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California Vocational and Technical Schools

California -- the most populated state in the U.S. -- continued to hold onto the number one position as of 2013 when the Census Bureau estimated its population at 38,332,521. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), 14,714,530 Californians were employed as of May 2013.

Accredited California vocational and technical schools are plentiful, from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco. The need for educated workers is concern for the state, which has become the world's ninth largest economy in 2011 according to Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. A California vocational school may lead you to a fulfilling and lucrative career in many industries.


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California is a leading producer of computer and electronics products, which means there is high demand for workers with relevant and practical classroom experience in information technology, computer information systems, computer network systems and other related fields.

More than one third of those employed in California -- almost 5.5 million -- work in office support, sales, food preparation and serving occupations. If those types of jobs are not calling your name, you may want to learn more about the California technical schools offering training for dozens of in-demand occupations.

California's economy offers its residents an extremely varied menu of career paths from which to choose. It leads the nation in such sectors as agriculture, hi-tech and bio-tech, tourism, manufacturing, and entertainment. Not only do those industries require employees, so do all of the sectors that support them and the millions of state residents who depend on services and infrastructure like health care, personal care and transportation.

California job growth and wage information

The following statistics provide examples of opportunities in occupations you might pursue with an education from a California vocational, trade or technical school. They include the average wages for each occupation as of May 2013 from the BLS and the projected percent of job growth for each from 2010 to 2020 as reported by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD):

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Web Developers16,90072,0303,822
Graphic Designers26,29052,0104,018
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists24,30022,8704,201
Medical Assistants82,45032,6904,122
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses61,05051,6204,100
Dental Assistants45,51036,5704,121
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics56,00039,9904,386
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)
**Annual Median Wage is in Dollars ($).

According to the BLS, jobs with projected growth of more than 12 percent exceeded the national average of projected growth for all occupations as of May 2012. In particular, employment growth in health support occupations is expected to be very strong into the next decade.

Take a look at the list of California technical schools below to see more careers for which you may wish to train. Many schools offer distance learning programs, so if you don't see a school in your city, you may be able to find an online program that offers you the convenience of studying anywhere you have a computer and Internet access.

Sources

California Economy by the Numbers, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, http://www.business.ca.gov/WhyCA/CaliforniaEconomybytheNumbers.aspx

Labor Market Info, Data by Occupation, State of California Employment Development Department, http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/Content.asp?pageid=1004

State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, California, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm#00-0000

Table 14. -- State Population Rank, Percentage, and Population Density: 1980 to 2010, U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0014.pdf

Vocational Schools in California
This list also contains online schools that accept students from California
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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Baking & Pastry (AS), Web Design & Interactive Media (AS), Web Design & Interactive Communications (D), and more..

Campus Locations :

North Hollywood: 5250 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91601

Sacramento: 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

San Diego: 7650 Mission Valley Rd San Diego, CA 92108

San Francisco: 1170 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Santa Ana: 3601 West Sunflower Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92704

San Bernardino: 674 East Brier Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

Sunnyvale: 1120 Kifer Road Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Santa Monica: 2900 31st Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

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

Programs : BS in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes, B.S. in Communication, BS in Business/Public Sector, and more..

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Online: Online, CA

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

San Diego: 3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Costa Mesa: 3100 Bristol Street Suite 500 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.

Programs : Electrocardiograph Technician, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Assistant, and more..

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Fort Lauderdale: 51 N. State Rd 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

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Programs : Master of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business / Minor in Informatics, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and more..

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Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

Programs : Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Chula Vista: 780 Bay Blvd #101 Chula Vista, CA 91910

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course - On-Site, Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, and more..

Campus Locations :

Valencia: 25104 Rye Canyon Loop Valencia, CA 91355

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San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates. Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields. Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Programs : Respiratory Therapy, Medical Office, Medical Assistant, and more..

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Ontario: 4580 Ontario Mills Parkway Ontario, CA 91764

Fresno: 295 E. Sierra Ave. Fresno, CA 93710

Ready for a rewarding career? Start with a certificate or degree from Carrington College California.

Programs : AS in Massage Therapy, AS in Dental Assisting, Certificate in Massage Therapy, and more..

Campus Locations :

Pleasant Hill: 380 Civic Drive Suite 300 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

San Leandro: 15555 E. 14th Street Suite 500 San Leandro, CA 94578

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Dr. Suite 125 Pomona, CA 91768

Sacramento: 8909 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95826

Get hands-on training with the Allen School Online.

Programs : Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and more..

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Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

Programs : Manicurist, Esthetician, Cosmetology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Palm Desert: 75-030 Gerald Ford Drive Suite 203 Palm Desert, CA 92211

Bakersfield: 2822 F Street Bakersfield, CA 93301

Clovis: 731 W. Shaw Ave Clovis, CA 93612

Visalia: 3356 South Fairway Visalia, CA 93277

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