Students deciding what to study at a California community college -- or whether to return for that certificate -- now have more information about what they might expect to earn after they have completed their program.

The data put online by the California community college system is divided into 24 fields of study, such as agriculture, fine arts, health, law and psychology, each of which lists a number of careers and the pay before schooling, two years after and five years after.

Below is a sampling of students' median earnings two years before they started their community college program and five years after they finished.

The database does not include students who transferred to four-year colleges, the self-employed, or those who left the state or didn't find work.

You can find the Salary Surfer database at http://salarysurfer.cccco.edu/salaries.aspx.

Here's a partial list of earnings (two years before schooling and five years after).

  • Administration of justice (certificate): $21,867 to $62,755

  • Biology (degree): $14,092 to $54,903

  • Biotechnology and biomedical technology (degree): from $12,695 to $55,673

  • Cardiovascular technician (certificate): from $14,566 to $66,747

  • Construction management (degree): from $14,566 to $66,747

  • Cosmetology and barbering (degree): from $14,970 to $18,662

  • Fashion design (degree): from $13,962 to $31,257

  • Film production (degree): from $7,800 to $10,931

  • Fire academy (certificate): from $26,504 to $87,128

  • Journalism (degree): from $14,664 to $17,347

  • Mathematics (degree): from $14,581 to $50,581

  • Physician's assistant (certificate): from $26,187 to $92,743

  • Water and wastewater technology (certificate): from $43,711 to $79,205