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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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Phillips Graduate Institute, fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), offers masters & a doctoral degree in psychology & the field of human relations, as well as post-graduate credentials. 

Programs : MA in Psychology - School Psychology/Pupil Personnel Services, Doctor of Psychology - Organizational Management and Consulting, MA in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy, and more..

Campus Locations :

Chatsworth: 19900 Plummer Street Chatsworth, CA 91311

Study online with University of Maryland at College Park.

Programs : MBA - Finance, MBA - Information Systems & Business Analytics, MBA - Marketing, and more..

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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 :

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

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

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

San Francisco: 1170 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Sunnyvale: 1120 Kifer Road Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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

North Hollywood: 5250 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91601

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

The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

Programs : Master of Social Work, and more..

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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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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

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

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

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

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

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

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

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

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

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

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

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

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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The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) is now offering MPH@GW, an online Master of Public Health (MPH). With classes developed and delivered by GW's world-class faculty, MPH@GW features the same rigorous academics and selective admission criteria as on-campus MPH programs offered by SPHHS.

Programs : Master of Public Health, Executive Master of Health Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

Washington: 2121 I Street Northwest Washington, DC 20066

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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One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880.

Programs : Online Master of Science in Applied Psychology, Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Urban Public Librarianship, Master of Management in Library and Information Science -Academic Librarianship, and more..

Campus Locations :

Los Angeles: University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90033

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

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