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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.

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 tech 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 tech 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

Number employed: 56,000

Job growth 2010-2020: 20 percent

Mean annual wage: $43,220

Dental assistants

Number employed: 45,510

Job growth 2010-2020: 12.1 percent

Mean annual wage: $37,730

Graphic designers

Number employed: 26,290

Job growth 2010-2020: 16.1 percent

Mean annual wage: $57,070

Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Number employed: 24,300

Job growth 2010-2020: 19.1 percent

Mean annual wage: $27,590

Licensed vocational nurses

Number employed: 61,050

Job growth 2010-2020: 22.5 percent

Mean annual wage: $51,800

Medical assistants

Number employed: 82,450

Job growth 2010-2020: 22.5 percent

Mean annual wage: $34,050

Web developers and designers

Number employed: 16,900

Job growth 2010-2020: 22.4 percent

Mean annual wage: $74,570

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 tech 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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Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

Programs : Multimedia Specialist, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fairfield: College of Medical Arts 1652 West Texas Street #15 Fairfield, CA 94533

Riverside: 1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, CA 92507

West Covina: 1400 West Covina Parkway 2nd/3rd Floors West Covina, CA 91790

Orange: 3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92868

Gear up for a better future at WyoTech.

Programs : Electrician, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, Motorcycle Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fremont: 200 Whitney Place Fremont, CA 94539

Long Beach: 2161 Technology Place Long Beach, CA 90810

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 :

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

North Hollywood: 5250 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91601

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

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

Sunnyvale: 1120 Kifer Road Sunnyvale, CA 94086

San Francisco: 1170 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102

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

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

Try your first two online courses for only $200 each with our Start Smart (SM) Offer.

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

Campus Locations :

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

Programs : BS in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes, B.S. in Communication, Master of Health Administration/Informatics, and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, CA

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

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

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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

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

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

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

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

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

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

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

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

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

Campus Locations :

Clovis: 731 W. Shaw Ave Clovis, CA 93612

Visalia: 3356 South Fairway Visalia, CA 93277

Bakersfield: 2822 F Street Bakersfield, CA 93301

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

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 - Graphic Communications and Design, BS - Data Communications Systems Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Vista: 495 La Tortuga Drive - Suite 100 Vista, CA 92081

Concord: 1140 Galaxy Way, Suite 400 Concord, CA 94520

San Bernardino: 670 East Carnegie Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

Rancho Cordova: 10863 Gold Center Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Corona: 4160 Temescal Canyon Road, Suite 100 Corona, CA 92883

San Dimas: 650 W. Cienega Avenue San Dimas, CA 91773

Orange: 4000 W. Metropolitan Drive Suite 100 Orange, CA 92868

Culver City: 6101 W. Centinela Ave. - Suite 180 Culver City, CA 90230

Sylmar: 12669 Encinitas Avenue Sylmar, CA 91342

Oxnard: 2051 Solar Drive Oxnard, CA 93036

Clovis: 362 N. Clovis Avenue Clovis, CA 93612

National City: 401 Mile of Cars Way, Suite 100 National City, CA 91950

Lathrop: 16916 South Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Oakland: 7901 Oakport Street, Ste. 3000 Oakland, CA 94621

Torrance: 20050 South Vermont Avenue Torrance, CA 90502

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

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

Campus Locations :

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

At National Holistic Institute, our history and network of relationships in the field continue to help our graduates succeed. With campuses across California, we offer a comprehensive massage therapy training program that prepares our graduates for a successful career in massage therapy. Whether you are looking to start your career or take it to the next level, NHI has a program for you.

Programs : Massage Therapy/Therapist, and more..

Campus Locations :

Sacramento: 1610 Arden Way Suite 110 Sacramento, CA 95815

San Jose: 3031 Tisch Way One Plaza South San Jose, CA 95128

Santa Ana: 201 E Sandpointe Ave Suite 100 Santa Ana, CA 92707

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : BS in Early Childhood Development, MS in Psychology - Addictions, AAS in Business Administration - Small Business Management, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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