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Chicago Vocational Schools, Trade Schools and Technical Schools

Chicago, Ill. is home to technical schools and trade schools that strive to help prepare talented prospects for a variety of careers. Whether you're a first-time student or looking for a career change, you may want to explore opportunities available at Chicago technical and trade schools. According to Forbes, Chicago ranks 96th in the nation for best places for business and careers. Top industries in the Chicago area include:

  • Financial services: Chicago is a thriving hub of finance as home to the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Food processing: The Windy City is renowned for the large meat-packing industry.
  • Engineering: Chicago is home to an enormous number of manufacturing companies as well as an inland port, making it a fitting home for engineers and logistics experts.
  • Publishing: Chicago is second only to New York City for publishing of books and magazines.

Chicago Offers Excellent Economic Diversity

In 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Chicago packs a population of 2,714,856 into a land area of 227.63 square miles. Most of those residents have easy access to the thriving downtown area known as "The Loop." Serviced by elevated train tracks between the city's vast industrial parks, The Loop is a popular area for everyone from tourists to daily commuters. Many of those commuters are headed toward companies in the Chicago area, including these on the Fortune 500 list:

  • Boeing
  • Abbott Labs
  • Sears
  • United Continental
  • AllState
  • McDonald's
  • Exelon
  • Kraft Foods

In addition to well-established businesses and industries, Chicago offers numerous schools to serve those who are interested in a technical education. Those graduating from trade and technical schools may find opportunities among the many companies that call Chicago home.

Sources:

Chicago: Economy, City-Data.com, http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Midwest/Chicago-Economy.html

Chicago, IL, Forbes.com, http://www.forbes.com/places/il/chicago/

Chicago, IL, QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1714000.html

"Illinois' Fortune 500 Companies," Chicago Tribune, 2013, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-fortune-500-illinois-20130506,0,4534669.photogallery

Vocational Schools in Chicago, Illinois
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