Trade Schools in Arkansas
Historically, food products, lumber and wood, and cotton have been important industries in Arkansas, but many other careers are now thriving. Some factors in the Arkansas economy could indicate a growing need to further your job skills. Trade schools in Arkansas can help, and you wouldn't have to spend years in school to earn a bachelor's or an associate degree.
Several occupations that require only vocational training are experiencing extensive growth. Here are examples from the Department of Labor of careers that may require only vocational training, with May 2009 median salaries for Arkansas:
- Security and fire alarm systems installers: $29,400, with projected growth at 35 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to the U.S. growth rate estimate of 25 percent
- Surgical technologists: $32,700, with projected growth of 34 percent between 2008 and 2018, compared to the U.S. growth rate estimate of 25 percent
- Court reporters: $26,600, with 32 percent projected growth between 2008 and 2018, compared to the national growth rate estimate of 18 percent
Trade schools in Arkansas and the greater economy
The potential for better pay after graduating from trade schools in Arkansas mixes well with the fact that the Land of Opportunity is more affordable than many other states. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the Arkansas average median home price between 2007 and 2009 was $97,200. That's $88,200 less than the national average of $185,400. The 2009 median household income was $36,500, according to the Department of Labor. The unemployment rate in Arkansas tends to be low, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the highest it has been in the recent economic malaise was 7.9 percent for December and November 2010.