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Cape Fear Community College A-Z

Credentials Key:
AA = Associate in Arts AS = Associate in Science AAS = Associate in Applied Science
AGE = Associate in General Education AFA = Associate in Fine Arts CE= Continuing Education
D = Diploma C = Certificate


Area of Study Credentials offered Prepares you for *Salary
Median/ Range
Accounting AAS, D, C Careers that entail analyzing, processing, and communicating information about financial operations; workplaces include accounting firms, businesses, banks, hospitals, school systems, and government agencies. $27,750 – $44,070
Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration D, C Employment as a technician trained to design, install, and service air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment; work with residential and light commercial systems, including start-up and preventive maintenance. $34,120 – $56,300
Architectural Technology AAS Positions that involve the preparation of construction documents, including environmental and structural systems, materials and methods, and building codes; employment in the architectural, engineering, and construction professions. $38,950 – $59,880
Associate in Arts AA Transfer Degree Transfer to a senior institution; Completion of course work is equivalent to the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree; awarded upon successful completion of 64 hours, including the minimum required in specific curriculums. N/A
Associate in Fine Arts AFA Transfer Degree Transfer to a senior institution; Completion of course work is equivalent to the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree; awarded upon successful completion of 64 hours, including the minimum required in specific curriculums. N/A
Associate in General Education AGE General education with emphasis on intellectual growth and personal enrichment; can be tailored to student interests rather than to specific technical or professional requirements. N/A
Associate in Science AS Transfer Degree Transfer to a senior institution; Completion of course work is equivalent to the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree; awarded upon successful completion of 64 hours, including the minimum required in specific curriculums. N/A
Automotive Systems Technology AAS, C Employment as an automotive services technician; workplaces include car dealerships, repair shops, and other automotive service organizations; eligibility to take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exam. $27,150 – $48,230
Baking and Pastry Arts AAS Graduates should qualify for entry-level positions as a bakery assistant, area pastry chef and assistant pastry chef. American Culinary Federation certification will also be available to graduates. $18,720 –  $27,040
Barber Training CE Jobs are available as professional barbers in barber shops or related businesses. Graduates are eligible to take state exam to earn apprentice license. $17,110 – $43,420
Basic Law Enforcement Training C Employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. $34,410 – $56,360
Business Administration AAS, C Professions in a wide range of business settings involving marketing, sales, customer service, finance, human resources, and/or business management in small, medium, and large organizations. $39,901 – $79,344
Boat Building (Wooden) D, C Employment in a variety of jobs related to custom boat building, boat repair and restoration. Graduates also find work in cabinet-making and other wood-working and carpentry industries. $35,000 – $45,000
Boat Manufacture and Service (Fiberglass) D Employment in industries related to fiberglass boat building, boat repair and restoration industries. Graduates also find work in boat repair shops that provide services in marine electrical systems, plumbing systems, engine installation and rigging. $35,000 – $45,000
Cardiovascular Sonography D Upon passing the required certification exams after completing the program, Graduates will qualify to work as a cardiovascular sonographer in medical centers, hospitals, doctor’s offices and other health care settings. $43,000 – $67,000
Carpentry(Residential Construction) D, C Jobs in the residential construction industry in a wide range of positions. $24,880 – $72,580
Chemical Technology AAS Employment as entry-level chemical laboratory technicians or chemists in laboratories associated with chemical production, environmental concerns, pharmaceuticals, or general analysis. $32,940 – $56,720
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology (Autobody repair) D, C Graduates of the program should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in the automotive body repair and refinishing industry. Graduates may find employment with franchised, independent garages, or may become self-employed. $22,530 – $65,390
Computer Technology Integration AAS, D, C Jobs consisting of installing, servicing, and maintaining computers, peripherals, networks, and computer-controlled equipment; specialties include electronics technology, computer networks, server maintenance, and programming; graduates may qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks. $26,600 – $70,800
Computer Integrated Machining (Machining Technology) AAS, C Employment opportunities for machining technicians exist in commercial manufacturing industries, public institutions, government agencies and in a wide range of specialty machining job shops. $37,490 – $43,580
Community Spanish Interpreter AAS, C Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs as paraprofessional bilingual employees in education systems, health care settings, or a variety of community settings. Individuals may choose from part-time, full-time or self-employment /free-lance positions, or apply language skills to other human service related areas. $37,300 – $51,650
Construction Management Technology AAS, C Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs in the construction management field. Such positions may include project manager, superintendent, estimator, or foreman. $31,970 – $92,350
Cosmetology D, C Careers in cosmetology, providing professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, and nail care in salons and spas; graduates qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts exam. $24,060 – $47,909
Criminal Justice Technology AAS, C Professions in law enforcement, corrections, and security fields; positions include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. $32,508 – $56,319
Culinary Arts AAS, C Employment as a trained professional in food service; entry-level positions with potential advancement to sous-chef, executive chef, or food service manager in restaurants, hotels, resorts, and catering companies, or business owner; American Culinary Federation certification is available to graduates. $31,360 – $58,480
Dental Assisting D Career classification as a DA II by the NC State Board of Dental Examiners, eligibility to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA); employment in dental offices, public health dental clinics, and dental school settings. $29,226 – $42,328
Dental Hygiene AAS Professions involving the assessment, planning, and implementation of dental hygiene for individuals; eligibility to take the state/regional and national examinations for licensure; workplaces include dental offices, clinics, public health agencies, industry, and professional education. $50,713 – $69,413
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology (Marine Diesel Mechanics) AAS, D, C Graduates are hired as service technicians to repair, maintain and install a variety of large diesel engines used in marine and industrial equipment and may be employed in marinas, shipyards, industrial and trucking industries. $26,215 – $43,160
Early Childhood Education AAS, D, C Professions working with children in learning environments including family child care homes, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start programs, child development programs, and programs for school-aged children. $20,300 – $45,300
Electrical Systems Technology AAS, D, C Positions in the electrical/electronics profession, assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic systems; work in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. $33,363 – $52,146
Electronics Engineering Technology AAS, C Occupations designing, building, installing, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing electronic components and systems; positions include electronics engineering technician, field service technician, maintenance technician, or production control technician. $32,500 – $78,600
Emergency Medical Services AAS After passing the required certification exams, graduates will be qualified to work as emergency response personnel in a variety of settings, including rescue agencies, fire departments, hospitals, educational institutions and medical centers. $28,000 – $38,000
Esthetics Instructor C Graduates will qualify to teach esthetics in an educational setting. $17,000 – $42,000
Esthetics Technology C Performing skin care, makeup application, scientific manipulations, and electrical applications; work environments include day spas, salons, medical practices, cruise ships and destination resorts. $24,300 – $36,000
Film and Video Production Technology AAS, D, C Graduates find work in a wide variety of positions in the film and video production industry. Employers include video production companies, feature film and TV production crews, and other independent production studios. $34,580 – $46,480
Fire Protection Technology AAS, C Careers in fire protection and safety, with governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, and municipal fire departments. Program also serves as a basis for continued education toward management positions. $30,000 – $40,000
Healthcare Business Informatics AAS Graduates find jobs working as computer network technicians in a variety of healthcare facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medical centers. $34,745 – $90,832
Hospitality Management AAS, C Careers in the food and lodging industry including front office, reservations, housekeeping, purchasing, dining room, and marketing; entry-level, supervisory and managerial employment in hotels, motels, resorts, inns, restaurants, and clubs. $28,640 – $51,030
Industrial Systems Technology AAS, D, C Graduates are hired as industrial mechanics to service, troubleshoot, repair, or install equipment and maintain facilities for a wide range of industries. $30,850 -$70,800
Interpreter Education AAS The program prepares graduates to work as entry-level sign language interpreters and also upgrade skills for professional interpreters working in the field. $33,280 – $49,920
Interior Design AAS Careers in commercial and residential interior design, set design, and/or showroom design, with training in professional practices, aesthetic principles, computer-aided design, color theory, and business practices. $34,910 – $66,330
Landscape Gardening AAS, C Graduates will be prepared for employment in horticulture-related jobs in landscape development and maintenance for residential and commercial settings. $23,520 – $43,110
Manicuring CE Jobs in manicuring are available in commercial hair and nail salons or independent practice. $16,650 – $29,560
Marine Technology AAS Graduates find work as scientific technicians in a wide variety of marine-related industries. Recent employers include offshore seismic research companies, waterway management firms, and government and environmental agencies. $45,000 – $70,000
Mechanical Engineering Technology** AAS, D, C Employment as a mechanical technician, assisting in the design, development, testing, and repair of mechanical equipment for manufacturing, fabrication, research and development; careers involving skills to design, invent, and troubleshoot products. $31,978 – $71,482
Mechatronics Technology AAS Graduates will be qualified to work as mechatronics technicians that install, maintain and repair automated mechanical systems and equipment in a wide variety of industries. $37,024- $83,111
Medical Office Administration AAS Medical administrative support positions including medical records clerk, insurance specialist, patient services representative, and transcriptionist; workplaces include healthcare facilities, insurance billing offices, labs, and manufacturers of medical equipment. $25,000 – $36,400
Medical Sonography (Ultrasound Technology) AAS Employment as a medical sonographer, using high frequency sound waves to produce high quality images of internal body structures for physicians to make diagnoses. $39,000- $67,000
Nuclear Technology AAS, C Employment as an entry-level nuclear reactor service technician, assisting electric utility technical staff at nuclear power stations in performing mechanical, electrical, and electronic services during plant maintenance and refueling outages. $35,000 – $62,000
Nursing, Associate Degree AAS A career as a registered nurse upon successful completion of licensure exam; workplaces include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and community agencies. $53,670 – $78,700
Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing Refresher C Graduates will be prepared to practice the art of nursing under the direction of a qualified health professional. The practical nurse is a valuable member of the health care team who is active in the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and care of the sick. $34,990 – $48,380
Nursing, Nurse Aide Education CE Nurse Aides find jobs providing basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. $20,940 – $29,450
Nursing, Practical Nursing D Graduates will be prepared to practice the art of nursing under the direction of a qualified health professional. The practical nurse is a valuable member of the health care team who is active in the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and care of the sick. $34,990 – $48,380
Nursing, RIBN Bachelor of Science Program AAS/BS Wilmington RIBN is a partnership between Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Each Fall a cohort of 10 students are dually enrolled in CFCC and UNCW. Students complete the first three years at CFCC with general study courses the first year and then nursing courses the second and third years. Students will be enrolled in a UNCW online course per semester. Students will receive their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at the end of the third year.  After passing the NCLEX-RN students will be eligible to practice as a RN and matriculate into the fourth year of the program. The fourth year will be completed online at UNCW.  To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), students will complete coursework in gerontological and community health nursing, as well as evidenced-based practice and leadership development.  Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. $53,670 – $78,700
Nursing Transition Program AAS The Nursing Transition Program provides the Licensed Practical Nurse the opportunity to continue to study to become a Registered Nurse by enrolling in the Associate Degree Nursing Transition Program. N/A
Occupational Therapy Assisting AAS Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. $42,580 – $64,080
Paralegal Technology AAS, D, C The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks, and assisting with substantive legal work. $36,460 – $60,340
Pharmacy Technology AAS, D Exam to become Certified Pharmacy Technician; Position as a validating technician or pharmacy technician who supports licensed pharmacists; work in hospitals, community and specialty pharmacies, including those for long-term care, medical clinics, home infusion and IV therapy, medication therapy management and investigational drug research. $24,320 – $35,810
Phlebotomy C Careers in the field of phlebotomy, obtaining and transporting blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis; eligibility for national certification as a phlebotomy technician; work in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other health care settings $25,110 – $35,920
Plumbing D Jobs assisting with the installation and repair of plumbing systems in residential and small commercial buildings; employment with maintenance companies, plumbing contractors, and parts suppliers. $26,095 – $42,393
Radiography AAS Employment as a health care professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body; work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, or industrial settings; eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national exam for certification. $43,649 – $63,610
Real Estate C Graduates who have passed the real estate license examination and obtained a real estate provisional broker license should then qualify for removal of the provisional status and be able to provide basic, residential real estate services as a broker affiliated with a real estate brokerage firm. $27,470 – $63,300
Surgical Technology AAS Employment as a skilled member of a surgical team; job opportunities in labor and delivery, emergency, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units, and physicians’ offices. $34,925 – $50,100
Sustainability Technologies AAS, C The Sustainability Technologies program offers a wide range of training in the fields of Sustainability, Building Technology and Renewable Energy.  Course content includes business sustainability, energy management, energy auditing, construction, green building, building science, energy modeling, environmental technology, environmental law, solar PV and thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, and safety. $32,460 – $52,610
Truck Driver Training C Graduates will be qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License and employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers. $30,910 – $47,540
Welding Technology D, C Jobs in the welding and metalworking industry; employment as an entry-level technician in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, and quality control environments. $31,904 – $45,897

 *Salary information based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, using the 25% – 75% range of median salaries listed. Data was also used from,, along with local employer information. Salaries will vary based on experience, education, and location.

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