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Massachusetts Vocational and Technical Schools

With a 2013 estimated population of 6,692,824, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Massachusetts has historically been known for textile manufacturing, higher education and health care. More recently, it gained national recognition as a innovation hub in the areas of finance, biotechnology and information technology. Of course, with over 22 million visitors a year, tourism is another pillar of the state's economy.

Vocational, technical and trade schools in Massachusetts are poised help prepare students to tackle jobs in the state's key industries.


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Top Massachusetts industries and employers

Some of the state's largest employers are hospitals or health care facilities. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), in 2014 the top three largest employers in Suffolk County, which includes the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy and Brighton were:

  1. Brigham & Women's Hospital
  2. Massachusetts General Hospital
  3. Boston University School of Medicine

The financial services industry is responsible for over 180,000 jobs in the state, and vocational training is available in accounting, office management, administrative support and marketing. Major financial services employers in Massachusetts include State Street Corporation, Fidelity Investments and MassMutual Financial Group. Top biotechnology employers include Biogen, Boston Scientific Corporation and Genzyme.

Massachusetts has a fairly robust creative industry with numerous publishing, advertising and design firms. The two largest graphic design firms are Proteus Design and Weymouth Design, Inc. Top advertising firms include Mullen and Arnold Worldwide.

Where to find jobs in Massachusetts

Most jobs are found within Boston's metropolitan area -- including the areas within Route 495 circling the cities of Boston and Cambridge. This area is home to over 10 Fortune 500 companies as well as a host of big hospitals and educational institutions. You'll find many of the state's technology, biotechnology, finance, and publishing jobs here as well.

Cape Cod and the islands host a thriving tourism industry. Though the largest hotels are still found in Boston, including the Sheraton Boston, Marriot Copley Place and the Park Plaza Hotel.

According to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts industries mirror those found in Boston, only on a smaller scale. Health care, tourism, information technology and even high-tech manufacturing jobs can be found.

Fastest growing careers In Massachusetts

Health care is poised to see the greatest growth with over 120,000 added jobs projected through 2020, according to the Massachusetts EOHED.

Here are the Bureau of Labor Statistics-reported May 2013 median hourly wages for some of Massachusetts fastest growing jobs, according to the Massachusetts EOHED:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners2,14056,10016,064
Health Educators1,84047,27016,183
Database Administrators4,53078,80016,091
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers1,33080,51016,339
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2,45036,93016,349
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists15,07065,88016,068
Home Health Aides19,57026,33016,363
Registered Nurses79,27079,88016,329
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)
**Annual Median Wage is in Dollars ($).

Vocational, technical and trade schools In Massachusetts

Those interested in earning a certificate or diploma from a vocational or trade school in Massachusetts may wish to learn more about the career training and credentials these schools may offer.

Sources

Financial Services, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, http://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/industries/financial-services.html

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

State & Country QuickFacts, Massachusetts, U.S. Census Bureau, March 27, 2014, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25000.html

Top Employers in Massachusetts by Industry, Suffolk University Career Service & Cooperative Education, Fall 2011, http://www.suffolk.edu/documents/CareerServices/industry_report_top_employers_in_ma_fall_2011.pdf

Western Massachusetts's Largest Industry Clusters, The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, 2008-2014, http://www.westernmassedc.com/industryclusters/

Vocational Schools in Massachusetts
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Massachusetts
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Framingham: 624 Worchester Road Framingham, MA 01702

Boston: 30 West Street Boston, MA 02111

Lowell: 231 Central Street Lowell, MA 01852

Hyannis: 259 North Street Hyannis, MA 02601

Malden: 347 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148

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Enrich your life and advance your career with a liberal arts education from Salter College.

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West Boylston: 184 West Boylston St. West Boylston, MA 01583

Advance your career with an education from Mildred Elley.

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Pittsfield: 100 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

If you've ever imagined yourself working in the fast-paced beauty industry, Marinello Schools of Beauty has a program to get your foot in the door. Whether you choose cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology or makeup artistry, Marinello will help you turn your passion for beauty into a career. Marinello Schools of Beauty makes every student's success a top priority. Our schools are designed to simulate a working salon environment to provide students with real-life experience and a practical, hands-on education. Each campus is equipped with the latest visual and teaching aids, including the modern professional beauty equipment used in America's top salons.

Programs : Cosmetology, Esthetics (Skin Care), Nail Technology, and more..

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Northampton: 58 & 76 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA 01060

Explore a new direction in your education with Porter & Chester Institute.

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Chicopee: 134 Dulong Circle Chicopee, MA 01022

Westborough: 129 Flanders Road Westborough, MA 01581

Woburn: 8 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801

Canton: 5 Campanelli Circle Canton, MA 02021

Get the career you want at Branford Hall Career Institute.

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Springfield: 189 Brookdale Drive Springfield, MA 01104

Prepare for a rewarding cosmetology career at Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy.

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Ludlow: 44 Sewall Street Ludlow, MA 01056

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