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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is expected to grow 22 percent between 2008-18, much faster than the average expected growth for other occupations.

Accounting program details


The market for biotechnology technicians is rapidly expanding. Biotechnology is applied in all sectors of the medical, food, and agricultural industries. New York State has developed several biotechnology corridors and small business incubators in anticipation of rapid growth in these sectors. In the 12 county central NY regions there are 172 companies, employing over 6,000 persons in the biosciences with an average salary of $43,909, 30 percent higher than the regional average. Career opportunities exist as bench scientists, quality control/assurance technicians, and in areas related to clinical trials, diagnostics, and bioethics.

Biotechnology program details

Broadcast Production

As a student in the broadcast production program, you will be prepared for entry-level positions in broadcasting, corporate media, advertising agencies, sound studios, and cable television operations. Specific positions include camera operators, production assistants, technical directors, audio technicians, video editors, on-air talent, and web designers. In small studios found in industry, schools and cable systems, graduates may take on a role that encompasses many of these functions.

Broadcast Production program details

Business Administration

Graduates of our business programs qualify for positions in production planning, management, communication and support systems coordination, general contracting, retail sales, auditing, microcomputer administration, quality control, retirement and compensation analysis, and customer relations.

Graduates have been placed with many firms, including The CBORD Group, Inc., CFCU Community Credit Union, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, Elmira Savings and Loan, Alliance Bank of Cortland, Pall Trinity Micro Corp., Tompkins County Trust Company and other state and local employers.

Business Administration program details

Chemical Dependency Counseling

This program provides training for employment in human service and criminal justice agencies as case managers, case workers, social welfare examiners, youth and child care workers, and home visitors. Examples of employers of our graduates include: Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, Catholic Charities, Seven Valleys Council, Tully Hill CD Treatment Center, Veterans Administration Medical Hospital, the William George Agency, Dick VanDyke ATC, and Willard Drug Treatment Center.

Chemical Dependency Counseling program details

Communication and Media Arts

Graduates have gone directly to work for television and radio stations like Channel 34 in Binghamton and 870 WHCU in Ithaca. Specific positions include on-air reporters, producers, and assignment editors.

Communication and Media Arts program details

Computer Information Systems

Graduates have been placed in many firms including Borg-Warner Automotive, The CBORD Group, Inc., Cornell Federal Credit Union, Cornell University, Enlyten, Inc., Ithaca College, Marietta Corporation, Monarch Machine Tool Inc., Pall Trinity Micro Corporation, Precision Filters, Inc., Thomas Associates Architects, Engineers, PC, and Tompkins Cortland Community College.

These graduates are performing such tasks as network support, programming, web page design, database design, and user support.

Computer Information Systems program details

Computer Science

Although this program is designed as a transfer program, students may pursue employment in the field upon completion of the degree. Potential employment opportunities include entry-level programming, web design, system design, or computer support.

Computer Science program details

Computer Support Specialist

Graduates will be qualified for entry-level professional positions in computer maintenance and help-desk support. Many businesses and other organizations in our region have a current need for, or plan to add, computer support personnel to their staff. A needs assessment found that employers are having difficulty finding technically competent job applicants who have the written and oral skills needed to effectively communicate with and provide technical support to computer users.

Computer Support Specialist program details

Construction and Environmental Technology

Some of the firms/agencies that have hired construction technology graduates include Barden Homes, Crown Construction, Paul Yaman Associates, New York State Dept. of Transportation, and U.S. Geological Services.

Construction and Environmental Technology program details

Creative Writing

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of writers is expected to grow by eight percent from 2008 to 2018. In addition, the growth of web-based publications is increasing the demand for writers and editors.

The College’s creative writing students have earned recognition as distinguished poets, novelists, dramatists, and screenwriters. For example, a Tompkins Cortland screenwriter sold his feature screenplay to Universal Pictures.

Creative Writing program details

Criminal Justice

Recent graduates have been employed with Cortland City Police and Sheriff’s departments, Ithaca City Police, New York State Police, Tompkins and Tioga County Sheriff’s departments and Tompkins Cortland Community College Campus Police.

Criminal Justice program details

Digital Cinema

Industry jobs prospects such as computer specialists, multimedia artists and animators, film and video production crew and editors, and others skilled in digital filming, editing, and computer-generated imaging are in demand. Our program emphasizes cross-training in these areas, an understanding of transmedia approaches (photography, video, computer art, digital film, animation), and the development of artistic talent, writing ability, and technical skills. Furthermore, the program provides guidance for career and transfer exploration along with guidance in portfolio development.

Digital Cinema program details

Early Childhood

The early childhood degree program provides in-demand skills. Graduates of this program are trained for positions as teachers at a child care center or nursery school, family child care providers, Head Start teachers and family workers, and teacher’s assistants in special education or in an elementary school.

Early Childhood program details

Engineering Science

While the curriculum of this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the engineering science field.

Engineering Science program details

Environmental Studies

A degree in environmental studies prepares you for careers in environmental law, resource management, teaching, conservation, park management, environmental risk assessment, hazardous materials management, and for work as an environmental specialist, consultant, or policy analyst with government agencies and other organizations.

Environmental Studies program details


Self-employment is not the only option for our graduates. This degree will provide a thorough overview of business which will be necessary for success in a wide variety of industries in the business world.

Entrepreneurship program details

Graphic Design

The A.S. degree prepares you for a career in a design studio, creative agency, or an organization’s communications office. Responsibilities include creating visual materials such as brochures, magazines, advertisements, and electronic publications. Some of the firms that have hired graphic design graduates include Cornell University, Industrial Color Labs, Marietta Corporation, Metrodesign Associates, Porous Materials, Inc., Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY, The Thomas Group, and Vision Art Photo.

Graphic Design program details

Hotel and Restaurant Management

The hotel and restaurant management program prepares students as management generalists ready for hospitality positions at the management-trainee and mid-management levels. Positions include front desk, sales, reservations, food and beverage (including sommelier), guest services, housekeeping, operational and financial management.

Hotel and Restaurant Management program details

Human Services

Our graduates work as teachers in child development programs, child care workers in group homes, caregivers, examiners in social service agencies, recreation specialists in geriatric settings, and caregivers in centers for children who are developmentally disabled, among other positions. Recent graduates have been employed by Catholic Charities, Cortland County Community Action Program, Cortland Migrant Outreach Program, Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca, Franziska Racker Centers, Mental Health Association, Tompkins County, J.M. Murray Center, Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Tompkins Community Action/Headstart, Tompkins County Youth Advocate Program, Inc.

Human Services program details

International Business

Although the program is designed as a transfer program, students may pursue employment in the field upon completion of the degree. Potential employment opportunities would include entry-level positions with firms that conduct business in the global marketplace.

International Business program details

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Teacher Education Transfer

These programs provide the first two years of education needed to become a teacher. There is high demand for qualified teachers in all parts of the country. The demand in our region is especially acute for middle school and high school teachers in math and science.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Teacher Education Transfer program details

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities

While the curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the humanities field.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities program details

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Math/Science

While the curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the math and science fields.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Math/Science program details

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Science

While the curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the humanities and social sciences.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Science program details

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Women & Gender Studies

While most Women and Gender Studies graduates continue to further their education upon leaving Tompkins Cortland Community College, there are a number of public agencies and private businesses in the community interested in employing students with this degree. Entry-level positions, as well as long-term careers exist in the fields of counseling, social work, education, health care, government bureaus, nonprofit organizations, and private enterprise.

Liberal Arts and Sciences – Women & Gender Studies program details

New Media

As a graduate of the New Media program, you will be qualified for entry-level positions in interactive media design, web design/computer graphics, interface design, instructional design, digital photography, and entry-level animation and game production.

New Media program details


After passing the NCLEX-RN examination and obtaining an RN license, graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, industries, hospices, family planning agencies, doctor’s offices, and a variety of other settings. Graduates have found employment in a variety of health care facilities throughout the U.S. Graduates are prepared to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing and advanced practice roles.

Nursing program details

Outdoor Recreation

While the curriculum of this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, it provides skills directly applicable to entry-level positions in the outdoor recreation field.

Outdoor Recreation program details


Paralegals work for attorneys, corporations, federal, state, and local governments’ court systems, or community legal services. Specializations include real estate, criminal law, estate planning, family law, labor law, litigation, and corporate law. Related occupations include adjudicators, abstractors, patent agents, title examiners, escrow officers, government hearing officers, appeals referees, contract checkers, and legal investigators.

Paralegal program details


Photography is used to illustrate, advertise, communicate, and express. Emerging digital technologies are expanding the realm of what is possible in photography and, at the same time, fueling the demand for outstanding creative images. In the photography program you will concentrate on developing skills in the use of black and white photography, color photography, digital photography, and will explore the integration of video and moving images.

Photography program details

Recreation: Exercise Studies

Recreation: Exercise Studies graduates are employed at a variety of settings including Curves For Women, the YMCA (Cortland), the YWCA (Cortland), Finger Lakes Fitness (Ithaca), Cortland Fitness Center (Cortland), Littlefield’s Personal Training(Ithaca), Anytime Fitness Center (Cortland), , Nautilus Fitness Center (Binghamton), and the YMCA (Johnson City). Local and national opportunities also include Gold’s Gym, and Bally’s Total Fitness.

Recreation: Exercise Studies program details

Recreation Leadership

Recreation leaders develop and manage recreational, cultural, and athletic activities in a variety of settings. These include school districts, corporations, community and municipal facilities, correctional facilities, health care organizations, and private clubs and resorts. Among the fastest growing specialties are tourism, therapeutic, and commercial recreation.

Recreation leaders who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree are more likely to be offered higher-level management positions.

Recreation Leadership program details

Sport Management

Fast-growing demand nationwide and around the world for trained professionals in the sport management field provides many opportunities for graduates. Public and not-for-profit organizations are building and expanding sports facilities, creating new opportunities for people trained in sport management. In particular, demand is very strong for sport management graduates who know how to use digital media equipment, sport event management techniques, and game timing software.

Sport Management program details

Wine Marketing

The wine marketing program prepares graduates for careers in wine marketing, sales and promotion, tasting room management, wholesale, retail, e-commerce distribution, public relations, event management, and other hospitality positions. It will give the graduates entry level opportunities on many levels including the vineyards, cellar hands, tasting room, tour guides, marketing, sales and administrative assistants all of which are needed for this rapidly expanding industry.

Wine Marketing program details

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