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New Jersey Vocational and Technical Schools

New Jersey vocational schools offer students a wealth of different career paths to consider and explore.

New Jersey is a major hub for advanced manufacturing -- the sector contributes more than $17 billion annually to the state's economy, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports. Chemical, machinery, computer and electronics manufacturing make up nearly 80 percent of the state's advanced manufacturing workforce. In 2012, nearly 50,000 people worked in the state's chemical manufacturing industry.

New Jersey also is a major contributor to the nation's biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. According to a 2013-2014 economic study done by Sun National Bank of Vineland, more than 3,100 New Jersey companies work in those three industries combined and employ more than 123,000 people in highly skilled jobs.

Hospitality and tourism are another key economic driver for New Jersey -- Atlantic City is home to many of the largest casinos on the East Coast. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), employment in April of 2014 for some of the major industries in New Jersey included:

  • Manufacturing with 241,400 workers
  • Trade, transportation and utilities with 836,000 workers
  • Leisure and hospitality with 347,200 employees
  • Professional and business services with 637,200 employees

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Employment continues to grow from recession-era lows in these sectors and others, the BLS reports.

New Jersey population, employment and salary data

The estimated population of New Jersey in 2013 was 8.9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reports, up 1.2 percent from three years earlier. Unemployment in the state stood at just under 7 percent in April of 2014, the BLS reports. According to the BLS, select median hourly wages in May of 2013 for workers in various industries in New Jersey included:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Chefs and Head Cooks4,02054,56022,874
Paralegals and Legal Assistants6,63056,26022,667
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2,91041,23023,151
Bartenders15,92021,30022,882
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

New Jersey also offers upwardly mobile students many opportunities to seek career advancement. There are 21 Fortune 500 companies located in the Garden State, including Honeywell, Merck, Toy "R" Us, Bed Bath & Beyond and Avaya. Students interested in setting their feet on the right career path may want to learn more about enrolling in a vocational school in New Jersey.

Sources

2013-2014 New Jersey Economic Outlook, Sun National Bank, http://www.sunnationalbank.com/pdf/2013-14NewJerseyEconomicOutlook.pdf

Economy at a Glance, New Jersey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2014, http://www.sunnationalbank.com/pdf/2013-14NewJerseyEconomicOutlook.pdf

State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, 2013, http://www.sunnationalbank.com/pdf/2013-14NewJerseyEconomicOutlook.pdf

State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, New Jersey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.sunnationalbank.com/pdf/2013-14NewJerseyEconomicOutlook.pdf 

Vocational Schools in New Jersey
This list also contains online schools that accept students from New Jersey
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At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education, B.S. in Environmental Science, Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership, and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, NJ

Jersey City: 100 Town Square Place Suite 305 Jersey City, NJ 07310

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

Programs : Electrical, Heavy Equipment, Diesel Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Union: 2299 Vauxhall Road Union, NJ 07083

Mahwah: 70 McKee Drive Mahwah, NJ 07430

South Plainfield: 901 Hadley Road South Plainfield, NJ 07080

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs : BFA, Interior Design, BS, Legal Studies, AAS, Bus Admin-Accounting, and more..

Campus Locations :

Paramus: 64 East Midland Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652

Clifton: 600 Getty Avenue Clifton, NJ 07011

Dover: 1 West Blackwell Street Dover, NJ 07801

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Programs : Criminal Justice, AA (Online), Criminal Justice, BA (Online), Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only), and more..

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Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Electrician, Early Childhood Education, Funeral Service Education, and more..

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Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

Programs : M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure), M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure), and more..

Campus Locations :

: 3300 W Camelback Road , NJ

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course, and more..

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With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs : Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, M.Div: Leadership, MA Theological Studies: Theology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Lynchburg: 1971 University Boulevard Lynchburg, VA 24502

Pursue your education online with The College Network.

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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 - Criminology and Forensic Technology, AS - Visual Communications, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Marlton: 2 Greentree Center 9000 Lincoln Dr. E, Suite 100 Marlton, NJ 08053

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