College & Career Information

Students interested in attending college/university after high school will need to plan not only to meet graduation requirements, but also to be ready for college applications in their senior year. Students must plan ahead to meet college entrance requirements, to research your college options, and to prepare for and take college entrance exams.

Some information about college planning & application tips are listed below. Please visit the College & Career Center website for additional information.

College Application Topics:
 Cumulative GPA
Requesting Transcripts
 Recommendations and Recommenders
 Public vs. Private Colleges

College Planning Topics:
 College Resource Guide
 College Entrance Exams (SAT / ACT)
 Choosing a College
 HS Course Selection for College Applications

Career information to consider:

Organized by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the Great Careers Conference identified specific careers and related information for graduating students to consider as they move into employment. 

Artistic Design
Want to create a scene?
Retail Display Designers plan, design, and set-up commercial displays such as those in windows and interiors of retails stores.
Education required: High School Diploma
Average annual wage: $38,000
Automotive
What’s your first thought when you hear the word HORSEPOWER?!?
Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $48,000
Aviation
What if one of your work benefits was free travel?
Come learn about what it takes to become a commercial pilot, airline dispatcher, air traffic controller, airport manager, and related aviation careers.
Education required: Varies
Average annual wage: Varies
Sales
Are you convincing in your words?
Sales agents sell products and services to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations, and maintain client accounts.
Education required: High School Diploma
Average annual wage: $61,000
Sports Medicine
Want to make sure people can run faster, jump higher, swim further?
Physical Therapy Assistants assist Physical Therapists in providing treatments and procedures as well as assist in the development of care plans and treatments.
Education required: Associates degree
Average annual wage: $60,000
Animals
Lions, and tigers and bears. Oh my!
Animal caretakers train, feed, bathe, groom, exercise, and maintain the living conditions of animals.
Education required: High School Diploma
Average annual wage: $30,000
Computer Aided & 3D Drafting
Does designing a structure large or small peak your interest?
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Choose from architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Education required: Associates degree
Average annual wage: $83,000
Computer Systems
Do you feel like a wizard when there is a computer in your hands?
Computer support specialists provide technical help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Because of the wide range of skills used in different computer support jobs, there are many paths into the occupation
Education Required: Some training, no degree
Average annual wage: $64,000
Construction
Did you like Legos as a child (or still do)? How about operating power tools?
Construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures using hand and power tools/heavy equipment
Education required: Apprenticeship
Average annual wage: $47,000
Cosmetology
Want to help someone look their best?
Provide hair cutting, hair styling, and a range of other beauty services.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $41,000
Culinary & Hospitality
What’s cookin’? Do you like to eat?
Prepare, season, and cook various foods. May plan and price menu items.
Education required: high school diploma
Average annual wage: $53,000
Early Childhood Education
Do you like kids?
Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $32,000
Fireman & EMT
Do you want to become a modern day superhero?
Firefighters control and put out fires, and respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $75,000
Law Enforcement
Can the world be a safer place? Can you help?
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.
Education required: High School Diploma and training academy
Average annual wage: $81,000
Marine Technology
Have you always dreamed of being a pirate?
The maritime industry is made up of all businesses which relate to the transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more. Jobs can include marine engineering and deck technology.
Education: Technical School or job experience
Average annual wage: $44,000
Mechatronics
Do you like robots?
Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical, and computer science technologies that can be applied in a wide variety of industries. Technicians work in mechanical, electrical, automation, robotics and aerospace fields.
Education: Associates Degree
Average annual wage: $45,000
Med - Tech
Do you like to heal people?
Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. Measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
Education: High School Diploma
Average annual wage: $42,000
Medical Careers
What are your vital signs? Want to find out?
Medical Assistants perform include taking in and recording vital signs and medical historys, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $40,000
Military Careers
Do you value our freedom? Do you want to serve and protect?
Military Careers include military operations such as combat or training operations, or humanitarian or disaster relief; Operate, maintain, and repair equipment; Perform technical and support activities; Supervise junior enlisted personnel.
Education required: High School Diploma
Beginning annual wage: $40,000
Music Production
Can’t stop the music!
Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects.
Education required: Certificate
Average annual wage: $81,000
Sustainability
Dirty jobs pay!
Treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water, wastewater, recycling, and energy.
Education required: High School Diploma
Average annual wage: $62,000
Web Design & Social Media
Hello world. Your design can be seen by the world!
Web developers design and create websites. 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.
Education required: Associates
Average annual wage: $101,000