What is the Best In-Demand Career for You? Take the Quiz!

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NICC_quizEmployers in northeast Iowa are desperate to fill skilled positions to grow their workforce, increase productivity, close a skills gap and expand. These are in-demand positions, but which one is the best fit for you?

Take the quiz! If you enjoy three, four or more of the personal interest questions in these career fields, turn to the page indicated to learn about programs at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) that may be your career match!

Plants and Animals
Do you enjoy…
Analyzing soil, erosion, or
environmental conditions?
Caring for pets or farm animals?
Training dogs, horses, or other animals?
Working outdoors?
Do you enjoy…
Talking with people about their family or personal problems?
Learning about social issues?
Helping people who have
medical problems?
Helping people who have disabilities to learn new skills?
Teaching or advising others?
Taking care of children?
Technical and Mechanical
Do you enjoy…
Sketching out design ideas?
Designing and building machines?
Setting up a computer or sound system?
Troubleshooting computer hardware problems?
Taking things apart to see how
they work?
Building models?
Do you enjoy…
Working with your hands, tools,
and equipment?
Doing projects that have concrete,
visible results?
Building or assembling products?
Using mechanical equipment?
Learning advanced technology?
Working with others to make a product?

Plants and Animals

Includes jobs working with plants and animals, usually outdoors. Sample jobs include: manager or worker on a farm or in nurseries; veterinarian and veterinarian technician or assistant; soil conservationist; agricultural extension worker; and agribusiness professional.

See how to grow your career in Swine Production or as a Veterinary Assistant!


Includes careers helping people with their personal, physical and medical needs and for healthcare providers. Sample jobs include: certified respiratory therapist, charge nurse, clinic RN, clinical data analyst, coder, coding/claims specialist, ER nurse, health information technician, medical office administrator, registered respiratory therapist and RN supervisor.

Learn about the new nursing concurrent enrollment agreement and the Respiratory Care and Health Information Technology programs!

Technical & Mechanical

Includes jobs designing software, building and maintaining computer infrastructure and networks, tech support and more. Sample jobs include: computer analyst, computer technician, helpdesk technician, information security consultant, mobile application developer, software application developer and web developer.

Learn more about our Computer Analyst programs and other cutting-edge IT programs!


Includes jobs working with advanced manufacturing, engineering technology, construction and heavy construction equipment. Sample jobs include: automation and industrial controls technician, carpenter, computer numerical control (CNC) operator, construction equipment operator, home construction professional, inventory control specialist, machine operator, machine setup technician, production supervisor and quality control specialist.

Be in demand! See more information about the College’s Engineering Technology and Industrial Maintenance Technician programs or learn about the Construction Equipment Operator and Building Construction programs!

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