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Medical Careers

Dentist

What do they do?

  • Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with medical programs such as the Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare
  • High school: Coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology
  • Educational requirement: no fewer than 60 semester hours of pre-professional education, including courses in general biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, or zoology
  • At least four academic years of dental education culminating in a degree, diploma or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located
  • Complete a Specialty Clinical Dental Residency Program or General Dentistry Residency Program
  • Apply for licensure

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Pharmacist

What do they do?

  • Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with medical programs such as H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School
  • High school: Coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology
  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy
  • Examination requirement: North American pharmacist licensing exam and multistate pharmacy jurisprudence exam

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Physician

What do they do?

  • Physicians diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school that provides programs in the medical field such as Clara Barton High School
  • High school: Coursework in science, such as biology or chemistry, and mathematics, such as algebra or geometry
  • Completion of a medical program registered by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED)
  • Clinical clerkships (clinical rotations)

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Physician’s Assistant/Nurse Practitioner

What do they do?

  • Physician assistants or nurse practitioners, also known as PAs or NPs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other health care workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with medical programs such as New Utrecht High School
  • High school: Coursework in biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics
  • Completion of a program for the training of physician assistants that has been approved by New York State Department of Education  (NYSED), as well as 32 semester hours of classroom work

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Registered Nurse

What do they do?

  • 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

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with medical programs such John Dewey High School or World Academy for Total Community Health High School
  • High school: Coursework in algebra and geometry, biology, chemistry, computer science, and physics
  • Receive a minimum of a two-year degree or diploma from a program in general professional nursing
  • Complete the National Council License Examination

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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

Science Careers

Biological Technician

What do they do?

  • Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments such as blood, food, or bacteria cultures for laboratory analysis

What education do I need?

Top Employers

  • Colleges/universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies

Chemists and Material Scientists

What do they do?

  • Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school that offers programs in chemistry and/or physics such as Brooklyn Preparatory or Midwood High School
  • High school: Coursework in science, particularly chemistry
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, engineering, or physics. Many research jobs also require a master’s degree or a doctorate.
  • Laboratory experience, either at a college or university, or through internships, fellowships, or work-study programs

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Technology Careers

Software developer

What do they do?

  • Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to complete specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the systems that operate devices or control networks

What education do I need?

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Web Developer

What do they do?

  • Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look and feel of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site

What education do I need?

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Engineering Careers

Civil Engineer

What do they do?

  • Civil engineers build, design, maintain, operate, and supervise construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including airports, bridges, buildings, dams, roads, systems for water supply and sewage treatment, and tunnels

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school that offer programs in engineering such as Automotive High School and the High School for Global Citizenship
  • High school: Coursework in algebra I, algebra II, geometry, probability and statistics, calculus I, and calculus II
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. A degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) is needed to earn the professional engineer (PE) license
  • Work under a professional engineer for at least four years
  • Pass two intensive competency exams and earn a professional engineer (PE) license from the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

 

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Mechanical Engineer

What do they do?

  • Mechanical engineers build, design, develop, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including engines, machines, and tools

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school with programs in engineering such as Automotive High School or It Takes a Village Academy
  • High school: Coursework in algebra I, algebra II, calculus I, calculus II, geometry, and probability and statistics
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. A degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) is needed to earn the professional engineer (PE) license
  • Work under a professional engineer for at least four years
  • Pass two intensive competency exams and earn a professional engineer (PE) license from the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

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Art Careers

Graphic Designer

What do they do?

  • Graphic designers create visual concepts using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that captivate, inform, and inspire consumers. They develop the layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, corporate reports, and magazines

What education do I need?

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Fashion Designer

What do they do?

  • Fashion designers create accessories, footwear, original clothing. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and provide instructions on how to make the products they designed

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools that specialize in design such as the High School of Fashion IndustriesArt and Design High School, or Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School
  • High school: Coursework in art and design and volunteer for school activities such as plays
  • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design or fashion merchandising
  • Fashion designers often gain their initial experience in the fashion industry through internships or by working as an assistant designer
  • Develop a designer’s portfolio

Top Employers

  • Fashion Marketing and Public Relations, Fashion Production and Management, Merchandising and Buying, GUILD, and Macy’s

 

Mathematics Careers

 

Mathematicians

What do they do?

  • Mathematicians conduct research to develop and understand mathematical principles. They also analyze data and apply mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems

What education do I need?

  • MISSING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • High school: Coursework in algebra, calculus, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry
  • Mathematicians typically need at least a master’s degree in mathematics. However, some positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree
  • Holders of bachelor’s degrees who meet state certification requirements may become middle school or high school mathematics teachers

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Statistician

What do they do?

  • Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to solve real-world problems in business, engineering, health care, and other fields.

What education do I need?

  • MISSING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • High school: Coursework in mathematics and statistics
  • Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or another quantitative field. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a doctorate

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Accountant/Auditor

What do they do?

  • Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently

What education do I need?

  • MISSING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • High school: Coursework in accounting, mathematics, and statistics
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, pass the Uniform CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Exam, and obtain a year of experience in the field
  • Complete a summer or part-time internship with a public accounting firm or business

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Vocational Careers

Electrician

What do they do?

  • Electricians install, maintain, and repair communications, control systems, electrical power, and lighting in businesses, homes, and factories

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school with relevant programs such as Transit Tech Career and Technical High School
  • High school: Coursework in electronics, mathematics, and science
  • Vocational programs related to basic electrical information, circuitry, and safety practices
  • Four- or five-year apprenticeship program (at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education). Basic qualifications for apprenticeship program include a minimum age of 18,a  high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) degree, one year of algebra, a qualifying score on an aptitude test, and pass the substance abuse screening

Top Employers

  • New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB)

Masonry Workers

What do they do?

  • Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and man-made and natural stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other masonry structures

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to a high school with vocational programs such as William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School
  • High school: Coursework in mathematics, mechanical and technical drawing, shop practices, and vocational education
  • Vocational programs in basic masonry
  • Three-to-four-year apprenticeship (at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education) Basic qualifications for apprenticeship program include a minimum age of 18,a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) degree, one year of algebra, a qualifying score on an aptitude test, and pass the substance abuse screening

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Pipefitter, Plumber, and Steamfitter

What do they do?

  • Pipefitters, plumbers, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases to, from, and within businesses, factories, and homes

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with vocational programs such as William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School
  • High school: Coursework in mathematics and sciences
  • Technical school
  • Four- or five-year apprenticeship program (at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education) Basic qualifications for apprenticeship program include a minimum age of 18,a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) degree, one year of algebra, a qualifying score on an aptitude test, and pass the substance abuse screening

Top Employers

  • New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB)

Other Career Options

Government Employee

What do they do?

  • Civil servants are employed in a government department or agency. They provide services such as electricity, public safety, and education to the public, and carry out the policies of the agency

What education do I need?

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Lawyer

What do they do?

  • Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes

What education do I need?

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Social Worker

What do they do?

  • Social workers are trained and experienced professionals who help people solve and deal with problems in their everyday lives

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools that provides programs involving public and community service such as the Academy of Urban Planning or High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow
  • High school: Coursework in the behavioral sciences, humanities, psychology, sociology, and social sciences
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work
  • Master’s degree in social work
  • To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker your education must include a master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.), three years post-M.S.W. supervised experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning, and file an application for licensure

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Teacher

What do they do?

  • Teachers provide education to students on a variety of topics and are employed in public/private schools, colleges, and universities

What education do I need?

  • Junior high school: Apply to high schools with relevant programs such as Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
  • High school: Take public speaking and education courses
  • College: Take courses in subjects relevant to what you want to teach
  • Earn a New York State Education Department (NYSED) teaching certificate, complete a teacher education program in a New York State college or university, or alternative program

Top Employer

  • New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE)