2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Getting Started on Your Career Path

Whether you know exactly which career you wish to pursue or you’re still deciding, Pierce College provides easy-to-use tools to help you explore and set career goals. And, if you change your mind along the way, your Pierce College support network will help you move to a career path that’s right for you.

Explore Career Pathways

icon of binocularsNot sure which career path to pursue? Check out our Career Exploration Tools to discover career pathways that fit with your interests and skills.

icon of path between two pointsAlready know what career direction you wish to pursue? Or maybe you’re interested in learning more about our career pathways. Browse career pathways from an alphabetical list or through any of our six career pathways.

icon of mapLearn about the courses associated with each career pathway. The course maps list recommended courses and activities to help you achieve your academic goals.
Check out the career pathways course maps.


Create a Plan

You will work one-on-one with an advisor who will help you create customized plans to support your success.

icon of compassMyMap is your customized schedule of courses and activities needed for graduation. MyMap is an interactive tool that will keep you informed of your progress towards degree or certificate completion.

icon of money growing out of a plantA funding plan that will help you stay on track paying for college.

icon of weight balanceA success support plan that will help you balance your academic life with issues such as transportation, work scheduling, child care and more.


Connect with Support

icon of two people talkingThroughout your time at Pierce College, you’ll be connected with a support network of instructors, academic advisors, financial planning advisors, tutors, and support services, all focused on your academic success.


Pierce College Six Career Pathway Areas

Arts, Humanities and Communication

icon of artist palette and brushExpress yourself and choose from a broad range of creative careers with the Arts, Humanities, and Communication career pathway. Careers include social media, acting, teaching, graphic design, communications, journalism and art. Develop cultural awareness and critical thinking skills that will serve you through a lifetime of career mobility.
View the Arts, Humanities and Communication career pathway course maps.  


icon of graph on laptop screenPrepare to thrive in the ever-changing global economy through the Business career pathway. Careers include accounting, management, entrepreneurship, project management and human resources. Develop skills in communications, inclusiveness, integrity, initiative, ethics and leadership — all critical to success in business.
View the Business career pathway course maps. 


icon of books and appleIgnite young minds and pursue a fulfilling career in teaching through the Education career pathway. This pathway prepares you to teach in early childhood, elementary, and secondary school settings. Choose from options depending on the age group and subjects you wish to teach. Learn to apply your skills and personality to becoming an effective, inspiring educator.
View the Education career pathway course maps.   


icon of medicine symbol of two snakes winding around winged staffServe others and choose from dozens of rewarding careers through the Healthcare career pathway. These high-demand careers include nursing, medicine, dental hygiene, medical coding/billing, veterinary technology, physical therapy, fitness training and allied health fields. You’ll work in a team-oriented environment, applying your compassion and skills to improve people’s lives.
View the Healthcare career pathway course maps.  

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

icon of laboratory beakersStay at the forefront of emerging technologies with a high-demand career through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career pathway. Careers include biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science and astronomy. Develop your intellectual curiosity, logical reasoning and collaboration skills.
View the STEM career pathway course maps. 

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Services

icon of two peopleExplore how people think, feel and interact — individually and in society — with the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Services career pathway. Choose from an array of people-focused careers, including public service, economics, counseling, social welfare, archeology, research, law enforcement, politics, government and homeland security emergency management. Help serve others while developing a deeper understanding of societal institutions.
View the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Services career pathway course maps.