Erie County In-Demand Occupations

jobs in demandThis is the 2013 Erie County Demand Occupations List, and these are the jobs that are eligible for the Individual Training Account grants of up to $2,400.

You can apply at the ECC One Stop, Buffalo Employment & Training Center if you are in Erie County. The downtown Department of Labor and Williamsville locations do not currently deal with these funds for training. The funds for ITA go fast so try and get into the program as soon as possible!

Eligibility for Funds:

  • Individual Training Account (ITA) grants must be for degree or certificate programs
  • The student must be training on one of the occupations listed below. These are jobs that Erie County has labeled as high growth and more likely to lead to employment.
  • Money can be used for tuition, books, lab & exam fees but not for remedial courses
  • Students presently in default of a student loan are not eligible
  • Income requirements must be meet, or the student must be a dislocated worker. If you are on unemployment you most likely are eligible
  • Students must also apply for Financial Aid. See the Financial Aid webpage for more information.

How to apply at the ECC One Stop:

  • Students need to register online for the training workshop at
    1. http://elinks.ecc.edu/onestop/CourseSearch.aspx
    2. Change the category to Career Resources and Training
    3. Click Details next to any of the Job Training for Demand Occupations courses to bring up the registration form
    4. Show up prepared with a Resume and sounding knowledge of a topic to increase your chance of getting approved
  • The ECC One Stop is located just minutes away from the ECC South campus at 3176 Abbott Road in Orchard Park (near Lake Avenue). Their phone number is 716-270-4444.
  • Students must receive approval from them prior to classes beginning so they’ll need at least a few weeks to process a funding petition (more time is better).
  • If students do not meet deadlines to obtain funding for the current semester, ITA grants may be available for future semesters

Erie County Demand Occupations List

Title Description
Accountants Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
Automotive Mechanics Specializes in automobile maintenance, repair and sometimes modification. One of the mechanic’s major roles is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. Mechanics use both electronic means of gathering data as well as their senses. The job may involve repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.
Bill and Account Collectors Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment. Duties include receiving payment and posting amount to customer’s account; preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond; initiating repossession proceedings or service disconnection; keeping records of collection and status of accounts.
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
Building Analyst (BPI Certified) Conduct building performance audits to help customers solve heating, cooling and air leakage problems that are driving huge energy costs.
Building Envelope Professional (BPI Certified) Evaluates the way a building’s envelope system interacts with other building systems. The “building envelope” includes roofs, walls, foundations and their component parts.
Carpentry, Construction Workers, Weatherization Hands on instruction in the construction trades to include: carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, drywall, masonry, painting, concrete, roofing, insulation and energy efficiency.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) Work under the supervision of a nurse and provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks. CNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment and checking patient vital signs.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Laboratory Technologist. Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
Computer Support Specialists Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
Customer Service Representatives Interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints. Exclude individuals whose duties are primarily sales or repair.
Dental Assistants Work on behalf of the patient as well as the dentist in helping to assure a high level of professional excellence in oral health care delivery. Duties may include working with dentist as well as managing the business aspects of the dental practice such as scheduling, billing and purchasing.
Dental Hygienists Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
Diagnostic Medical ( Ultra) Sonographer Draw on high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create dynamic cross-sectional images of body tissues and blood flow.
Direct Support Professionals Provide services to individuals with disabilities. Help individuals with their everyday needs in a variety of settings that include their homes, residences or day programs. Train, teach, assist and support individuals to live more independent lives.
Electrician Helpers Assist electricians in installing and repairing electrical wiring, fixtures and equipment.
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff. Exclude “Secretaries.”
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers Supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
Health Information Technician Assist health information administrators in the review and maintenance of medical records; retrieve and compile data from various reports; and assist in the proper storage, maintenance and retrieval of medical records.
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
Medical Assistants Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the heath care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.
Medical Secretaries Perform secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Under a physician’s supervision, apply drugs labeled with a small amount of radioactivity to study the function of the internal organs and treat disease.
Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers Develop programs to control machining or processing of parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
Paralegals Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Pharmacy Technicians Help licensed pharmacists prepare medications (receive prescription requests, count tablets, label bottles), provide customer service and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting.
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.
Radiologic Technicians Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions the human body on X-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
Radiologic Technologists Take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.
Registered Nurses Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.
Respiratory Therapists Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check and operate equipment.
Social and Human Service Assistants Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare.
Sterilization Process Technician Prepare medical equipment (proper handling, cleaning, assembly, testing and packaging of many kinds of medical instruments) for doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals.
Surgical Technologists Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Truck Drivers, Heavy Drive truck with capacity of more than three tons to transport materials to specified destinations.
Welders and Cutters Use hand welding and flame-cutting equipment to weld together metal components and parts or to cut, trim, or scarf metal objects to dimensions, as specified by layouts, work orders, or blueprints.

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