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Vocational Training and Programs

There are many diverse kinds of vocational training programs, certifications, and diploma programs, and correspondingly large number of schools and organizations that offer them.

Appropriate and thorough training is imperative for anybody who is looking to start a new career, find a new position, or enhance their current job.

Internet-based vocational training programs are great ways to gain new skills and enhance your career. These courses usually qualify you for vocational or technical certification or membership in a union. (In order to find out what requirements apply to you, contact your regional certification administrators and local union representatives)

Why a Vocational Career?

Start Working Faster. Some vocational programs require a 2-year degree, but most programs can be completed in a much shorter time. Many vocational programs only require a short term (6-12 months) training. That means you can get in and get out to the workforce fast!

Low Cost. Unlike a degree program that requires 4 years of college tuition, vocational training programs are succinct and affordable. They teach you the skills you need to be successful on the job. No need for unnecessary classes like art theory or history. This makes vocational schools much more affordable than traditional university programs.

Room for Advancement. Many vocational careers have lots of room for advancement. Vocational training programs help you get your foot in the door, so you can advance to higher paying and more responsible career options.

Top Careers

Provide basic maintenance, repair, and inspection on cars and light trucks.

Restore, replace, and refinish vehicle frames and bodies, window glass, and windshields.

Install, repair, and maintain communications, lighting, electrical power, and control systems

Work on ventilation, heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality and temperature in buildings.

Collects samples and performs tests to analyze tissue, body fluids, and other substances.

Repair and install pipes that carry gases or liquids from, to, and within homes, businesses and factories.

Set up and maintain equipment or devices that connect to phone lines, access the internet, and carry communications signals.

Use remotely controlled or hand-held equipment to cut or join metal parts. Welders fill seams, indentations, or holes of metal products.

New Vocational Jobs

Months average training

Vocational Career Comparison

Compare careers side by side to find the best vocational career for you!

Welding

$18/hour
  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Moderate-term on-the-job training

  • Number of Jobs, 2014  – 397,900

  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 4% (Slower than average)

  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 14,400

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Automotive Tech

$18/hour
  • Certificate
  • Short-term on-the-job training
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 739,900
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 5% (As fast as average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 39,100
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Autobody Tech

$20/hour
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1-2 years on-the-job training
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 169,100
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 9% (Faster than average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 15,300
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HVAC Tech

$22/hour
  • Certificate
  • Long-term on the job training
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 292,000
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 14% (Much faster than average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 39,600
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Lab Tech

$24/hour
  • Associate’s Degree
  • No on-the-job training
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 328,200
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 16% (Much faster than average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 52,100
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Plumber

$24/hour
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Apprenticeship
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 425,800
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 12% (Faster than average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 49,100
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Electrician

$25/hour
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • On-the-job Training – Apprenticeship
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 628,800
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – 14% (Much faster than average)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – 85,900
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Telecom Tech

$26/hour
  • Certificate
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 218,600
  • Job Outlook, 2014-24 – -4% (Decline)
  • New Jobs, 2014-24 – -7,800
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