Computers, Tech & Engineering - Technology and Skilled Trades
A Technology and Skilled Trades degree or certification program can teach you the skills and knowledge you need to master a craft, enter the workforce, and start earning a good wage. With hundreds of schools to choose from and state licensing oftentimes required before you can practice your trade professionally, it's important to do your research before beginning your educational journey.
Types of Degrees
Technology and Skilled Trades students typically pursue an apprenticeship program, certification program, or associate degree (2 years) prior to entering the workforce. Community colleges, technical schools, online schools, and some public and private colleges and universities offer these programs and degrees. Importance is placed on technical instruction and hands-on learning.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and experience in the field you're looking to study helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Technology and Skilled Trades Degree Or Certification
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Technology and Skilled Trades degree or certification is extremely vast and varied and include:
- Electrical Technician
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Surgical Technologist
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Surgical Technologists was $48,300 in 2019 (1) while Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers earned a median salary of $48,730 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.