Skilled Trades & Vocational

A Skilled Trades Vocational 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 journey.

Types of Degrees

Skilled Trades Vocational 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 typically offer these programs and degrees. Importance is placed on technical instruction and hands-on learning.

Admission Requirements

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 Skilled Trades Vocational Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Skilled Trades Vocational degree or certification is extremely vast and varied and include:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Electrical Technician
  • Locksmith
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • 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 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians was $65,260 in 2019 (1) while Motorcycle Mechanics earned $39,970 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.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.