Trade Schools in Kansas
Graduates of trade schools in Kansas can expect significant job growth between 2008 and 2018 of 18 percent to 42 percent in 25 Kansas careers that require either vocational training/certificates or an associate degree, as shown by the Department of Labor. Eleven of the 25 careers on the list were related to health care or health care support careers; those paying the highest wages include dental hygienists, radiation and respiratory therapists, and registered nurses. Other careers expected to experience significant growth include technicians and technologists in environmental engineering, veterinary medicine, cardiovascular medicine, environmental science and protection, medical records, and avionics.
Economic outlook good for graduates of trade schools in Kansas
Although Kansas' economy has historically been based on agriculture, the services sector and manufacturing are now its top industry sectors. Services include insurance, finance and real estate; manufacturing goods include computer and transportation equipment, machinery, printing and publishing, and food and related products.
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce reports that in 2009 the per capita personal income for Kansas' 2.8 million residents was $39,263, only slightly lower than the national figure. The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives the 2009 mean annual salary for all Kansas occupations as $38,530, lower than the national figure of $43,460. However, living in Kansas is significantly less expensive than the national average; the Council for Community and Economic Research awards the state the seventh-lowest cost of living in the nation in 2010. Students graduating from trade schools in Kansas could find excellent job prospects in a number of high-demand fields.