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Portland Vocational Schools, Trade Schools and Technical Schools

As the third largest export center on the West Coast, Portland, Oregon boasts a $12 billion import and export industry supported by shipping, aviation, highways, and rail. The city offers a number of career opportunities relating to mechanics, logistics, engineering, and information technology, making Portland a major employment outlet for trade-specific technical schools and trade schools offering certificates, diplomas and degre in the region. However, shipping and transportation related training are not the only industries that offer career opportunities after vocational training. Since World War II, Portland has earned a reputation as a major high-technology hub, with more than 1,200 companies springing up over the past sixty years. Computer technicians, IT support staff, data processors, software programmers, and hardware technologists represent but a fraction of the potential job opportunities available once students complete the requisite courses at one of Portland's trade and technical schools. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following number of jobs held in May in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area:

  • Manufacturing. 118,000
  • Information. 23,000
  • Education and Health Services. 135,000
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities. 193,000

Portland Trade Schools and the Economy

With a population of 575,930, Portland is the most populous city in Oregon. Several large companies have their headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Portland-Beaverton area. Along with technology and manufacturing, the health care industry in Portland offers numerous career opportunities. According to HUD, the median family income in Portland was $63,800 in 2007. The BLS reports the following median hourly wages:

  • Computer Support Specialists. $19.96
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians. $28.42
  • Physical Therapist Assistants. $21.75
  • Chefs and Head Cooks. $17.04

Portland also enjoys a thriving tourist and convention trade. Portland welcomed approximately 9.6 million visitors in 2008. Along with manufacturing, health, and information jobs, Portland trade and vocational schools offer students the opportunity to train for tourism-based jobs as well.

Schools are available in the following Portland zip codes: 97209, 97218, 97223, 97223, 97301, 97232, 97204, 97220, 97302, 97225. Begin your career training at one of our Portland area Schools today.
Vocational Schools in Portland, Oregon
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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Interior Design (BFA), Culinary Management (BS), Digital Film & Video (BFA), and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 1122 N.W. Davis Street Portland, OR 97209

Heald College provides hands-on educational programs that can help students prepare for careers in the healthcare, business, legal and technology fields.

Programs : Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 6035 NE 78th Court Portland, OR 97218

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

Programs : MCITP Network Management Diploma, Accounting B.S., Information Technology B.S., and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 13333 SW 68TH PKWY # 010 Portland, OR 97223

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : B.S. in Communication, Graduate Project Management Certificate, M.S. in Administration of Justice and security/Global Homeland Security, and more..

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Tigard: 13221 SW 68th Parkway Suite 500 Tigard, OR 97223

Online: Online, OR

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.

Programs : Practical Nursing, Medical Office Administration, Respiratory Therapy - (AAS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Programs : Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assistant, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Business, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : BS - Project Management and Administration: IT Option, AS - Criminology and Forensic Technology, AS - Graphic Communications and Design, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 9500 NE Cascades Parkway Portland, OR 97220

Salem: 4825 Commercial Street SE, Suite 100 Salem, OR 97302

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

Programs : Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online), Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online), Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online), and more..

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Career-focused education for real‐world results.

Programs : Associate - Web Graphic Design, Bachelor's - Accounting, Master's-Business Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

Portland: 9755 SW Barnes Road Peterkort Center II Portland, OR 97225

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Chicago: Chicago, IL

Since 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been committed to delivering only the finest cutting-edge, classroom-based theoretical and applied knowledge.

Programs : MA in Forensic Psychology - Non-Licensure Track, MA in I/O: Applied Research Project Track, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate, and more..

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