, logistics, and engineering offer a wide range of opportunities at every level of education. Whether immediately following high school or upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, exciting manufacturing careers can provide competitive wages and considerable job security.

Careers in Automotive and Manufacturing Occupation Assembly and Production Worker Chemical Engineer CNC Operator and Programmer Civil Engineer Electrical Engineer Industrial Maintenance Electrician Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Industrial Maintenance Technician Machine Operator Machinist Materials Handler / Forklift Operator Mechanic Mechanical Engineer Process Control Operator Process Engineer Process Operator Production Coordinator Robotics Engineer Robotics Technician Team Manager Tool and Die Maker Training Manager Welder

Education Required Technical Training Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree/Certificate Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree Associate Degree Associate Degree Technical Training/Certificate Certificate/Associate Degree Technical Training/Certificate Technical Training/Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Certificate/Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Certificate/Associate Degree High School Diploma/Technical Training/OJT Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree Technical Training/Bachelor’s Degree Certificate/Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Technical Training/Certificate


Salary Range $25,000 - $58,000 $76,000 - $117,000 $36,000 - $55,400 $48,000 - $87,000 $59,000 - $108,000 $44,000 - $78,00 $48,000 - $69,000 $36,000 - $60,000 $28,000 - $43,000 $69,000 - $93,000 $20,000 - $35,000 $40,000 - $62,000 $65,000 - $100,000 $44,000 - $67,000 $53,000 - $81,000 $27,000 - $49,000 $35,000 - $63,000 $91,000 - $143,000 $53,370 - $80,730 $74,000 - $114,000 $49,000 - $72,000 $41,000 - $88,000 $33,000 - $48,000

Career Spotlight

Maintenance Technician

Automotive and Manufacturing Career Presenters

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Automotive and Manufacturing

The maintenance technician will use tools ranging from common hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches, to precision measuring instruments, computers, robots, and electrical testing devices. Most technicians will perform routine preventative maintenance to ensure machines run smoothly. Technicians will inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions. The maintenance technician will use tools ranging from common hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches, to precision measuring instruments, computers, robots, and electrical testing devices. Most technicians will perform routine preventative maintenance to ensure machines run smoothly. Technicians will inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions. The maintenance technician may also diagnose mechanical problems and determine corrections based on blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs.

Communications, Media & Marketing Look around you...

What it takes: • Excellent written and verbal skills • Self-Motivated • Creative • Detail Oriented • Ability to Multi-task • Technical Expertise • Satisfaction in Teamwork • Leadership Skills

There are many different professions and unique opportunities for those who pursue careers in Communications, Media and Marketing. From journalism to public relations to brand management to promotions and more, this professional sector is perfect for those who are creative, detail oriented, adaptable to changes in the market and strategic. The world of Communications, Media and Marketing is ever-evolving with the advancement in technology. Most recently, companies, nonprofit agencies and government agencies are employing communications professionals to successfully market their products and services online through digital advertising, websites and social media. They are hiring curious, innovative, insightful people – and they pay well to recruit and retain them.

Careers in Communications, Media & Marketing Occupation Social Media Specialist Public Relations Specialist Reporters & Correspondents Production Assistant Graphic Artist Video Editor Market Researcher

Education Required Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree High School Diploma Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree


Salary Range $33,000 - $54,000 $32,000 - $64,000 $28,000 - $71,000 $36,000 - $133,000 $25,000 - $57,000 $27,000 - $80,000 $37,000 - $78,000

Career Spotlight

Advertising Director

Advertising directors have a hand in influencing consumers on a daily basis through creative and innovative campaigns. According to a survey conducted by Clutch, advertisements influence 90 percent of consumers to make a purchase. Americans are exposed to up to 10,000 advertisements each day, and that number is rapidly growing with the increase of advertising channels and technology.

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising director positions. They should have impressive interpersonal skills and analytical skills as well as good communication skills, creativity, good decision-making skills and organizational skills. The salary pay range for an advertising director is from $81,000 to $111,000, largely because of the responsibility that comes with the position. The job can be demanding and tedious but an advertising director is rewarded every time they see the work and creativity of their team come to life.

Communications, Media, & Marketing Career Presenters

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Communications, Media & Marketing

Advertising directors develop and manage a company’s advertising strategy from a business, sales and technical perspective in order to create interest among potential buyers of a product or a service. The mediums in which they use to deliver advertisements include TV, print, billboards, radio or podcasts, online and social media.

Construction • Do you like building things? • Do you enjoy working with tools? • Do you enjoy being outside?

What it takes: • • • • • • •

Time Management Attention to detail Individual Accomplishment Safety Awareness Teamwork Desire/Patience Strong Math Skills

Look around you...

Construction professionals create virtually every structure you see around you, from parks to houses to skyscrapers. Construction is all around us and you may be wondering, “How do I get started?” There are many ways to get into the construction industry. Many high schools offer career technical programs with several different construction aspects. Post-secondary schools, such as Gadsden State Community College, offer certificate programs in Construction Sciences. Any of the above mentioned avenues are a great way to get started on your construction career. For more information, please visit www.gadsdenstate.edu or www.gobuildalabama.com.

Careers in Construction Occupation

Education Required

Salary Range

Management/ Office Quality Control Estimator Project Manager Job Site Superintendent Safety

Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree

$32,000 - $85,000 $35,000 - $80,000 $40,000 - $100,000+ $40,000 - $100,000+ $40,000 - $100,000+

Craftworkers Brickmason Carpenter Laborer Equipment Operator Drywall Finisher Electrician HVAC Mechanic Insulator Painter Pipefitter/Welder Plumber Roofer Sheet Metal Worker Ironworker

High School Diploma/Apprenticeship/OJT High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship High School Diploma/Apprenticeship

$25,000 $25,000 $20,000 $25,000 $25,000 $30,000 $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 $30,000 $30,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 -


$60,000 $70,000 $55,000 $80,000 $60,000 $80,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $80,000 $80,000 $40,000 $80,000 $80,000

Career Spotlight


Electricians offer services for residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Electricians install and repair electrical wiring systems. Electricians are needed in all aspects of the construction industry to help get electricity running for things such as lights, appliances, computers, and even cars and equipment. Electricians use a variety tools everyday; such as voltage testers, screwdrivers, wire strippers, and pliers to name a few. Electricians can receive an electrical certification through trade schools or vocational-technical training schools. Electricians can also earn an associate degree at a community college or a bachelor’s degree from a university or college.

Construction Career Presenters



Pantone 2935

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From work-while-you-learn apprenticeships to career-elevating college courses, there are hundreds of ways to start your construction career! To find training providers near you, visit www.gobuildalabama.com

Education What it takes: • Enthusiasm • Confidence • Clear Communication Skills • Adaptability • Creativity

• Do you enjoy working with children or young people? • Do you want to influence the future? • Do you desire to have a positive impact on lives? • Do you enjoy motivating people to greater success?

Look around you...

The challenges are exciting and the rewards are priceless. Few accomplishments in life can measure up to seeing a student’s face when they first realize they can read or solve a calculus problem. So, if you want to inspire and instruct the next generation of musicians, nurses, scientists, welders and more... choose teaching!

Careers in Education Occupation Education Administrator High School Teacher Middle School Teacher Elementary School Teacher Kindergarten Teacher Special Education Teacher Librarian Adult Education Teacher Pre-School Teacher Teacher Assistant Substitute Teacher

Education Required Master’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree High School Diploma High School Diploma


Salary Range $68,000 - $141,000 $43,000 - $58,000 $43,000 - $57,000 $43,000 - $57,000 $38,000 - $53,000 $43,000 - $59,000 $51,000 - $62,000 $23,000 - $47,000 $19,000 - $30,000 $17,000 - $23,000 $17,000 - $19,000

Career Spotlight

Math Teacher

Teachers who solely teach math subjects will most likely be found in middle schools and high schools. This is one teaching area in which all grade levels can be taught depending on the type of mathematics a person desires to teach. Teaching at higher levels in specific math types, such as algebra, geometry, or statistics, will most likely require certification in that subject. Teachers are required to teach both basic and upper level concepts in a manner that is age appropriate and clear for the group in which they are assigned. Math teachers need to teach, plan, test, assess, and encourage on the daily basis to help students succeed in the classroom and be ready for the workforce.


Education Career Presenters

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Energy and Utilities • Do you enjoy seeing completed work? • Do you enjoy working with your hands and tools?

What it takes: • Foundational skills in math and technical concepts • Satisfaction in teamwork • Self-motivation and attention to detail • Leadership skills and a desire for continuous improvement • Commitment to life-long learning

• Do you enjoy helping people?

Look around you...

Energy exists to help people. Without it, your morning would have been different with no alarm clock, hot water, stove or television. All these things depend on natural gas, electricity, or oil. Challenges are ahead in reliably providing energy to a growing world while minimizing the impact on the environment. Fresh water is one of our most vital resources and is basic to human health. We rely of public water systems to treat and deliver clean water to our homes, schools and businesses. Before it is delivered to us, it must go through a process to remove chemicals, particulates and bacteria. This clean, potable water is then used for cooking, drinking, cleaning, bathing, watering our lawns and so forth.

Careers in Energy and Utilities Occupation CAD Operator Chemical Engineer Civil Engineer Earth Driller Electrical Engineer Environmental Engineer Line Maintenance Maintenance Worker Mechanical Engineer Plant Operator Quality Control Research and Development Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Water Utility Service Worker

Education Required Technical Training Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree OJT/Technical Training Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree OJT/Technical Training OJT/Technical Training Bachelor’s Degree OJT/Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree preferred/Lab Experience Bachelor’s Degree Preferred/Research Experience Bachelor’s Degree OJT/Technical Training

OJT = On-the-Job Training


Salary Range $25,000 - $50,000 $76,000 - $117,000 $48,000 - $87,000 $30,000 - $54,000 $59,000 - $108,000 $55,000 - $105,000 $33,000 - $80,000 $27,000 - $70,000 $65,000 - $100,000 $30,000 - $75,000 $40,000 - $70,000 $50,000 - $80,000 $29,000 - $45,000 $22,000 - $36,000

Career Spotlight

Maintenance and Reliability Technician Maintenance and reliability technicians install, troubleshoot, and repair rotating equipment, electrical power systems, and performance and safety instrumented systems keeping plants online and running efficiently.

Energy and Utilities

Energy and Utilities Career Presenters

All careers represented in this expo require employees to be drug-free.


Engineering • Do you enjoy math and science?

What it takes:

• Do you like solving problems?

• Strong math, science, and communication skills • Focus and attention to detail • Organizational skills • Interest in problem-solving • Satisfaction in teamwork

• Do you enjoy designing and building things?

Look around you... Almost everything you see was created prior to construction through the expertise of engineers and designers. If you are interested in being part of designing a building, a ship, an airplane, or even an electronic device, consider a career in engineering or design.

Careers in Engineering Occupation

Education Required

Salary Range

Applied Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$61,000 - $89,000

Chemical Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$76,000 - $117,000

Civil Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$48,000 - $87,000

Computer Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$90,000 - $145,000


Associate Degree

$33,000 - $49,000

Electrical Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$59,000 - $108,000

Electrical Technologist

Associate’s Degree

$45,000 - $85,000

Environmental Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$55,000 - $105,000

Mechanical Engineer

Bachelor’s Degree

$65,000 - $100,000

Professional Surveyor

Bachelor’s Degree

$35,000 - $65,000

Survey Technician

OJT/Associate Degree

$24,000 - $40,000

OJT = On-the-Job Training


Career Spotlight

Electrical Engineer Electrical Engineers design and build a wide range of electronic devices. Some are smaller than a grain of sand - like a microchip - while others can span miles - like an interstate power grid. Electrical engineering students study math, physics, and computer programming for four years. Electrical Technology degrees can be completed in two years. Recently, Electrical Engineers and Technologists have been responsible for advances such as robotics, virtual reality, automated vehicles, smart phones, supercomputers, and high definition TVs. Electrical Engineers and Technologists are generally highly paid and are in high demand across the country.


Engineering Career Presenters

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Healthcare • Do you enjoy helping others?

What it takes:

• Is science one of your favorite subjects?

• Strong math, science, and computer skills • Attention to detail • Desire to help others • Satisfaction in teamwork

• Are you interested in how the human body works?

Look around you... Did you know that healthcare careers are not limited to doctors and nurses? Using science and problem-solving skills, people in healthcare create new medications, discover cures for diseases, comfort the sick, and operate high-tech tools for diagnosing and treating illness and injury. Whether taking care of patients or working behind the scenes, healthcare in Alabama has an opportunity for everyone.

Careers in Healthcare Occupation Biomed Electronics Technician Certified Nursing Aid (CNA) Dentist Dental Hygienist Lab Technician Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Medical Assistant Medical Coder Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Transcriptionist Paramedic Pharmacy Tech Pharmacist Physical Therapist Physician / Surgeon Radiology Technologist Registered Nurse (RN) Respiratory Therapist Surgical Technician Veterinarian X-Ray Technician

Education Required Associate Degree Technical Training Doctorate Associate Degree High School Diploma/Certificate Certificate Certificate Certificate Associate Degree Certificate/Associate Degree Certificate/Associate Degree Certificate Doctorate Doctorate Doctorate Associate Degree Associate Degree/Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree Associate Degree Doctorate Associate Degree

Salary Range $33,000 $52,000 $17,000 $27,000 $91,000 $250,000 $42,000 $53,000 $22,000 $44,000 $30,000 $40,000 $21,000 $25,000 $29,000 $35,000 $31,000 $47,000 $17,000 $31,000 $27,000 $42,000 $21,000 $29,000 $94,000 $122,000 $67,000 $102,000 $146,000 - $401,000 $36,000 $55,000 $44,000 $66,000 $34,000 $50,000 $27,000 $44,000 $52,000 - $158,000 $36,000 $55,000


Career Spotlight

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or health-related conditions limiting their ability to move and perform functional activities.


Healthcare Career Presenters

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Public Safety What it takes: • • • • •

Loyalty to country and community Sound moral principles Dependability and a positive attitude Physical fitness Willingness to work long and varied hours

• Are you an effective communicator? • Do you work well with others? • Do you have physical and mental stamina? • Do you have strong values?

Look around you... A career in public safety ensures our society will continue to function in a just and orderly manner. Police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers are career options available in our community through local branches of service. Military careers require some of the same personal and professional characteristics, but have a wider global impact.

Careers in Public Safety Occupation Corrections Officer Detective Emergency Dispatcher Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) FBI Agent Firefighter Forest Firefighter Military Enlisted Military Noncommissioned Officer Military Officer Patrol Officer Police Officer Security Guard Sheriff/Deputy

Education Required Salary Range High School Diploma $25,000 - $40,000 Associate Degree/Bachelor’s Degree $37,000 - $58,000 High School Diploma/OJT $20,000 - $40,000 Technical Training/Certificate $18,000 - $32,000 Bachelor’s Degree $50,000 - $140,000 High School Diploma/Technical Training $37,000 - $51,000 Technical Training/Associate Degree $37,000 - $51,000 High School Diploma/OJT $22,000 - $27,000 High School Diploma $27,000 - $45,000 Bachelor’s Degree $37,000 - $120,000 High School Diploma/Associate Degree $32,000 - $53,000 High School Diploma/Associate Degree $32,000 - $53,000 High School Diploma/Associate Degree $18,000 - $32,000 High School Diploma/Associate Degree $50,000 - $75,000

OJT = On-the-Job Training


Career Spotlight

Police Officer Police officers work in partnership with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent and reduce the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life for all citizens. Police officers use a wide range of technology to protect individuals, identify perpetrators, and ensure successful prosecution against those who break the law.

Public Safety

Public Safety Career Presenters


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Transportation Look around you... What it takes: • • • • • •

Time management skills Attention to detail Problem-solving ability Customer service Strong work ethic Good driving record

Careers in transportation are found in a variety of places. Everything we use is transported by roadway, railway, airway, or waterway. Within transportation, there are a variety of careers. The level of education required varies from high school graduate to a bachelor’s degree. After successfully completing high school, some students enter directly into the workforce. Some positions, such as a mechanic, may only require on-the-job or technical training. Other careers, such as maintenance director, recruiter, safety specialist, and marketing representative require an associate degree. A bachelor’s degree may be required for positions such as safety or account managers.

Careers in Transportation Occupation Automotive Mechanic Diesel Mechanic Dispatcher Fleet Manager Highway Construction Worker Logistics Coordinator Maintenance Director Maintenance Equipment Operator Mechanic Supervisor Recruiter Safety Specialist Safety Manager Sales Representative Shipping and Receiving Clerk Truck Driver Warehouse Supervisor

Education Required High School Diploma/Associate Degree High School Diploma/Associate Degree High School Diploma/Associate Degree High School Diploma/Associate Degree High School Diploma Certificate/Associate Degree/Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree Certificate/Associate Degree Associate Degree Associate Degree Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Associate Degree/Bachelor’s Degree High School Diploma/OJT CDL Class A License High School Diploma/Associate Degree

OJT = On-the-Job Training


Salary Range $27,000 - $43,000 $30,000 - $50,000 $35,000 - $55,000 $40,000 - $62,000 $22,000 - $30,000 $40,000 - $82,000 $35,000 - $70,000 $32,000 - $42,000 $44,000 - $59,000 $30,000 - $45,000 $40,000 - $72,000 $35,000 - $56,000 $19,000 - $28,000 $20,000 - $33,000 $20,000 - $125,000 $30,000 - $50,000

Career Spotlight

Diesel Mechanic Diesel mechanics work on anything powered with a diesel engine including trucks, heavy equipment, trains, and boats. A career in diesel mechanics may be right for you if you are mechanically inclined and enjoy working with tools and repairing machines. If you choose this career, you must be able to use pneumatic tools, welding and cutting equipment, and hand tools. Diesel mechanics must also have expert knowledge of brake systems, transmissions, electronic components, and computer processors specific to diesel powered vehicles. Because much of the training is on-the-job, you could enter directly into this career after completing high school. However, you will become more successful financially by completing a technical or community college training industry certification.


Transportation Career Presenters

All careers represented in this expo require employees to be drug-free.


Partners • Sponsors • Exhibitors

Partners • Sponsors • Exhibitors Ag Pro Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Alabama Community College System Alabama Concrete Industries Association Alabama Department of Rehab Services Alabama Destinations Career Academy Alabama Extension System Alabama Forestry Commission Alabama Green Industry Training Center Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) Alabama National Guard Alabama Poultry & Egg Association Alabama Power Company Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) Alabama School for the Blind Alabama School for the Deaf Alabama State Department of Education Alabama Technology Network (ATN) Alfa Farmers Anniston Army Depot Anniston City Schools Anniston Fire Department Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board Associated Builders and Contractors Attalla City Schools Auburn University Horticulture BB&T Bank Braces by Benton Bridgewater Interiors B. R. Williams Trucking Company Calhoun County 911 Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Calhoun County Conservation District Calhoun County EMA Calhoun County Schools Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Central Alabama Community College The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County CHEAHA Home School Cherokee County Schools Choccolocco Creek Watershed Alliance City of Heflin Industrial & Economic Development Board City of Oxford Clay County Schools Cleburne County Schools Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama Coosa Valley Medical Center Coosa Valley Youth Services Mayor Alton Craft Donoho School Eastman East AlabamaWorks Elbit Systems of America Elwood Staffing Company Episcopal Day School in Gadsden Etowah County Schools Faith Christian School Gadsden City Schools Gadsden Regional Medical Center Gadsden State Community College Go Build Alabama Andy Green Hale Building Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Hurst Construction


Ironworkers Local 92 Jacksonville Christian Academy Jacksonville City Schools Jacksonville Fire Department Jacksonville Health & Rehab Jacksonville State University JSU - School of Science - Department of Chemistry and Geosciences JSU - School of Health Professions and Wellness Department of Nursing/Respiratory Care Kronospan KTH - Leesburg Products Littleton Electric Service M&H Valve Tim & Laura McCartney New Leaf Marketing New Flyer of America Oxford City Schools Oxford Civic Center Oxford Department of Public Works Oxford EMS Oxford Fire Department Oxford Performing Arts Center Oxford Police Department Oxford Public Library Piedmont City Schools RMC Health System Ra-Lin & Associates Randolph County EDA Randolph County Schools Regions Bank Roanoke City Schools Sacred Heart School Spire Southland Machinery Southwire SteelFab Sunny King Automotive Group Southern Union State Community College Sparklight Sylacauga City Schools Talladega City Schools Talladega County Schools Thompson Tractor Company/CAT Transglobal Services Trinity Christian Academy Tyler Union USDA Venture Marketing Group Webb Concrete & Building Materials Wellborn Cabinet Westbrook Christian School WM Grocery


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Career and Technical Education

Haley Brown


Learning that works for Alabama CAREER and COLLEGE READY

Attalla Gadsden Gaston West End

Robin Cottle


Did you know that certified automotive technicians can make $100,000 per year, executive chefs can earn $84,000 annually, and some website designers earn $78,000 per year?

Clay County Randolph County Roanoke

Katie Davenport

Where do students learn the skills and gain the valuable hands-on experience required for


these and many other high-paying professions? The answer is simply, “in any of Alabama’s

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career and technical education programs.” In the coming years, the majority of jobs in the U.S. will require education beyond high school. Sixty-five percent of all jobs will require an associate degree or advanced technical training. Businesses and industries today need highly skilled employees who show up to work on time, dress appropriately, have excellent communication skills, and can perform in a team environment.

Gina Deupree

gdeupree@tcboe.org Munford Childersburg Lincoln Talladega City

Brooke Shepherd


In the latest State of the Workforce Report produced by The University of Alabama, the projected worker shortfall between 2010-2020 is projected to be approximately 114,000 workers. This shortfall means that your student has tremendous opportunities to obtain successful high paying employment. Making early preparations for education and career pathways is crucial. Beginning in ninth grade, students will develop a four-year plan based on their interests, strengths, and career goals.

Alabama School for the Blind Alabama School for the Deaf

Kelli Sanford

k.sanford@tcboe.org B.B. Comer Fayetteville Sylacauga Talladega County Winterboro

Lynden Seals

High school students often struggle to get the kind of experience required for many of today’s top career opportunities. This is why the primary focus of career and technical education is to work with local and international businesses in different career fields to ensure students are equipped with the skills needed for lifelong success. Today, students have opportunities to gain these skills through dual enrollment programs, internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. Through dual enrollment programs, eligible high school students may enroll in college to earn high school AND college credits! In fact, some students are receiving their high school diploma AND their associate degree simultaneously at no cost. Career Coaches are available in every high school to assist your student. These career professionals can assist with career exploration and assessment in addition to guidance regarding college and career choices. They can also help your student with dual enrollment and scholarship applications, college admissions, and financial aid applications. The Career Coaches conduct classroom presentations, coordinate job shadowing opportunities, and arrange for business and industry tours, and schedule guest speakers.

lcurry@cherokeek12.org Cedar Bluff Centre Gaylesville Sand Rock Spring Garden

Cindy Turner

cturner.av@ccboe.us Calhoun County Career Center Jacksonville Ohatchee Pleasant Valley White Plains

Tommy Wood

tommy.wood@cleburneschools.net Anniston Cleburne County Oxford Ranburne

Jamal Woody

jwoody.av@ccboe.us Alexandria Piedmont Saks Weaver Wellborn

Career Coaches can be contacted directly to help your student take advantage of the numerous opportunities available. You may also visit http://www.alcareertech.org/ workforce.html to learn more about technical training available to your high school student.


AS YOU START EXPLORING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, YOU’LL LEARN WHAT WORK EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, COURSES, AND DEGREES ARE NEEDED FOR EVERY JOB THAT INTERESTS YOU. High School Career and Technical Education Career and technical education is the foundation for the trend toward college- and career-ready education. Successful students in career and technical education have the skills to enter the workforce, enroll in training programs, or excel in a two- or four-year college program. For more information, visit www.alcareertech.org.

Apprenticeship Learn a craft or trade from a skilled craftsperson or master trade worker through supervised, full-time work that meets Alabama state standards. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll receive a nationally recognized certificate of completion.

Community College Affordable community colleges and technical colleges are located in every region of Alabama. Earn a technical certification or an associate degree to prepare you for immediate entry into your career or to launch you directly into a four-year college or university.

Four-Year College or University

Military Service All branches of the U.S. military provide skills training, financial aid for college, and career opportunities in return for three or more years of service. Some people choose the military as a long-term career, while others use it to prepare for college or a career in private industry or public service.

On-The-Job Training After earning a high school diploma, some graduates immediately start earning money as an entry-level employee. Through on-the-job training, they are able to learn new skills and gain valuable work experience.

Career Centers

Anniston Career Center Gadsden Career Center Talladega Career Center Roanoke Career Center

256.832.0147 256.546.4667 256.480.2109 334.863.8114


Thank You to Our Education Partners Alabama Department of Education, Career and Technical Education alcareertech.org Alabama Community College System accs.edu Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) aidt.edu Alabama Technology Network (ATN) atn.org Central Alabama Community College cacc.edu Gadsden State Community College gadsdenstate.edu Jacksonville State University jsu.edu Southern Union State Community College suscc.edu Talladega College talladega.edu


Looking Ahead

Alabama has many public and private colleges and universities. The Alabama Student Assistant Program, a statesupported and federally-funded grant program, helps support students who want to attend college in Alabama but need financial support. Nearly eighty Alabama schools participate in the program. For more information, visit https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/alabama-scholarships/ alabama-student-assistance-program.

Building better lives through education At Southwire, we believe education is the key to success. Through partnerships that encourage students to earn high school diplomas, explore engineering careers and study sustainable business, we help them build brighter futures. It’s another way we deliver power... responsibly.




March 10 - 12, 2020 Oxford Civic Center

Worlds of Work provides eighth graders and high school juniors in East Alabama with an opportunity to consider exciting careers through hands-on, interactive activities. Top employers will present these activities and answer students’ questions. Eighth graders will be able to make a more informed decision about the path they will take in high school. High school juniors will see what employers are looking for and help finalize their after graduation plans. Statistics show that this type of event may increase interest in career technical programs as much as thirty percent. We invite each of you to explore career options at Worlds of Work.


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