Benefits of Vocational Schools

RWM stands for "Real Work Matters," and we believe that workers in vocational careers make valuable contributions to our society every day. RWM.org is a resource for people interested in a non-traditional education path. We have a large database of schools with professional training, including technical schools, vocational schools, trade schools, and community colleges in all 50 states. Our database includes both on-campus and online programs, along with information on how to get a high school diploma online.

  • Programs that are shorter than a four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Less expensive training or degree programs
  • More direct entry into the workforce
  • Specialized training that gives you applicable skills for a specific job
  • Potential for distance learning, if you live far away from your school

Keep in mind, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that before choosing trade or vocational schools, students should check with the school's accrediting body to ensure proper standards are being met. The school's catalogue should have contact information for its accrediting body. The FTC also suggests:

  • Paying special attention to the schools facilities and instructors
  • Determining if extra costs are involved
  • Asking about graduation, student loan debt incurred by students, and employment rates

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To find more information on trade schools in a certain region, use our interactive map to find the state where you'd like to attend school. Click on your state in the map, or scroll through the list of states next to it. Each state will have some information on schools, programs and jobs, including salary and job growth data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Popular Vocational Careers

When we talk about vocational careers, we mean jobs that typically require less than a four-year degree for entry-level positions. Additionally, they often require specialized training for a specific job, and many emphasize the importance of hands-on training. Browse our list of the popular vocational career pages, where you'll find more information such as education requirements, job growth, employment availability and salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Selects, lays out metal to be cut & joined following engineering instructions & measuring instruments

Culinary Arts

Prepares food using various cooking methods, monitors food production to ensure quality & hygiene.

Veterinary Technician

In a support role for veterinarians, observes, tests and assists in treating animals.

Radiology Technologist

Performs diagnostic imaging like X-Rays & MRI scans, carries out radiation therapy treatments, etc.

HVAC Technician

Installs & maintains heating & air conditioning systems in buildings, schools, hospitals, etc…

Skilled Trades

Includes those who work as electricians, plumbers, welders, machinists, etc.

Automotive Technician and Mechanic

Repairs, inspects and performs maintenance on vehicles.

Pharmacy Technician

Assists pharmacists in the dispensing of prescription medications to patients and medical personnel.

Select a Career by Category

If you know what industry you generally want to be in, but are not sure of a specific job, try browsing a few related careers by category. Click on a category icon, and see a few suggestions for careers in that industry. You can click through to find out more about each job, including salary information, job growth and education requirements.

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Helpful Links

O*NET Online - Occupational Information Online - O*Net replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)

The Student Guide: Federal Financial Aid Programs - An overview of current federal financial aid programs, FASFA Link

NASFAA - An association of over 3,000 colleges and career schools with an interest in effective administration of student financial aid

U.S. Department of Labor - Employment & Training Administration (ETA) - Links to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Grants, Conferences and Hot news issues

Occupational Outlook Handbook - The premier Government publication on career guidance that provides essential information concerning changes in the world of work and the qualifications that will be necessary for tomorrow's workers

NACCAS - National Accrediting Commission for Barbering/Cosmetology/Massage Therapy Vocational Schools

Virtual Diagnostics - Offers career assessments for individuals exploring their career options. All tests are professionally developed by a psychologist and provided to individuals for their self-development.

Find a One-Stop Career Center - The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federally mandated program that is administered by the State. The State has One-Stop Centers to HELP you with Job Search, WIA Eligibility, FREE Vocational Training and many other services. If you are a Dislocated Worker you may receive funding to HELP you get Vocational Training in that new Career.