Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College

12 Oct 2018 10:56 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

Is traditional college is an absolute must? Is a bachelor’s degree THAT important? Sure, everyone needs a skill to support themselves and their families, but do those skills need to come from training at expensive four-year universities. Here is why Trade School makes so much sense practically and financially.

What is a Trade School?

A post-secondary institution that’s designed to give students the technical skills to prepare for a specific occupationVocational degrees can lead to well-paying jobs like carpentry, HVAC, electrician, mechanic, machinist, pharmacy technician, nuclear technician, and dental hygienist, with room for growth and managerial potential in each field. Trade schools have smaller class sizes, averaging around 30 students.

Get into the Workforce Quicker

Programs can be completed in six weeks to two years. 

Dollars and Sense

Technical and trade school jobs have a median annual salary of $35,720, varies by industry - Construction mean wage in MN is $49,640.

Tuition in Trade school runs, on average, around $33,000 from start to finish, with 100% acceptance rate.

Job Security

Trade school positions, ones that need a physical body present, are not easily filled by going elsewhere. Trade skill workers such as plumbers, mechanics, and electricians need to be available to work onsite; this type of work cannot be done via the Internet.

Not only that, but there’s a growing domestic demand for high-precision skills. According to Forbes, skilled trade workers are a disproportionately older population, and will only continue to get older, creating increased opportunities for young workers to fill their shoes.

Final Thoughts on Trade School vs. College

If you’re a hands-on learner, excited by the prospects of getting out of the classroom and starting to work immediately after high school, trade school is a relatively inexpensive alternative education that may work well for you.

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