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Career: Cybersecurity
Words: Encryption, Networks
Technology Program: Information Technology

Who prevents hackers from disrupting power grids, banking, and communication network systems?
You can! As a cybersecurity technician, your knowledge of encryption (setting up codes and control-
access functions to block hackers out) is essential to keeping information systems running.


Career: Nanofabrication
Words: Nanometer, Capillary System
Technology Program: Manufacturing Technology

When you hear the word “nano,” think small, VERY small ... about five atoms in length! As a
nanofabrication technician, your ability to engineer small things could have a big impact in the
future. For example, you could make extremely small probes that can look at strands of DNA to
detect diseases. Or you could engineer tiny capillary systems to bring nutrients to artificial organs.


Career: Aquatic Science
Words: Research Vessel, Sampling
Technology Program: Marine Technology

Imagine collecting ocean water samples aboard a large research vessel. As an aquatic science
researcher, you’ll likely spend some time engaged in fieldwork as you study the planet’s oceans
and freshwater environments. You might investigate questions such as where do pollutants come
from?; how much oxygen is in the deep ocean?; and how do whales eat?


Career: Precision Agriculture
Words: Herbicide, GPS
Technology Program: Agricultural Technology

How do farmers minimize waste and maximize crop yields? With the help of precision agriculture
technology. Farmers, for example, use tractor-mounted GPS (global positioning system) receivers
to record locations when applying fertilizers and herbicides. This information, combined with
data such as crop yield and weed density, is helping transform agriculture into a precision, high-
performance industry.
Career: Biotechnology
Words: Transgenic Spider, Goat
Technology Program: Biotechnology

As a biotechnology technician, you could harness the strength of a spider’s web by taking a single
spider gene and injecting it into a single cell of a goat egg. Then harvest a protein from the goat’s
milk and you’ve got a source for BioSteel, microscopically fine fibers that are 20 times stronger than
steel. These super-strong fibers could be used to make sporting goods and bulletproof clothing.


Career: Process Technician
Words: Recyclable Plastics, Crude Oil
Technology Program: Process Technology

Process technology encompasses all processes included in pharmaceutical, chemical, refining, food/
beverage, wastewater treatment, pulp/paper, power generation, and oil exploration and production
industries. Process technology is about creating products you use every day. As a process
technician, you could play a role in developing recyclable plastics from crude oil byproducts,
producing a ream of paper from wood, producing medicines needed around the world, or
generating electricity for your hometown!




The Pathways to Technology Resources are available for modification for educational
purposes only. The underlying content of this material was developed by WGBH
Educational Foundation for the Pathways to Technology project. Any modifications
and changes are the sole responsibility of the institution and/or individual/ entity
that made the changes. Neither WGBH, nor the project funder National Science
Foundation nor the project collaborating partner American Association of Community
Colleges, is responsible for modifications or changes made to this material.
Sample Career Descriptions
Career: Cybersecurity
Words: Encryption, Networks
Technology Program: Information Technology

Who prevents hackers from disrupting power grids, banking, and communication network systems?
You can! As a cybersecurity technician, your knowledge of encryption (setting up codes and control-
access functions to block hackers out) is essential to keeping information systems running.


Career: Nanofabrication
Words: Nanometer, Capillary System
Technology Program: Manufacturing Technology

When you hear the word “nano,” think small, VERY small ... about five atoms in length! As a
nanofabrication technician, your ability to engineer small things could have a big impact in the
future. For example, you could make extremely small probes that can look at strands of DNA to
detect diseases. Or you could engineer tiny capillary systems to bring nutrients to artificial organs.


Career: Aquatic Science
Words: Research Vessel, Sampling
Technology Program: Marine Technology

Imagine collecting ocean water samples aboard a large research vessel. As an aquatic science
researcher, you’ll likely spend some time engaged in fieldwork as you study the planet’s oceans
and freshwater environments. You might investigate questions such as where do pollutants come
from?; how much oxygen is in the deep ocean?; and how do whales eat?


Career: Precision Agriculture
Words: Herbicide, GPS
Technology Program: Agricultural Technology

How do farmers minimize waste and maximize crop yields? With the help of precision agriculture
technology. Farmers, for example, use tractor-mounted GPS (global positioning system) receivers
to record locations when applying fertilizers and herbicides. This information, combined with
data such as crop yield and weed density, is helping transform agriculture into a precision, high-
performance industry.
Career: Biotechnology
Words: Transgenic Spider, Goat
Technology Program: Biotechnology

As a biotechnology technician, you could harness the strength of a spider’s web by taking a single
spider gene and injecting it into a single cell of a goat egg. Then harvest a protein from the goat’s
milk and you’ve got a source for BioSteel, microscopically fine fibers that are 20 times stronger than
steel. These super-strong fibers could be used to make sporting goods and bulletproof clothing.


Career: Process Technician
Words: Recyclable Plastics, Crude Oil
Technology Program: Process Technology

Process technology encompasses all processes included in pharmaceutical, chemical, refining, food/
beverage, wastewater treatment, pulp/paper, power generation, and oil exploration and production
industries. Process technology is about creating products you use every day. As a process
technician, you could play a role in developing recyclable plastics from crude oil byproducts,
producing a ream of paper from wood, producing medicines needed around the world, or
generating electricity for your hometown!




The Pathways to Technology Resources are available for modification for educational
purposes only. The underlying content of this material was developed by WGBH
Educational Foundation for the Pathways to Technology project. Any modifications
and changes are the sole responsibility of the institution and/or individual/ entity
that made the changes. Neither WGBH, nor the project funder National Science
Foundation nor the project collaborating partner American Association of Community
Colleges, is responsible for modifications or changes made to this material.

								
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