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Maine Vocational and Technical Schools

From Kennebunkport on the south shore to Frenchville way up north, Maine appeals to both residents and tourists alike for its rugged coastal beauty and quintessential New England lifestyle. Those seeking careers will also find a variety of fields where they can earn a good living in the state, along with the Maine vocational, trade and technical schools that can help them get there.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Maine's population has been holding steady in recent years. As of 2013, the state's estimated population was 1,328,302, while the 2010 Census reported 1,328,361. The unemployment rate in Maine has also remained steady and relatively low, at under 6 percent for the past eight months after reaching over 8 percent in 2010 at the height of the economic downturn. And just as the population rate and employment figures are steady in Maine, there are several industries around the state that are a steady and secure part of Maine's economy.

Maine industries and employment numbers

As of September 2014, there were 663,600 people employed in the state of Maine, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov). They were employed in the following industries:

  • Education and health services, 124,900 employees
  • Trade, transportation and utilities, 119,900 employees
  • Government, 100,000
  • Leisure and hospitality, 64,800
  • Professional and business services, 61,800
  • Manufacturing, 51,200
  • Financial services, 32,500
  • Construction, 26,100
  • Information, 7,300
  • Mining and logging, 2,700
  • Other, 20,600

Within these industries, the following companies are some of the top employers in Maine:

  • LL Bean, Inc., clothing and outdoor recreation equipment
  • Bath Iron Works Corp., shipyard
  • Maine Medical Center, medical and health care
  • Wal-Mart/Sam's Club, retail
  • Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Group, aerospace manufacturer
  • Hannaford Bros. Co., grocery and pharmacy retail
  • TD Bank, banking and financial services
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, medical and health care
  • Shaws Supermarkets, Inc., grocery and pharmacy retail
  • Verso Paper Corp., manufacturer of coated papers

Wages for vocational jobs in Maine

While the average annual wage for all jobs in Maine as of May 2013 was $41,440, many careers pay more, including vocational and trade careers. The following list includes the yearly wage for some vocational careers in Maine, with 2012-2022 job growth from Projections Central:

  • Registered nurses, $62,640, 11.8% growth
  • Web developers, $51,270, 9.3% growth
  • Dental hygienists, $67,730, 18% growth
  • Radiologic technologists, $55,560, 13.2% growth
  • Chefs and head cooks, $42,640, .2% growth
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorders counselors, $42,830, 31.5% growth
  • Aircraft mechanics and service technicians, $46,310, 5.5% growth
  • Computer user support specialists, $42,040, 8.5% growth
  • Paralegals and legal assistants, $44,760, 9.4

Vocational, technical, and trade schools in Maine

Studying at a vocational, technical, or trade school in Maine may be a useful way for some workers to compete in the state's marketplace and prepare for a position in one of Maine's top industries. Students who earn degrees from vocational schools around the state are eager to gain the skills and education they need to pursue careers in Maine.

Sources:

Maine, U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts, Accessed October 25, 2014, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/23000.html

Maine's Biggest Industries; Structural Overview of the Maine Economy, Maine.gov, Accessed October 25, 2014, http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=97964&an=1

High-Wage, In-Demand Jobs in Maine by Education, Maine Department of Labor Center for Workforce Research and Information, Accessed October 25, 2014, http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/data/oes/hwid.html

Job Outlook to 2022, Maine Department of Labor Center for Workforce Research and Information, Accessed October 25, 2014, http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlook.html

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Maine, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_me.htm

Vocational Schools in Maine
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Maine
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