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Trades schools can train high school grads for rewarding careers quickly with job-specific training.
For many high school graduates, especially those anxious about attending college after graduation, vocational training at a technical trades school can be the perfect choice.
The decision to attend a technical trade school is all about choosing and then following a career path. Vocational education normally focuses graduates toward a career, thanks to job specific training resources for in-demand careers. With a career plan in mind, vocational schools can help with the transition from high school grad to professional quickly with job-specific training.
Skilled, technical trades jobs are in high demand more than ever now
With so many high school grads choosing college over trades, the shortage of skilled workers continues to grow. There are currently 3.9 million job openings, many in social assistance and health care, manufacturing, and hospitality and leisure that seek out graduates from vocational schools, but can’t seem to find them.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
“Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020.”
When employers find trained and skilled students, they hire them as quickly as possible
John Dodson, Technical Institute Community Team Relations Director at UTI-Mooresville sees many positive opportunities for the future. He explained, “As baby boomers start retiring, the job market will continue to increase and the demand for skilled technicians will continue to grow. If someone wants to learn a trade, jobs are going to be out there.”
Employers need workers right now with high-precision skills. But the problem is that much of America’s unemployed workforce lacks these skills.
Do Technical Trades Jobs Pay Well?
Besides the demand for these jobs, skilled tradespeople can easily earn $40,000 or more annually. Vocational training offers the education and training for many careers where employers seek out skilled and ready-to-work employees.
Top 20 In Demand Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year College Degree
Here’s a short list of jobs that look to hire highly skilled employees.
- Dental Hygienist
- Online Advertising Manager
- Web Developer
- Medical Secretary
- Stenographer-Court Reporter
- Heating & Refrigeration Mechanic
- Executive Assistant
- Insurance Agent
- Industrial Machine Repairer
- Hair Stylist
- Tax Examiner-Collector
- Wholesales Sales Representative
- Construction Machine Operator
- Electrical Technician
- Architectural Drafter
- Teacher’s Aide
- Sewage Plant Operator
“There is higher demand for skilled jobs and less demand for unskilled positions than we’ve seen coming out of past recessions”
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Director, Anthony P. Carnevale claims two-year colleges are playing “increasingly central roles in occupational training.”
By 2014, the BLS projects that middle-skill jobs will make up about 45% of all job openings. And companies are struggling to find enough skilled workers to fill them.
According to experts, many job seekers lack the necessary skills to fill those positions. “There is higher demand for skilled jobs and less demand for unskilled positions than we’ve seen coming out of past recessions,” said Robert Funk, chairman and chief executive of Express Employment Professionals.
Vocational education may offer a better career opportunity than college for students who feel more comfortable receiving hands-on training.
Trade schools continue to offer a broader approach to education and are affording students with a range of relevant skills. Today, technical trade school graduates are employed in health, business, computer technology and a number of areas in administration as well as in the more traditionally recognized blue-collar tech trades jobs.
About IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado
IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado offers hands-on career training in the allied healthcare, beauty/cosmetology, business, computer technology, personal training, and technical trades industries with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. College campuses in Colorado include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu call 1-800-836-1345.
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