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Orlando Vocational Schools, Trade Schools and Technical Schools

Given the popularity of Orlando, Florida as a vacation mecca, you would guess that the leisure and hospitality industry sector tops the list when it comes to high-growth occupations in the central Florida city. It's true that sector employed the largest number of workers in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area as of June of 2014, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), the highest-growth sector for the previous twelve-month period was construction, which grew jobs at a rate of 8.3 percent since summer of 2013. The big growth rate in construction jobs compares to only a 5.7 percent growth rate for jobs in the hospitality industry during the same period. The hospitality industry in Orlando is pretty much a given, barring a major economic-, transportation- or weather-related disaster. Trade, transportation and utilities, another sector that serves residents and visitors, also experienced a healthy rate of job growth -- 4.5 percent during the preceding 12-month period. Professional and business services that address the needs of Orlando residents and visitors alike enjoyed a 4.4 percent increase in jobs during the previous 12 months.

Here's how the numbers of workers ranked as of June 2014 in the industry sectors with the largest numbers of employees:

  1. Leisure and hospitality: 233,600 employees
  2. Trade, transportation & utilities: 211,300 employees
  3. Professional & business services: 184,600 employees
  4. Education & health services: 132,900 employees

The 2010 census counted roughly 2,134,000 people in the Orlando-Kissemmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area, with a labor force of 1,207,400. Of those, 1,137,000 were employed in June 2014, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent, lower than the national unemployment rate. But if you've still been worried that you might have to spend the next decade sweating it out in a theme-park character suit to earn a living in Orlando, fear not. Good jobs in many industries in the Orlando are becoming available over the next decade.

Orlando vocational schools provide training for a growing job market

If you are graduating high school, or if you have been out of school for a while and considering additional education, the following occupations are among those identified as the most in demand in the Orlando region, according to statistics from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. These jobs require some postsecondary education, but often less than a four-year degree. (Percentages of Florida job growth through 2022 for these occupations are included from Florida job data obtained from ProjectionsCentral.com):

  • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers: 45.2 percent growth
  • Medical secretaries: 35.5 percent of growth
  • Paralegals and legal assistants: 32.1 percent growth
  • Medical assistants: 29.3 percent growth
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: 23.7 percent growth
  • Registered nurses: 22.6 percent growth

Some jobs in health care that require less than a bachelor's degree are growing at a rapid pace both nationally and locally, and many pay well for the Orlando area. Other occupations for which you can train at Orlando vocational schools also pay better than the median wage in Orlando, which was reported by the BLS in May 2013 as $14.13 per hour:

  • Magnetic imaging resonance technologists: $30.28 hourly
  • Registered nurses: $29.73 hourly
  • Claims adjusters, examiners and investigators: $28.83 hourly
  • Paralegal and legal assistants: $22.44 hourly
  • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers: $17.90 hourly
  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $15.99 hourly

These are just a few of the occupations possible for qualified candidates in the Orlando area. Even if you are young at heart and will love the famous mouse that launched the famous Orlando theme park for the rest of your life, you can still look into training for some "grown-up" careers at a vocational, trade or technical school in Orlando.

Sources:

Economy at a Glance, Orlando-Kissemmee-Sanford, FL, June 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.fl_orlando_msa.htm

Large Metropolitan Statistical Areas -- Population: 1990 to 2010, Orlando-Kissemmee-Sanford, FL, U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0020.pdf

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Orlando-Kissimmmee-Sanford, FL, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_36740.htm

Regional Demand Occupations List, 2014-2015, Workforce Region 12 - Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter Counties, http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/publications-and-reports/labor-market-information-reports/regional-demand-occupations-list

Long Term Occupational Projections Through 2022, Florida, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Vocational Schools in Orlando, Florida
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