Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Pennsylvania


Trade Schools in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's diverse economy supports a wide range of professionals. Yet, most of the faster-growing careers in the Keystone State reward graduates of trade schools in Pennsylvania.

With targeted training from trade schools in Pennsylvania, workers in industries such as food service, personal care, building maintenance or construction can qualify for more specialized roles that pay higher wages per hour. Office and administrative support professionals can also use computer training and productivity courses for career advancement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 5,572,660 workers in all occupations in the state earned an annual mean wage of $42,040, or an hourly mean wage of $20.21, in 2009.

Trade schools in Pennsylvania drive consistent growth

Pennsylvania's two largest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have both evolved beyond their industrial roots into economies that require the support of professionals from divergent fields. Rural areas of the state still support major industrial and agricultural companies, but increasingly rely on workers with targeted vocational training. Growing demand for business and professional services has created new jobs for workers who complete computer training programs. Manufacturing, construction and health services careers remain strong throughout the state, especially for workers willing to stay abreast of the latest technology. Trade schools in Pennsylvania now offer a variety of flexible programs designed to stand alone or to supplement degrees earned at campus-based institutions.

The Department of Labor estimates that several of the fastest-growing occupations in the state between 2008 and 2018 will require postsecondary education such as trade school training; these careers include skin care specialists, veterinary technologists and technicians, and health care-related fields such as pharmacy technicians, physical therapist assistants, and radiation therapists.

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            Lower Burrell (New Kensington), Pennsylvania www.oaa.edu
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            McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania www.ohiovalleyhospital.org
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            Reading, Pennsylvania www.paceinstitute.com/
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            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.pagunsmith.edu
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            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.prismcareerinstitute.com
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            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.rosedaletech.org
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            Villanova, Pennsylvania www.villanova.edu
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            York, Pennsylvania www.ybi.edu
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