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Florida Vocational and Technical Schools

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Florida's population in 2013 at 19.5 million, up 4 percent since the last census was taken in 2010. That ranks it as the fourth largest state in the nation, behind only California, Texas and New York. In a state that is typically associated with retired adults, about 38 percent of the population -- nearly 7.5 million people -- were employed as of May 2013.

With healthy median annual incomes, a growing population and low unemployment, four Florida metro areas -- Orlando-Kissemmee-Sanford; Cape Coral-Ft. Myers; Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville; and North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota all made Forbes magazine's 2014 list of America's 20 Fastest-Growing Cities.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's employment projections, plenty of occupations in the state are expected to grow much faster over the coming decade than the nationwide average employment growth for all occupations.

Florida's job market is hot, and it has nothing to do with the climate. Take a look at the fastest-growing Florida jobs as compiled by Florida's Bureau of Labor Market Statistics: You don't have to be a Cape Canaveral rocket scientist to enter one of these occupations. In fact, you may be able to prepare at a vocational school for a career in many of these potentially rewarding occupations.

Florida wage and job growth

Trade schools in Florida may offer programs of study for students who want to enter any of the following careers and more (with 2013 mean wage info from the BLS):

Diagnostic medical sonographer

Number employed: 4,856

Job growth 2013-2021: 32.6 percent

Mean annual wage: $59,960

Heating, a/c, & refrigeration (HVAC) mechanics & installers

Number employed: 24,665

Job growth 2013-2021: 31.5 percent

Average annual wage: $40,720

Physical therapy assistants

Number employed: 4,708

Job growth 2013-2021: 29.2 percent

Mean annual wage: $58,560

Medical secretaries

Number employed: 18,205

Job growth 2013-2021: 28.3 percent

Mean annual wage: $30,190

Dental hygienists

Number employed: 10,669

Job growth 2013-2021: 27.1 percent

Mean annual wage: $61,110

Emergency medical technicians & paramedics

Number employed: 9,449

Job growth 2013-2021: 24.0 percent

Mean annual wage: $32,100

Paralegals

Number employed: 24,343

Job growth 2013-2021: 24 percent

Mean annual wage: $47,820

The average annual wage for all occupations in Florida was $41,140 in May 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).

Vocational schools in Florida strive to offer the education and training required to work in these jobs and other trade and vocational fields. Those interested in these careers may wish to explore their options at a vocational school in Florida.

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Florida. http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_fl.htm

Florida's Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, What People Are Asking. http://www.whatpeopleareasking.com/hot_jobs.asp?port=E

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Employment Projections: http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections

Forbes, America's 20 Fastest-Growing Cities, 2/14/2014. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/02/14/americas-20-fastest-growing-cities/

Vocational Schools in Florida
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Florida
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Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs : Bachelor of Arts in Financial Crime Investigation via campus delivery, Software Engineering, BS, Homeland Security, AA, and more..

Campus Locations :

West Palm Beach: 2085 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Pembroke Pines: 1640 SW 145 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs : Computer and Network Support Technician, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Programs : Surgical Technology, Nursing (Practical), Dental Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Casselberry: 7275 Estapona Circle Casselberry, FL 32730

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

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

Campus Locations :

Miami: 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100 Miami, FL 33132

Tampa: Parkside at Tampa Bay Park 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150 Tampa, FL 33614

Fort Lauderdale: 1799 S.E. 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jacksonville: 8775 Baypine Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

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, FL

Miami: 13400 SW 120th Street Miami, FL 33186

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Orlando: 8325 South Park Circle Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Temple Terrace: 12802 Tampa Oaks Boulevard Suite 200 Temple Terrace, FL 33637

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 : Surgical Technologist, Nursing - (AS), Medical Office Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

Tampa: 4202 West Spruce Tampa, FL 33607

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the same curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same degree, quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Programs : Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (PGC), Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN), Specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN), and more..

Campus Locations :

Savannah: 709 Mall Boulevard Savannah, GA 31406

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, AS - Paralegal, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Tallahassee: 2639 N. Monroe Street, Bldg. A, Suite 100 Tallahassee, FL 32303

Saint Petersburg: 877 Executive Center Drive W,Suite 100 Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Orlando: 8301 Southpark Circle, Suite 100 Orlando, FL 32819

Fort Lauderdale: 3401 South University Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Lake Mary: 1400 International Pkwy South Lake Mary, FL 32746

Fort Myers: 13500 Powers Court, Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33912

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

West Palm Beach: 1756 N. Congress Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Pensacola: 6913 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504

Jacksonville: 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 140 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Study for your degree online with Maryville University.

Programs : Online Master of Science in Nursing- Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and more..

Campus Locations :

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Welcome to Argosy University Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Programs : Psychology (BA) (Online), Information Technology (BS) (Online), Business Administration (DBA) (Online), and more..

Campus Locations :

Phoenix: 2233 West Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021

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